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by Ian Thompson
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: How Many Times ?
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: How Many Times ?

As it was a junior team I'm not sure how the manager did not inform the control team. They're one of a number of "junior" teams who stretch the definition of junior somewhat. Only 3 of their 9 registered players are juniors. All 3 players who failed to turn up are over 50. The two who did play were...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 332

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:00 pm
The 4NCL anti-cheating arbiters had better monitor this forum in the future! :lol:
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by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 818

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:37 pm
Why isn't the best way to find a challenger for match play not to have more of the cycle as match play?
The answer may well be because no-one is willing to cover the costs of more match play, so it's not an option.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6150

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with pote...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership List
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: ECF Membership List

John Upham wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:50 pm
Now that ECF web site access to the ECF Membership List has been withdrawn, what is the means by which a club membership secretary (such as myself) can check to see if a club member requires nagging to join the ECF?
Look them up on the grading website, e.g.
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by Ian Thompson
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4249

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Is there any congress where a hotel could reasonably be described as a 'sponsor''? I doubt it very much. Taking the dictionary definition of sponsorship - "A person or organization that pays for or contributes to the costs involved in staging a sporting or artistic event in return for advertising."...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 12661

Re: New Year Honours List

As I recall it was always a difficult award to achieve, not significantly below IM. There was also, for a short while, a title of Candidate Master. I think the Candidate Master title existed for as long as the British Master title did. I assume it must have been abolished by 1995 otherwise I'd have...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6150

Re: Hastings

No disrespect to anyone involved - for example, I always enjoy following Gormally's games - but whatever happened to Hastings? I only went once. On that occasion, Petrosian was playing. I think the last invitation only round-robin event was in 2003-4 and you'd have to go back to 1988-89 to find the...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.

3. It was cheaper than Hastings, even including the cost of the transport. I must say that one surprises me. In general, very little in Scandinavia is cheap. I'd say hotels are no more expensive than Hastings if you choose carefully and book well in advance. There are also cheaper B&Bs. Whilst you ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7643

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

One difficulty with increments, when used in evening leagues, can be eloquently set out by reporting below the relevant rule (quoted verbatim) from one such local league - For games played using the Fischer Timing rate of play (all moves in 70 mins plus 10 secs) clocks are stopped immediately by th...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7643

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Some match captains on the night take 2 weeks to input. It may well be because the opposition captain has not got the correct player details. Most League management systems require that players are selected from a drop down club list, so an unreadable scribble on the match card should not be an iss...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4249

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:59 pm
I was told they are happy I cannot find the sponsor because it is a donation so they have no need to say who donated it.
It's hardly a closely guarded secret - the London Chess Classic named the sponsor in one of their press releases and that information was posted on this forum.
by Ian Thompson
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 66
Views: 2618

Re: How many casual players?

It would be interesting to know at what time of year this market research was carried out. The YouGov one says it was carried out between 30 March and 2 April. Their figure was for "usually play at least once a month", not "did play in the last month", to which 7% said yes - that would extrapolate ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 66
Views: 2618

Re: How many casual players?

In the latest Board (125th) minutes Malcolm outlined the key points from the paper and supporting note. Malcolm said that it was critical to reach out to the millions of casual players who do not currently engage with the ECF, Where does he get that count from? Is it on the same scale as the 600 mi...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bye regulations
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Bye regulations

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:22 am
Any Round 9 bye request scores 0, whether it is the first bye or the second bye.
Not according to the published tournament rules - a half point bye is allowed in the last round if it is the only bye requested in the tournament.