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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1990

Re: FIDE account closed

Why should ECF continue to pay into a bank account that fide have not got control of or unfrozen or any UK organiser of a tournament for that matter? For the most part, paying FIDE isn't a continuous process in the way that I think you might imagine it. Organisers don't directly pay FIDE. Each Fede...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2283

Re: Northumbria Masters

Try: https://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?view=article&id=204 Not the original discussion document but the opening paragraph gives the reasoning. Later paragraphs give how it should be carried out. Thanks, but I had found that. I got as far as "It can be shown that, in title tournaments, this c...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2283

Re: Northumbria Masters

They did the numbers and presented them, and the world voted to approve the system. That doesn't make it a closed question for all time. In particular the suggestion above is that it can distort the pairings for those in the running for prizes. Organisers have the option not to use acceleration, th...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2283

Re: Northumbria Masters

David Sedgwick phoned me last Friday, and we expressed mutual surprise that we agreed on something. At the risk of causing him some sort of traumatic shock injury, I'm going to agree with him again. It's time to return things to normal. I didn't phone you last Friday. You phoned me. I phoned you at...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2283

Re: Northumbria Masters

If you want accelerated pairings untainted by arbiter discretion, phantom points is the way to go. but why it should extend beyond the first three rounds is an open question. It isn't an open question anymore. It was an open question until 2016, when at the end of the process the SPP went through, ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1990

Re: FIDE account closed

I wonder how many members of this Forum could name any Zone President. Out of the 26, I knew three and correctly guessed one more. I could name three, but that was only because I know who the Presidents of the Canadian, US and Russian Chess Federations are, and I know that they are zones in their o...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2283

Re: Northumbria Masters

Round 3 and the only player on 2/2 is on board 11... http://chess-results.com/tnr330966.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=3&wi=821 This pairing system is surely nonsense isn't it? I'm debating whether or not I should try to explain the reasoning, process and diligence that came up with the pairing system. But on...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1990

Re: FIDE account closed

It's not a good advert for chess. No, but the crimes of which the US Treasury accuses Kirsan are vague and unsubstantiated ( and also nothing to do with chess ). By contrast, the top management of FIFA stands accused of misdeeds which seems beyond doubt, but football survives and the 2022 World Cup...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1990

Re: FIDE account closed

The apparent insinuation that players in the Candidates may not get paid is presumably just an attempt to stir the pot. This money comes from Agon, so the biggest problem there may be that when FIDE gets its 20% there may be no bank account into which to pay it. Possibly naive question. Is it known...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1546

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

When the current system was set up, ECF officials were in contact with the ICO about the data they collect, and the way it was used. The ICO were satisfied, and so when the occasional person wrote to the ECF, we know that the ICO is aware of and satisfied with what the ECF is doing under the current...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen vs Nakamura
Replies: 13
Views: 997

Re: Carlsen vs Nakamura

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:19 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:11 pm
Yes. Deemed more exciting by TV, I gather.
Would they have allowed 10.2/Appendix G/(whatever it's now called) claims? Not by Naka but by Carlsen so he would avoid a loss on time?
It's now called Guideline III, but I don't know.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen vs Nakamura
Replies: 13
Views: 997

Re: Carlsen vs Nakamura

Nick Burrows wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:58 pm
I noticed he had R&B v R, but presumed impossible he would lose that on time. Are the games without increment?
Yes. Deemed more exciting by TV, I gather.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grade/Age Categories
Replies: 31
Views: 1690

Re: New Grade/Age Categories

I think Angus has done a good thing here. Not sure I've seen this data before. It's the kind of data that should inform ECF's strategic thinking - though I see scant evidence of that. If I had more time, I'd offer up some tentative analysis. But for now, I'll offer this: * 50% of chess is being pla...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

They might want to tell themselves that they still have Wang v Howell in progress It wouldn't be the first time that a tournament had ploughed ahead with play-offs and discounted unfinished games. When I went to Gibraltar as a game-inputter, the playoff was played while games were still going on in...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World class time-trouble addicts
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: World class time-trouble addicts

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:26 pm
You have long periods of boredom during the early middle game when you wonder what on earth he is thinking about, followed by facing a Jack Rudd style speed monster from about move 20.
Maybe that was a deliberate tactic; bore you into making a mistake?