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by Alan Walton
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 2575

Re: New National Blitz event

I actually had permission to leave Paignton ( on 6/6) with a zero point bye, to nip off to one of the easy qualifiers ( eg Bristol or Cardiff, nearby) but decided against doing so as it just seemed wrong. It looks like the event was quite successful, but I think it was a mistake to automatically el...
by Alan Walton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: FM Philip Short
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: FM Philip Short

In the few years having playing in Ireland you can never come across a nicer man; sorry for your country’s loss
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 1300

Re: Youngest ever English GM

Remember back then k factors were only 15 for everybody, and not 40; if your are to do true comparisons then you have to calculate on an equivalent basis Start ratings were higher as well, so if you come in at 1600 or 1800 that's less of a gain needed to reach 2300 and an FM title. CM and FM titles...
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 1300

Re: Youngest ever English GM

According to the fide site David was rated 2193 in July 2001 aged 10 years 8 months. Shreyas is rated 2115 aged 9 years 7 months. If he maintains his current rate of progress he will be ahead of that curve. At Shreyas current age, Praggnanandhaa was rated 2200. Whereas Abdusattorov was rated 2057 R...
by Alan Walton
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5516

Re: County Championship Finals

The side room which hosted the Open section had its own independent air conditioning control. I know, as I switched it in the morning when putting up notices and placing board numbers. From the reports posted and otherwise received it would appear that the units failed or were unable to cope, both ...
by Alan Walton
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5516

Re: County Championship Finals

I was there to present the prizes, and I agree the playing conditions weren’t great. No promises (money is tight as always), but we’ll see if anything can be done for next year. Can we award you the ECF prize for biggest understatement of the year with this comment; you could have just said conditi...
by Alan Walton
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5516

Re: County Championship Finals

I have to admit I was quite glad to get away after the game this weekend (not just because I lost); the conditions in the playing area for the Open were most probably the worst I have ever played at; with no air conditioning the heat was very oppressive; I had players coming from the main room actua...
by Alan Walton
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2450

Re: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018

Nice piece Chess: Trio of young English experts impress at Pula Open in Croatia by Leonard Barden in the Guardian online: "Success in Pula reflects well on the English Chess Federation’s elite programme, which provides an annual grant to the best talents to be spent on coaching, books, or travel to...
by Alan Walton
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2450

Re: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018

Horton has a TPR of 2519, has played 3 IM+ and 5 titled players if you include the opponent who didn't turn up against him. But it's quite complicated given the situation with the default, and I lack the enthusiasm to dive into those murky depths at the moment. It is relatively simple regarding the...
by Alan Walton
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 3145

Re: Dutch defence

2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away, the knight doesn’t always belong on f3 in a lot of variations and believe it or not is better on h3 - a lot of opponents in the minor are London / Colle players, so you will get this move a lot - White will be hoping for 2...d5 next, gettin...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Probably a record?

At Bunratty a couple of years ago I lost three on the bounce against Nick Pert, Bogdan Lalic and David Fitzsimons, albeit David was only an FM but he was rating 2390; this was in round 3-5, but it was still within 24 hours
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 6188

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

I think in this transitional year until the new qualifying process is embedded it does look strange to have a lower limit

Once the new qualifying is in place; I suspect the volume of U2051 players will be significantly reduce and this becomes less of an issue
by Alan Walton
Wed May 23, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Ontario Open
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Ontario Open

When I played in the Canadian Open back in 2010 they used Canadian grades for those who had one (FIDE for others); in Rd 1 I played somebody rated 2350, beat him quite quickly and he said I was stronger than by rating of about 2150 at the time; only after found out he was only FIDE rated at 2130; so...
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd Sharjah Masters
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: 2nd Sharjah Masters

Nick Burrows wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:38 pm
Sue Maroroa beat GM Kuzubov (2663) in round 1.
You will find that Sue's opponent didn't turn for Rd1 and thereafter the tournament
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14981

Re: County Championship Consultation

This is me just coming up with ideas to reinvigorate the championship as a whole, like Alex H has been trying to do In the MCCU, counties don't enter the Under 180 at the start of the season. If any counties want nomination to the Under 180, they are invited to do so in January. Warwickshire entere...