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by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: How Many Times ?
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: How Many Times ?

Nick Grey wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:40 am
Isn't it 100 pounds a board? Ouch.
In a word, no. See Rule 11: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/1819_rules.htm#11
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS

Returning to Alex's pre-election answer on this forum, I hope he won't mind if I ask - as an open question rather than through private messaging - whether he has yet had the opportunity to canvass parents' views? I can understand that he may well have higher priorities - and, furthermore, that it m...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 2219

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Granted, after 74. Nf8???????? [-6.80], you might imagine Shankland stood well. But this is Wijk-aan-Zee, not the Ambleside & District Div 4. So anything can happen. And it did. A draw! Of course. The Ambleside & District Division 4 probably has adjudications, so no one has ever reached move 74. :P
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Really??
Replies: 14
Views: 785

Re: Really??

You didn't. Their match had two of the last half dozen or so games to finish. The arbiter - not me, I hasten to add - was inputting the games (which were available to download within 15 minutes of the end of the round, in both Division 1 and 2; admittedly only if you can deduce where to find them on...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

There's no Gold membership argument. What other arguments are there? Really? So, if I organise a FIDE rated rapid then silver membership is enough? The ECF website seems to be lacking when it comes to information regarding what level of membership is required for the different flavours of competiti...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 818

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

Looks like there won't be. The regulations state Yes, those regulations are truly awful. While not commenting on their merits, it is interesting that: - The tie-breaks are the same as they were for the World Rapid & Blitz; except that in the case where there was a tie for 1st place, the top 2 playe...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

What other arguments are there? You need to check that everyone has a FIN, or if they don't that they are content to be ENG. You're right, I'd forgotten that. It's hardly a show-stopper. We've seen with FIDE ratings just how random rankings can become for players rated below 2000. Only because the ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

But there's no reason why every ECF-graded Rapidplay in England isn't FIDE-rated. There are very good reasons for that. The administrative burden on organisers of FIDE rating is by no means trivial. Some run a FIDE rated tournament once and swear "Never again". Off topic, but that is the fallacy in...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

But then again I'm not entirely sure a 154/ 1712 player should be in a national league anyway. Are there any other groups you would like to weed out while you're at it? Women, perhaps? I had thought from the criticism directed at me last night by Nick Faulks that he was a champion of juniors and fe...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

Yes, you encourage the behaviour you want, and penalise the behaviour you don't want. I would have thought the behaviour you really want is that teams entering commit themselves to playing every single weekend. If that could be assumed, there would be no need to delay publishing the pairings pendin...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1837

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

I see that there are three absentee teams from Division Four (South) - namely Barnet Knights 4, Barnet Knights 5 and Check Innmates 3. Bearing in mind the number of registrations these clubs have notified (69 & 32 respectively), I can't understand why they are unable to raise sides given the dates ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6147

Re: Hastings

. If cricket were invented tomorrow, do you think we'd be more likely to play a 5-day game or a T20 game? If golf were invented tomorrow, would the tournaments be four 18-hole rounds? These questions don't mean anything and the answers are therefore unknowable. Of course the answer is unknowable, b...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6147

Re: Hastings

I think his main premise - that if we invented chess today we would expect the game to last 30-40 minutes - is more or less spot on; I wouldn't expect it to be more than an hour. Based on what? Yes but even if that is true, so what? Based on the fact that games aren't designed to last 5-7 hours the...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6147

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with pote...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7643

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

In which case, given that Paul has now enlightened me on the various other league chess offerings in London, sensible people will migrate to the leagues that use increments leaving the London League to wither, won't they? Outside of London, there isn't the choice. But many of these leagues abolishe...