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by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Netanya Masters
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Netanya Masters

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:03 am
starring Luke McShane.
As the 5th seed (according to the organiser's list), or the 4th seed (according to chess-results.com), I'm not sure I'd agree with that.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5508

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I presume that FIDE has the date of birth wrong I have seen that error mentioned before, possible here. If Danny were to play in a FIDE Senior event, then the ECF would of course be expected to correct it, otherwise they probably see no need. If it's wrong, it's also wrong in the ECF grading databa...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3683

Re: Old Chestnut

I have never had a dispute with a female player. I believe the ratio of chess disputes is disproportionally caused by males. But how many female players have you played? What proportion is that of all your games? Both tiny, I would guess. And how many of your games have disputes? Very few I would h...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3683

Re: Old Chestnut

.. And Basingstoke is still a 5 hour round trip from Ipswich.. a long day. This brought a wry smile. Kettering is 250 miles and 5.5 hours from Plymouth on a summer Saturday. One way. As would be the trip from Bolton to Brighton... I had a idea that the semi and finals should be played like the 4ncl...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1135

Re: Governance issues

At that point, the Board presumably had two options - either to do what it actually did or to do what Tim considers it should have done. Did it have two options? I don't know the answer but it may be that the regulations say that nominations for posts open on a particular date, close on a particula...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Sid Kirby

24C was his lowest grade - showing on the ECF's o/l grading d/b as July 2008 - but it's based on the highest number of games he played in a season. His other entries there show the less graded games he played the higher his grade got. As he lived in Yorkshire both of these figures may be based on c...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3685

Re: Falkland Islands

I'm not very confident of FIDE ruling in the ECFs favour, even if we do now have friends in vice-high places. I can't find any record of the most recent tournaments having been registered for FIDE rating. If I'm right, FIDE could refuse to rate them for not following the regulations requiring them ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 1263

Re: Definition of IMC

Just to clarify that, the ICCF would say "IM" - https://www.iccf.com/Titles.aspx (I hope you don't need to log in to see that) I assume chessgames.com have used IMC to distinguish the titles, as they have games played in both modes. I thought the more usual abbreviation was CCIM to distinguish a co...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 25, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2263

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 3:10 pm
Charlie Story: ... It is amazing I have won more opens than any other player in the UK save GM’s Arkell and Hebden ...
As his very wide definition of open includes OTB and online blitz tournaments I think you would also have to regardless this claim as questionable, and certainly not verifiable.
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 25, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2263

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

b) In chess the Welsh and Scots have their own teams and organisations. As do the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. It's not clear where this organisation intends to operate. Whilst it calls itself "Team GB" it's also seeking local organisers in all of the...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 25, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2263

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

He was on a for a GM hat-trick and, playing W, started off with the London, but switched to the Hebden Barry Attack with 5.Nc3 ( instead of 5.c3...) against a Grunfeld set up by the GM. Unfortunately, for our man (one of three in fact) in Mallorca, B didn't refrain (making it too dangerous for W to...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 23, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10811

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Perhaps, we could put an amendment to the next Council meeting, restricting Council members (Directors, Members Reps included) from representing more than two constituencies (proxies included). This may put the impetus onto local leagues/associations to elected their own delegates, in turn that wou...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1873

Re: Two handed castling

I was recently sat next to a game where a player picked up King and Rook (simultaneously) two-handed intending to castle, upon which his opponent correctly said this was an illegal move... That sounds to me like the opponent objected prematurely. If the player had the king in one hand and the rook ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 69
Views: 9247

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 12:15 pm
I have to admit I thought Informator had bought it and was considering getting a copy to see if I liked it.
They definitely had some involvement 3 years ago. The person who approached me was Josip Asik and he had links to both the Chess Informant and BCM websites in his e-mail signature.
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 22, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 69
Views: 9247

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Have a guess at the total budget we were allowed for monthly magazine production... :shock: From this minuscule budget we had to pay (or not !) contributors, source photographs, typesetting, etc etc. I probably saved them 50p three years ago by declining to annotate a game of mine from a recent tou...