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by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

A better solution all round would be to have an Elo system that had an equivalence to the FIDE Elos, so you don't need a conversion formula at all. But you'd still have players with an ECF Elo rating and a FIDE Elo rating that were different (even in the event that the average of the two ratings ac...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1616

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Normally in the UAE prizes are NOT split - so bucholz cut1 (or2) determines first and all of the money. If you know you have a good tiebreak draws can make sense In this one the top 10 places were determined using Arco (Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1) where players were equal on points. Money wa...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2532
Views: 105750

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:40 pm
What does it mean that White cannot afford any winning try?
It means that any attempt by White to win is likely to fail and result in him losing, so White should just play for a draw.
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261618

Re: Media comments on chess

A surprising mention today on BBC World News TV's "What Happened on this Day" - Karpov plays 10 games of chess simultaneously in 1977, with a very brief clip of the event. I assume it was the Karpov v England Juniors simul, but the clip was too brief for me to try to identify any of the players. Edi...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1075

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

While I don't wish to make a big point about this, can anyone explain why in addition to the separate 50+ and 65+ British Championships, there are (rather good) prizes for competition among 50+ players who prefer to enter the 'main' Championships yet no prizes for 65+ players who do the same? I'd s...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2532
Views: 105750

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:22 am
What does it mean that White wins the house after [...]?
Thanks in advance
The same as it did last time you asked.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 3746

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Gavin Hughes wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:47 pm


White to play and lose.
1.d4??
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5210

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Do the rest of the family all have to leave when he is 18? I was under the impression that the only reason Shreyas, and other family members, were able to live in England was because his father had a visa entitling him to work in this country and bring his family with him (which I assume means wife...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19542

Re: British Championship 2018

Thanks, Jack. I don't think everyone will have seen or heard those views you mention, so good to be clear on that. Might at some point spark another debate on the value of female titles, but maybe not now. They clearly do have a value - a WIM or WGM will often get free entry to a tournament that no...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 390
Views: 49965

Re: Cheating in chess

It is made clear in the Laws of Chess that they cannot cover all possible situations. … The arbiter should find a solution to fit the given situation. ... I suppose you could put, in the Arbiters' Manual, suggestions on how to handle a death at the board. I assume this event was being played under ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5210

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

There are other reasons based on human decency perhaps Not in this case though. His father has chosen to work in this country for a total of 6 years, knowing he'd likely have to leave at the end of it with a 9 years old child. If that is disruptive to Shreyas' life, it's due to choices his father m...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19542

Re: British Championship 2018

David Robertson wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:06 pm
So the Forum Championship - hereafter known as the ForCup - is shared
What about Keith Arkell and Jack Rudd, and even Daniel Fernandez?
by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19542

Re: British Championship 2018

"Kevin undoubtedly preparing his secret weapon - talking to Roger before the game about the merits of the ECF Membership Scheme, and hoping to win on time before Roger finishes his counter-arguments. " Alex's idea is brilliant, but now you've published it, I doubt it will work. You could try starti...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19542

Re: British Championship 2018

It's nice that, despite chess24 and chessbase moving coverage of the British into the 21st century, we are retaining some old traditions, such as not being entirely sure which game we are watching ... or who the players really are. Yesterday Chessbase had a game Van Zyl-Rudd v De Coverly. I wonder ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19813

Re: Director of Women's Chess

ECF Manager of Female Social Media The most surprising part of the announcement to me is this - "Most recently [Helen Frostick] was a member of the very successful medal winning women’s team at the World Senior Championships in Radebeul, Germany." I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere else before....