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by NickFaulks
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 196
Views: 13352

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

The ECF, or perhaps just its directors, were talked into believing that the grading system needed recalibration. As a consequence, the median and mode grades moved from the 110 to 120 zone up to the 130-140 zone. I was not in England and missed all this excitement. Is there documentation of how the...
by NickFaulks
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 196
Views: 13352

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:33 pm
On this occasion, Chris makes a very valid point.
Really? Is it actually true that 110 in 2008 is equivalent to 135 in 2019?
by NickFaulks
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 196
Views: 13352

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

2. How many 5 round FIDE rated events would my club mate have to play with TPRs of 2000 to get his FIDE rating up from 1450 to 1900? It doesn't work quite like that, but if his earlier rating was not based on too many games, then three should get him to 1800, two more after that. In England, where ...
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

How about this for a tournament?
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Meanwhile Gawain bashes on with all 16 pawns still on the board.
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

No, not really. It's the history rather than the controversy I'm thinking of: the day a complete outsider would have qualified for the Candidates, but missed out because of somebody else's bizarre and unnecessary aberration. No more bizarre and unnecessary than the shambles at the end of the London...
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

David Robertson wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Pfft! Pretty undignified from Howell. I'll be interested to hear his post-match explanation
You had a better winning attempt in mind?
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:16 am
What might be an idea is having more than one such event.
True, but they do not come cheaply - I was surprised and impressed that this one happened. Elsewhere, money has not been easy to find this year.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Looks like Matlakov will lose. Does it? My thinking was that he was in a highly complex position, an hour down on the clock and playing Carlsen. However, Magnus does seem to have been extraordinarily careless. While I try not to be too influenced by computer evaluations, when it keeps saying +10 th...
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Looks like Matlakov will lose.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Is there a reason why the pairings do not look quite normal?
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm
I thought there was a need to be over 50% or did I just make that up?
There is a minimum requirement, but it is 35%.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2319

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

The statements on the Iranian Chess Federation website imply heavily that Gholani withdrew from the tournament in protest of being paired against the Israeli, rather than merely defaulting the game in protest. So what was the doctor's note about? The equivalent statement about Tabatabaei only comme...
by NickFaulks
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2319

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

Tabatabaei is a key member of Iran's successful Olympiad team. You probably shouldn't bet on Iran even being in the Olympiad unless they promise to play any team they are drawn against, which of course they will not do. It is widely assumed that the Iranian government cares about being excluded fro...
by NickFaulks
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11938

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:41 pm
It remains courageous to insist this of the world's top players.
It sounds as though the players ( Karjakin, at least ) accepted that the state of affairs was unsatisfactory. No doubt more details will emerge in due course.