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by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 5
Views: 526

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: 84
Views: 4211

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: 542

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: 293

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: 14009

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: 14009

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: 14009

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: 14009

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: 14009

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 ...
by Alan Walton
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14009

Re: County Championship Consultation

just wonder if you combine the Open and Minor Counties event and that the 16 team play under a Seeding System and the winners of the last 16 go into the Open and the losers go into the Minor Counties event, so that You still run into the problem as mentioned by a Devon captain that his players are ...
by Alan Walton
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 6006

Re: Tournament Structures

When the Manchester Summer Congress experimented a few years ago with a single section with accelerated pairings; in round one I paired against a well known northern player (won't name him) who has consistently always seem to enter majors (graded between 140-160 and plays 100+ games a year), he actu...
by Alan Walton
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3343

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

The point is the likelihood the GMan team wouldn't be eligible for the minor counties since the average grade will have likely been over 180 (I was volunteering as captain, and had good confirmations from alot of the 200+ players that they would consider playing; at one stage I was playing on board ...
by Alan Walton
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3343

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Another route open to Surrey would be to ask one of the three non Open competing Unions (Midlands, East and West) to nominate them for the Open competition. They might have to affiliate and go through a few constitutional hoops but there is no ultimate barrier. Again it is unlikely but perfectly le...
by Alan Walton
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 3761

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

I can wholly understand the refusal of the opposition not wanting to play on these makeshift boards, I would definitely be against them I would expect the rules to state reasonable equipment has to be provided (and makeshift boards don't seem to be covered under reasonable), as Roger stated a delay ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 5065

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Astronauts in zero gravity can move their arms. This is getting silly; energy is used to move any part of your body to counteract the effects of gravity, lowering/increased the gravity effect will increase or decrease the energy used Your original point was you have to take the law of gravity into ...