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by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone ringing during a game.
Replies: 6
Views: 547

Re: Mobile phone ringing during a game.

Something went wrong with the tram, so a couple of minutes after the starting time he phoned his top board to report that he would be in breach of the new zero tolerance regulations... Which one might also think is entirely stupid, since the top board would have been painfully aware of this transgr...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 133
Views: 6733

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

There are schools events going on in the Auditorium until about 2pm on each of Monday to Friday; and in the East Hall until about 3:30pm. The Monday to Friday rounds start at 4pm to allow for the room to be set up. This isn't an issue in Round 1, which was at Google. Nor is it an issue at the weeken...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone ringing during a game.
Replies: 6
Views: 547

Re: Mobile phone ringing during a game.

He was politely informed that technically the game was still in progress and thus this board is now lost (unless his opponent had insufficient material to win in which case it would be a draw) This is not quite the case. Even if there is "insufficient material", or more accurately, the player canno...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 133
Views: 6733

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

At the start of Round 1 today in the FIDE Open, Malcolm addressed the Hall and confirmed that despite the earlier question marks, the London Chess Classic will indeed take place again in 2018.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 133
Views: 6733

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am
There is also the English KO event starting today.
Jonathan Rowson might dispute that.
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:08 pm
I believe defaults are happening more frequently in London and surrounding areas because of traffic or a very poor public transport situation.
The good folk of Lincolnshire are no doubt shedding a tear at how poor public transport is in London for them to get to league games.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

Andy McAtear wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:55 pm
My question is this, should the game be submitted for grading purposes?
Why not e-mail the ECF, if you haven't already? You might just get a definitive answer from him, rather than lots of people giving you their opinion.

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/ask-the-directors/
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 73
Views: 3863

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Mike Truran wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Plus, why apply for a visa just to make a political point if you don't intend to play? I doubt most professional chess players would think beyond their next pay day.
I suspect there will be one or two who would want to make the political point.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 73
Views: 3863

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

If this article by Itamar Eichner the Diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli, Yedioth Ahronot newspaper, is to be believed then, following discussions with Kirsan Illyumzhinov, 11 applications from Israel chess players are due to be submitted for visas to play in Saudi Arabia. If approved it will...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 3297

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Why are the top England players not there? Other commitments? Lack of funding? Was the ECF involved in any of the co-ordination? Perhaps the question you should be asking is why did the 4NCL chose a weekend that clashed with the World Seniors Championship? No matter when you hold it, you're always ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 13217

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

The World Chess Facebook page is indeed streaming the commentary today for free, so I'll stop giving them the benefit of the doubt.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 13217

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Obviously the notion of a taster session is not bad in and of itself. It’s how you implement it. I’m not sure leaving people feeling cheated is good thing in the long-term That's probably fair comment. Although the relationship between Agon and the public is so far beyond repair at this point that ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 13217

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

... BT Sport streamed the England warmup game the other day via its Facebook page .... Whilst simultaneously charging $10 pay per view? Jonathan I mentioned more the concept of offering a "taster" free of charge to draw people over to the main site. I think you could probably justify it on that bas...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior U20 Championship 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2747

Re: World Junior U20 Championship 2017

As I understand it from the rules and regs the winner of the Open/boys will get the GM title. Praggnanandhaa is on 3.5/4 with a staggering performance rating of 2770 with 5 rounds to go and if he wins he beats Karjakin's record as the youngest ever. There are 7 rounds to go, it's an 11-round tourna...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 13217

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

I’ve seen two reports on twitter from established journalists - Peter Doggers & Leonard Ootes - asking why Agon are charging money to watch the video feed of the Grand Prix via their website whilst giving the same video away for free via Facebook. Now *that* is a new broadcast model It's not that u...