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by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1321

Re: One Hundred years celebration

It's not the 4NCL where anyone with contacts, ambition and perhaps money can build a successful squad. I don't see a difference. The successful county teams I've played for in the past have been because the team captain has had contacts and ambition. They've managed to get nearly all the best eligi...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

I did find Whiteley's Times obituary which apparently says "Sensationally, Whiteley crushed Boris Gulko, his Soviet opponent" but you will have to have a subscription (which i do not) to read it, and I doubt it has the game score. The relevant part of the Times obituary says: "The high point of Whi...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2225

Re: Tony Buzan

Times obituary . The author is probably (from its tone, not to mention its length) not his old business partner. One of the comments, from "Concerned of Tunbridge Wells" says: "Around 30 years ago I attended one of his 2 day seminars in the ballroom of a Central London hotel. ... Tony relieved the ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"Having been through this before they immediately issued all the chess players with ear plugs:" Last year they were aware there were sound checks for a concert later on, so they issued the earplugs before the start of the round. I thought the organization was very good. I find it surprising that it...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3169

Re: April Council meeting 2019

In the wake of the Kovalyov affair, they just didn't want players looking like derelicts. In that case the code was a failure. At the very least they should have required trousers/skirts to match the jackets. Incidentally, Azmaiparashvili turned up one day at a tournament I played in in February an...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 5
Views: 666

You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

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by Ian Thompson
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2703

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Re Keith's, David's and Simon's posts, what's wrong with clicking on 'ECF Grand Prix' on the ECF website home page? 1. You can't see it when you go to the ECF home page - you have to scroll down and then spot it amongst a large number of other links. 2. There are links at the top of the page that y...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1950

Re: Old Chestnut

Not necessarily one that qualifies for that county The proposed rule is that you can "bus in" or even fly in a female player from anywhere, no eligibility questions asked. ... or several of them if you wish. So the moderately strong female player who meets the normal eligibility criteria doesn't ge...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

I have a match on Wednesday but have an injury affecting my right sided activity. I have no concerns about switching to play left handed but doubt I could keep a game score. The rate of play is 35 in 75 and then 15 minutes to finish. What compensation should I offer to my opponent if I cannot keep ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1927

Re: US Championship 2019

Tim Harding wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:35 pm
it's a mystery to me how Gareyev gets into the US Championship. What are the qualification routes?
He won the US Open last year.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 5 Minutes on the Clock
Replies: 20
Views: 921

Re: 5 Minutes on the Clock

1. When the venue phone was ringing I mentioned someone should switch it off, my opponent looked at me and he said: What can you do... Stop the clocks until the disturbance stops. The arbiter would then have to decide if this was a reasonable thing to do or not. 2. When I had less than 5 minutes le...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

More detailed consultation results by age band and membership category now on the ECF website. It's a bit late now, I know, but it would be interesting to see a breakdown by activity as well. Is there a correlation between number of games played per year and preference for monthly grading? I'd gues...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Cornwall County Championship 3-5 May 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Cornwall County Championship 3-5 May 2019

Formerly a closed event, this congress is now open to all comers . There are three sections: u190, u150 and u110 (includes ungraded novices). So the best two Cornish players (that I'm aware of) aren't eligible to win the county championship because they're too good, and the third best one will beco...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 102
Views: 5697

Re: Arbitration question

2. Immediately on the return of said player to his board, I would stop the clock if the opponent's clock is running; if the clock of the player who left is running, I would leave it running. I'll leave qualified arbiters to comment on the rest of your comments, but I think this action would definit...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I don't think anyone would be advocating submission every week. It's a natural consequence of monthly grading that you aren't expected to wait a month for the result. Thus a grading list published for April should be available on the 1st April and should have all results up to and including the pre...