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by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Venues
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Venues

I've turned up to my club venue for a match only to see the venue boarded up.

If the question is about "the difficulty in finding a suitable venue", you need to first define what a suitable venue is. I think I would only describe a maximum of 10% of club venues that I've ever been to as "suitable".
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 332
Views: 19100

Re: Director of Women's Chess

John McKenna > Why is it that since the Polgar experiment no female player has got anywhere near the top of the FIDE rating list? As said before, it is the simple weight of numbers. Roughly speaking, one active player of FIDE rated games in ten is female. The top female is #88 on the top player lis...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 99
Views: 7926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

how much more confirmation of Caruana signing up do you need than the guy who's organising the match tweeting that Caruana signed it? Hang on, Merenzon tweeting that something is true is sufficient evidence that something is true? I guess if I'd made the same tweet in the same situation, I'd get pr...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 99
Views: 7926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Caruana signs up . I haven't seen any online confirmation of this, I believe that today is the deadline, have Carlsen and Caruana signed on the dotted line? :o I don't think of myself as an Agon apologist, but how much more confirmation of Caruana signing up do you need than the guy who's organisin...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 988

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

While I don't wish to make a big point about this, can anyone explain why in addition to the separate 50+ and 65+ British Championships, there are (rather good) prizes for competition among 50+ players who prefer to enter the 'main' Championships yet no prizes for 65+ players who do the same? They ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19494

Re: British Championship 2018

They will appear. They're going to be input this week. I wasn't there because I decided not to be an arbiter/staff team member at this year's event, in order to let other people have a turn. I hadn't appreciated that this meant there would be a lack of games-inputting resource compared with previous...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2581

Re: Batumi Olympiad

In terms of British connections, Helen Milligan is in the New Zealand women's team: http://chess-results.com/tnr368909.aspx?lan=1&art=8&snr=78 One English connection I doubt anyone would have spotted, but Joy Ching Li, who played in Warwickshire's county junior teams at Under 9 and Under 11 level as...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19494

Re: British Championship 2018

However the first part of the claim, that reducing the number of rounds from 11 to 9 had some impact, makes no sense whatsoever unless you accept the false premise that correlation = causation. It might make more sense to you if you received the emails from the players that I did. To name one examp...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19494

Re: British Championship 2018

Why is it though that in the last couple of years, the ECF has been unable to announce the dates and venue of the next year's competition during the previous one? Because venues are increasingly holding out for better offers than they can get from a chess tournament; i.e. ones that pay significantl...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19494

Re: British Championship 2018

I hadn't seen anyone else calling it this. Is this debatable or was it really the strongest? The average rating of Mickey's opponents was 2526, compared with 2502 when he won in 2011, the only other real candidate. I wonder if the chopping off of the tail helped there as well, and the shortening of...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championships 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2139

Re: Irish Championships 2018

I hope the ECF has learnt its lesson and doesn't let him back. While it won't be my job to do anything about it by then, I've put this on the list of things to sort out for 2019. While on the face of it this is not very impressive, has he actually transgressed any regulations? Of course it may just...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championships 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2139

Re: Irish Championships 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:24 am
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:20 am
And now I see why Conor Murphy disappeared from Hull a couple of days ago!
I hope the ECF has learnt its lesson and doesn't let him back.
While it won't be my job to do anything about it by then, I've put this on the list of things to sort out for 2019.
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19494

Re: British Championship 2018

Just on the issue of qualification (mentioned briefly by Nick, above) as i don't think it has been commented on. It is possibly worth observing that of the 10 qualifiers from the new Qualifying Grand Prix, only one(!) is actually competing in the Championship. 2 are playing in the seniors O65, and ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5181

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

The approach of successive governments towards chess has been: Charge the national governing bodies VAT Spend money fighting court cases that would potentially have made chess VAT-exempt Take away the already small grant awarded to the ECF Consistently reject the notion of chess being a sport Agains...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 19
Views: 2591

Re: 2019 British

but have you seen the size of the venues when the players championship are held? you need to check them out!! I have not. But again, in context, the prize fund of one Players Championship is in excess of the prize fund of the British Chess Championship - more than double in fact. And there are 22 o...