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by Alex Holowczak
Tue May 21, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Moscow FIDE Grand Prix 17th to 29th May 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1197

Re: Moscow FIDE Grand Prix 17th to 29th May 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 7:16 pm
Svidler loses, which surprised me as I thought this format would suit him
He's always done very well in the World Cup, so I thought Svidler would do well too. I said so elsewhere - which is probably why he lost. :P
by Alex Holowczak
Mon May 20, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6531

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

At the moment I am considering (for August 2019 onwards) FIDE rating the third section at Hampstead, this will probably be Under 1700 (and you would also have to be Under ECF 135). What do you think? Juniors will love this. Also, I've FIDE-rated the U1600 section - the bottom one - of the LCC weeke...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 19, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7452

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

To frame this as a disagreement between Council and Board overlooks that the biggest block vote in Council is the Board members. The Board only has 1 vote per Director out of a Council of about 300. It's quite possibly true that: - Directors have more votes than that in their other capacities (e.g....
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 18, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7452

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Trying to pull the thread back on topic, here's a suggestion for what us plebs would like the ECF to spend some money on. How about an annual £5,000 congress contingency fund? The idea is to rescue events which get cancelled because the organisers believe the event is going to lose money and encour...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu May 16, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1914

Re: What if a player falls ill....

The problem, yet again, Alex Holowczak, is that the rules are not clearly specified. A lot of sports make allowances for injury, but such interruptions to the flow of play are not, and should never be, indefinite. If it were specified that the arbiter may stop the game for, say, up to 10 minutes, t...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu May 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1914

Re: What if a player falls ill....

Nigel Short > The player who falls ill should lose - as they do in tennis. End of story.< Law 12.2.6 The arbiter shall take special measures in the interests of disabled players and those who need medical attention. Beginning of story. Another case in chess of "Arbiter as God Syndrome". Instead of ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed May 15, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1247

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

Incidentally, on the point about loyalty when a team is relegated, my perception is that the league is the strongest it has been in the last 10 years. Others may have a more objective basis for this comment, but: - Guildford in 2018-19 were much stronger than the then-dominant Wood Green side of 10 ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon May 13, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 21
Views: 902

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 1:29 pm
The play-off has now taken place with Harrogate A winning by the narrowest possible margin.
Damn, I was hoping for all drawn games and another kerfuffle as to what to do next. :lol:
by Alex Holowczak
Mon May 13, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season musings, part two
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: End of season musings, part two

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:16 pm
Mike T is even happy to pay.
Not sure that's true about anything. "Will begrudgingly accept that this is something money needs to be spent on" perhaps. :lol:
by Alex Holowczak
Tue May 07, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 116
Views: 6143

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

However the table is giving Wessex B as 3rd. This morning, the final Division 4 table shows Oxford 3 in 3rd place. The software doesn't have every single tie-break coded into it. If you go far enough down the tie-break list, then you end up hitting the barrier of what has been coded. As a result of...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon May 06, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 21
Views: 2655

Re: Another new IM

Following Southend at Easter, his rating on the latest list is 2413 (See https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=415804), so ratification of the IM title is presumably now just a formality at the next relevant FIDE meeting. There is still paperwork to be done, but I know that David Clayton has th...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu May 02, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2321

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 8:21 am
There have been occasions where they are looking at child's game on software.
Or they are playing on a liveboard, so they are watching the game on Chess24 (or something) on their phone, which has an engine on it.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 1513

Re: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament

What is the penalty for breaching the Sofia rules? ;) I put this point to Emil on Facebook, and a number of other points. The other points got responses, but not this one. But of course, there isn't a penalty really... They should add a regulation about prize money being forfeited rather than scori...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 2925

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

Unfortunately, Leonard has made a number of factually inaccurate comments, and doesn't really seem to be aware of what is actually going on. Perhaps I can help him and other commenters who are equally unaware. It looks to me as if Alex H or his predecessor have dumped the selection committee and sub...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4294

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Given the many low quality performances, maybe you need more stringent qualification rules for the Academy, perhaps comparable to the level for the Acceleration Programme. Or maybe a merger of the two with concentration of resources on the small numbers who show real promise by current internationa...