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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Paul McKeown wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:53 am
What was the point of the outgoing director responding, then, if his ultimate statement was that he was the outgoing director?
I naively thought that trying to answer your question would be helpful. I shan't make the same mistake in future.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Sadly, my post, typed on my phone, seems to have gotten lost. I am concerned on three issues: a) I seem to have missed the announcement that the ECF was changing its Tournament Rules. That is, no doubt, on me, but I would appreciate a commitment from the ECF that any future change to the Tournament...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:42 pm
I was unaware of the ECF's change of policy.
Isn't communication a wonderful thing. I'll now ask the ECF Chief Arbiter when she finishes bringing dinner why I wasn't informed of the change :D
I confess that I didn't check up on whether the CAA Chairman informed the rest of the CAA.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

I am sure that the ECF actually used to state a default default time on its website, which was as stated by the CAA. I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you on that point. What I am saying is that the rules changed in 2017, so the ECF updated its rules on the website. The CAA would appear not to h...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

I think this one is quite simple - the CAA didn't update its webpage. It is not clear that the ECF agreed this in the first place, perhaps one official wrote and agreed it on the ECF's behalf. But if it did, the ECF thought that the matter was a decision of the Organiser as of 2017, and not a matter...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3023

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I can only find the Gambian Chief Arbiter listed in the voting register as representing Hastings. I struggle to think of a reason why that body should have any genuine objection to a new Junior Director, or has Alex upset someone else. Personality clashes aside, congresses voting on non congress is...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3023

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:51 pm
But did note he faced the decision whether to enter the British or major open himself recently.
I didn't mention it at the time, but as it happens, he did neither - he accepted an invitation to be an arbiter at it instead.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30360

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:39 pm
No one has complained against the pairing method
Yes, they have.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3595

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

I am grateful to both of you for treating me with rather more respect than the outgoing Director who, in a post on the English Chess Forum at https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=9839&start=30, dismissed my suggestions out of hand on the grounds that they came from me. Was using language...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3595

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

There used to be a management tool that identified high, low, medium priority tasks, and also whether they were small, medium or large in terms of time required to achieve them. It was helpful to some people. I seriously couldn't form a view on the relative importance of David's list though its a g...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: Grand Prix 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:03 pm
"The New York match had a media reach of 1.4 billion people, and the opening press conference reached 700 million people."

Assuming the American "billion", that means that 800 million non-players looked at it!?
Apparently so. Or by another metric, 1 in 5 people in the world.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5644

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Richard Bates wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:23 am
The EuroClub only awards half pt for a bye
Same at the Olympiad, FWIW.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2886

Re: ECF increased membership costs

Is it then correct to say that arbiter training is an activity undertaken by the ECF. Or would it happen without the ECF? It happened before on an ad hoc basis with the ECF not really in control of it but with lots of people doings things occasionally in an opaque way, and I sorted it out in a way ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: Grand Prix 2019

Richard Bates wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:11 pm
Sky News maybe (on a one off basis). Sky Sports I think unlikely.
When I said "cover it", he said it would be regular coverage. Presumably this means every day.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: Grand Prix 2019

I have no idea what was said or whether the election of Dvorkovich (no fan of AGON) will have changed things. I was there but remember only a presentation regarding the London match. Was anyone paying better attention? I imagine that the Dvorkovich victory will change things a great deal. I remembe...