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by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Keith Richardson Memorial Tournament : July 7th 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Keith Richardson Memorial Tournament : July 7th 2018

I assume it's not graded and there are no ECF membership requirements?
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee
Replies: 21
Views: 1332

Re: Game Fee

I hadn't until very recently appreciated, and others may not have done, that - although ECF non-members can play 3 standard club/league/county games (or 7 rapidplay club/league/county games) free of charge - standard and rapidplay games are aggregated in deciding whether a charge is payable. So, fo...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2345
Views: 99895

Re: The English Language

Soheil Hooshdaran wrote: What's the difference between aspiration and hope ? No difference. I would say there *is*, but its not that easy to define to an "outsider". For practical purposes, they mean much the same thing. I'd say that one difference is that aspiration implies a long term goal, while...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2345
Views: 99895

Re: The English Language

Soheil Hooshdaran wrote: What does it mean that " White might as well take the pawn " It means White might as well take the pawn ( As there is nothing better to me done ) This is most easily explained by example. Say Black offers a pawn sacrifice for an attack. Black is going to get an attack wheth...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 31, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2345
Views: 99895

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 2:30 pm
What is the difference between trading Queens and exchanging Queens?
The former is a term likely to be found in an American chess book. The latter is a term likely to be found in an English chess book. They mean the same thing.
by Ian Thompson
Tue May 22, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Ontario Open
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Ontario Open

Love the performance rating of 3159! The way the FIDE rating tables work, a 100% score is worth 800 points more than the average rating of the opposition of 2359 presumably. With K=10, his rating gain won't be nearly as impressive, probably not more than 25 points. Not to be sneezed at though, as i...
by Ian Thompson
Mon May 21, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2346

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Jon Underwood wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Poor old WECU bringing up the rear again...
Hardly surprising when only three WECU teams entered events.

I'm sure every WECU county has the players to put out a competitive team in most of the grading limited sections if they wanted to.
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 10, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1258

Re: Longueurs at tournaments

Paul Buswell wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 12:47 pm
How do people cope between rounds at weekend congresses? Quite often I will have a couple of hours between games, if not longer.
If it's a gap between a morning and an afternoon round, or an afternoon and an evening round, I'd probably spend some of it going to a restaurant to have a meal.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18168

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Reg Clucas wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:27 pm
I would like to know whether this represents the true additional cost of grading congresses.
No. Rates for different classes of membership are not set based on cost; they are set based on perceived willingness to pay (i.e. value based pricing).
by Ian Thompson
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2344
Views: 254310

Re: Media comments on chess

A story about Shreyas Royal and his family in the papers today. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/visa-battle-to-keep-future-world-chess-champion-shreyas-royal-in-britain-97q2gwz86 (might need registration) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5641385/Child-chess-prodigy-fighting-stay-Britain-d...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18168

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

with the one pound, the ECF should instead offer a £5 discount if you pay over 3 years as it would be best for business!! Evidently, some people at the ECF disagree with you because 3 year memberships are no longer available. It would be interesting to know what the saving in collection costs to th...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)

Can those out there with access to British Championship records track down the year of this British Championship and some more details? Britbase gives a "T.Watts" in 1955 which seems a plausible typo. Possibly, but the 1961 grading list on BritBase has both JH Watts (Sphinx Coventry) and AT Watts (...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 1110

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

For anyone tempted to emulate this, I must say that the current Laws do not allow you to leave the playing venue during the game. I think any arbiter who can actually play chess would sympathise though. Perhaps by exercising their discretion to allow you to leave the playing venue during the game. ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14017

Re: County Championship Consultation

Michael Farthing wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Looking at a grading list of eligible players tells you nothing.
It tells you how strong a team has the potential to be. A good captain, trying to run a successful team, would make use of this.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 14017

Re: County Championship Consultation

In WECU, EACU and the MCCU, the strongest team they can put out is eligible to play in the Minor. I'd be amazed if this claim was true for more than a very small number counties. You only need to look in the grading database for players who are listed as playing for their county chess associations ...