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by Ian Thompson
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 12
Views: 476

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Is there a reason why the pairings do not look quite normal? Agreed; the colours for the higher rated player seem wrong on boards 15 and 18: David Sedgwick one of the beneficiaries! I think those two pairings are correct, just not being played on the boards you'd expect. The anomalous pairings are ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3080
Views: 336974

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:25 pm
A very attractive photo in Thursday's Daily Telegraph on page 14.
It shows two girls playing in the ECF Junior Female Championships in Blenheim Palace.
Posted on Twitter - https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace/stat ... 90/photo/1
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2281

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

In Round 4 it looks like we have an Iranian player failing to turn up to play an Israeli (Zlatin-Gholami, board 22). Gholami is now shown as "not paired" for the rest of the event. Sadly Holden might get the bye as he went down to FM Sargsyan in 15 moves. We're now back to an even number of players...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2281

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

In Round 4 it looks like we have an Iranian player failing to turn up to play an Israeli (Zlatin-Gholami, board 22).
by Ian Thompson
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2281

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:12 pm
No respite for Holden Davis on board 46, as he gets a 2161 Canadian.
The additional incentive to avoid losing that one is that, if he does lose, he'll be the lowest rated player on 0 points and in line for the bye in Round 4.
by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11863

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Thomas Rendle wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:46 pm
It's now a draw by the looks of things, but probably not an easy draw...
After move 61 - remove the b-pawns and the tablebase says it's winning; remove the g- and h-pawns and the tablebase says it's winning. So the actual position must be winning.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11863

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

He shouldn't have done. Players are supposed to leave the playing area as soon as they have finished, as at Olympiads. Incidentally, there are two playing halls, with Boards 1-34 in one and Boards 35 -77 in the other. I hope it's not like one tournament I played in a long time ago where there were ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11863

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:51 am
Nigel not playing, possibly not invited.
I think you'll find he was on the reserve list (to be found somewhere on the FIDE website, that I haven't been able to find, according to the tournament regulations), so it was his choice not to play.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4892

Re: Council Papers are out

2. What exactly is the remit of the Development Officer? My understanding, from the Challenges for English Chess paper (see p3 under 'Grow the Membership Base') was that it included increasing membership *above* the 500 new members a year the Board was already planning for. However, the announcemen...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2671

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

One of the value of prizes is that it validates your achievement. Talking to non-chesspayling friends. 'I won first prize in a chess tournament on Sunday.' No reaction. 'I won £100.' Now they are impressed. . But probably wouldn't be so impressed by my answer to that question - "I came equal third ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 389

World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

I received an e-mail today with a link to this event - http://wstcc2020.net/ . It's being played at the same two venues as now is, and previously was, used for the Prague Open in January, and being organised by the same people who run that tournament. The venues are 4 or 5 stops from the centre of P...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2671

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Adam Raoof wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:26 pm
Which event was this?
Basildon Rapidplay - https://britchess.wufoo.com/cabinet/ead ... 263d214106
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2671

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

It also complicates the chart however you display it. If you are in contention for prize money before the last round, you not only have to work out who your rivals appear to be, but whether they are playing for money or not. And what about pairings? You have three people equal first, two playing fo...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2671

Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I came across a 1 day rapidplay entry form today with a single Open section that offered 2 levels of entry fee: 1. £19 - eligible to win prize money 2. £6 - ineligible for prize money 1st prize is £130; amount of 2nd and 3rd prizes dependent on entries; additional prizes dependent on entries. Assumi...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2949

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

So that player would drop his field by at least 35 points, and is therefore 280+ points below the average of his opponents so far. Not quite, according to the website. That says he's played 7 opponents with an average rating of 2239.6 (score 5/7; TPR 2398). If he'd played in Round 9 his opponent wo...