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by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

So, maybe 3Cs should play both Shrops 1 and Brad A at weekend 4 Which I did in my permutation; I think it is best for all the top teams to play each other if possible so no team can be construde to have an advantage, which my scenario does; the only pairing which cannot happen is 3Cs v Cheddleton i...
by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

Given a promotion slot is currently 12/12, there are only 2 teams on 10 within 2 points (and 2 on 8 and 2 on 7 anywhere close), so Alan's suggestion has merit I think it is pretty much set in stone that the teams currently on 6 match points have pretty much no chance of promotion These team can the...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

Looking it at this in more detail you can get the following pairings for Round 7-10 (rounds are interchangeable) Rd 7 : WS 2 v Gonzaga; 3Cs 2 v Brad A; Shrop 1 v Ched 2; SoA B v Jorvik Rd 8 : Gonzaga v Jorvik; 3Cs 2 v Shrop 1; Brad A v SoA B; WS 2 v Ched 2 Rd 9 : Gonzaga v Brad A; 3Cs 2 v WS 2; Shro...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

I understood that we were now, thankfully, starting with Swiss pairings for the rest of the tournament. Consequently Gonzaga should play 3C's 2 next round and Shropshire 1 & Bradford A should play Atticus & Cheddleton. The idea of the pairing system was to keep the top teams apart for the first few...
by Alan Walton
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2285

Re: Northumbria Masters

On paper it looks reasonable because of the accleration being employed I personally don't understand this fixation in English/British events of using acceleration all the time; this tournament seemed strong enough not to have it (less than a quarter of the field are below the 2050 threshold for IM n...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

I sympathise with team logistics; but why should a team enter a competition which main aim is to gain promotion; if they have no intention of taking promotion then all they are doing is taking my the place of more willing participants; therefore it seems to me necessary for this intention to be give...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 70
Views: 7764

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

That will be interesting, yes :) What are the rules on refusing promotion like? Its a definitely a running possibility for the odd team. I reckon losing a match or 2 would be the efficient way :lol: I'd expect Gonzaga, 3Cs 2 and Shropshire 1 to accept promotion if they finish in the top 2 If, say, ...
by Alan Walton
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Games worth a look - weekend 2
Replies: 14
Views: 1770

Re: Games worth a look - weekend 2

well, was white ever about to win that easily, really? Doesn't strike me as that outlandish a save. Ghasi v Gordon was one for the ages, though. I can see why, by move 70, White may have lost the confidence to play 71 gxf6, given as trivially winning by SF which sees no reason to elaborate, but the...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 136
Views: 6004

Re: County Championship Consultation

Probably the only way you might get more chess players at secondary level would be to close down the internet. The Internet exists in France and Germany, but the equivalent problem appears not to. So I think there's more to it than that. Yes there is more to it than that; but it is nothing to do wi...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 136
Views: 6004

Re: County Championship Consultation

Consider Surrey (where I currently live, although I am a proud Yorkshireman). Surrey could field Susan Lalic, Akshaya Kalaiyalahan and Koby Kalavannan (I believe) and they would be well above boards 13-15. Surrey (CCF if that counts) have an 8 year old player with a grade of 146. There's another wi...
by Alan Walton
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 136
Views: 6004

Re: County Championship Consultation

Is there proof out there that county captains are not picking juniors or female players because of their age and/or gender; over the many years I have been playing county chess for Greater Manchester and Yorkshire (mainly in the Open and U180 sections) I have seen plenty of juniors and female player...
by Alan Walton
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 136
Views: 6004

Re: County Championship Consultation

Regarding the team composition element, what happens if a county doesn’t have a suitable player for that position; are they supposed to just default; they won’t have the option to get anybody in like the 4NCL due to the competition restriction The 4NCL has been going for nearly 30 years, can you rea...
by Alan Walton
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14780

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Sorry, but it was quite clear that the Norwegians didn't let the Sierra Leone players in because they didn't give a toss about them and judged correctly that nobody else would either. Furthermore, they never had enough accommodation for the teams that did go, so any dropouts, for any reason, were a...
by Alan Walton
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14780

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Beyond money, there is no desire for them to go to Saudi Perhaps it is to compete in the FIDE sanctioned World Rapid and Blitz Champs, these players (six I believe) and met the qualification criteria and applied in good time for a visa expecting to be able to participate, they didn't receive one; y...
by Alan Walton
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14780

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Anway, back to the event which is happening but shouldn't be in its current location I'm not picking on you in particular, Mick, but ... In 2014 the Norwegian authorities refused to issue visas to the Sierra Leonean team for the Olympiad in Tromso. The ostensible reason was the ebola outbreak, but ...