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by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8490

Re: 2019 British

Re accommodation is it not normal to expect free WiFi in bedrooms nowadays?... At Torquay it's one of the first things I'll check before booking. When I was in Torquay a few years back the hotel said it had wifi. When I arrived they told me there was no password but that they were having problems w...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8490

Re: 2019 British

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:07 am
Torquay again then.
Wasn’t Torquay the venue for The Great ‘Can I Take My Own Sandwiches’ Debacle?
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 83
Views: 5140

Re: London chess classic

On the entry form, they really have it in for players rated under 2050. Not only are they not eligible for rating prizes in the FIDE Open, they aren't allowed to enter the U2050 sections if their ECF grade is 180 or above. Personally, the absence of rating prizes doesn’t bother me. I’ve always foun...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship 2018

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Adair blunders in a drawn rook ending against Keith...
Drawn but tricky in practice. Arkell win a very similar ending at the British a couple of years ago
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship 2018

Daniel Young has just beaten his second IM with the black pieces.

He has 2.5/3 against IMs so far this event.
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 109
Views: 9644

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:33 am
It's a drop in the ocean compared to Agon's belief of 600,000,000 world chess players interested in the match.
I'm quite sure that Agon don't believe this.
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 109
Views: 9644

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

In response to Danny King offering to stage the World Chess Championship in his front room, World Chess tweeted : "Hi! We will keep it in mind:) But the venue will be announced this week!" Somewhat to my surprise, apparently it has been >> https://twitter.com/leonwatson/status/1024625627662561283?s...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship

I think the removal of the tail .... Not quite removed - there are still a number of entrants under and around 2000 elo - but the tournament field definitely looks much more balanced this year. The Major Open looks better too. These things are connected, obvs Sorry, should have written the removal ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:38 pm
I think the removal of the tail ....
Not quite removed - there are still a number of entrants under and around 2000 elo - but the tournament field definitely looks much more balanced this year. The Major Open looks better too. These things are connected, obvs
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship

Incidentally, I draw attention to Hawkins v Roberson, not just because White has a useful edge from a French exchange, but also because it appears to be a Cheddleton speciality: both Fodor and team captain Fiona Steil-Antoni played it at the last 4NCL weekend (as the brilliant CHESS reporter observ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21272

Re: British Championship

Down the boards, a nice draw for Daniel Young - 175 ECF - with IM Kolbus
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Isn't this the time ...
Replies: 61
Views: 6711

Re: Isn't this the time ...

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:39 pm
Looks like my really big crash is yet to come ....

I avoided this fate by playing no games at all. For the first tine since 1999 I have no grade.
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 20891

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Any governing body without misconduct rules and procedures deserves any grief it gets. Or bad press. There are really good reasons for not just having these rules against officials. We also have enough problems about the rules/laws and ethics regarding chess and competitions. I would certainly like...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 20891

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm
If she is an ECF member she ought to be charged with misconduct & bring the game into dispute ....
Leaving aside the question of grounds, does the ECF have the procedures to do this? If so please do explain the procedure and range of penalties available.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 20891

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I think I would go further. I would expect that if I applied for a job unsuccessfully that the application should be treated as in confidence and should not be made public (unless the aplicants do so themselves, of course) .... Well yes and no. No being (a)This isn’t a job and (b) exceptional circu...