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by Alan Walton
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3866

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: 54
Views: 3866

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: 54
Views: 3866

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: 2193

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: 2193

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: 2814

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: 928

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: 5732

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: 608

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: 342

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: 14522

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...
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14522

Re: County Championship Consultation

So I think the impact isn't as bad as people make it out to be Easy for you to say when you are not one of those who will find themselves banished from county chess at the national level. Also this will only be for the ECF stages; there is no barrier for the unions to continue there own U180 sectio...
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14522

Re: County Championship Consultation

Still only need 3 weekends for this competition so again no different to the current ECF stages In terms of competing for available weekends with summer Congresses, then no different. Are you not proposing though that weekends 2 and 3 will have matches on both the Saturday and Sunday? For teams wit...
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14522

Re: County Championship Consultation

Personally I would scrap the minor counties and U180, and have one Championship section with a couple of Plate competitions which replace the Minor and U180 So at a stroke you are taking the 160-180 group of players in the big counties out of county chess. Why? I did read the grudging concession ab...
by Alan Walton
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14522

Re: County Championship Consultation

On the weekend proposal of open then minor counties I cannot see how that would work as the teams are likely to be different. Personally I would scrap the minor counties and U180, and have one Championship section with a couple of Plate competitions which replace the Minor and U180 For example you ...