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by NickFaulks
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1149

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Get rid of this ridiculous ageism. While we're at it, get rid of ridiculous sloganising. There should certainly be at least one 65+ prize and attempts by organisers to encourage as many of the best qualified 65+ players to play in the main championships. I might consider playing in the 65+ champion...
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19858

Re: Director of Women's Chess

David Shepherd wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:40 pm
I noticed above there was some discussion about role models - let me ask a couple of questions:

1) who is currently our highest ranked player in terms of world ranking?
2) Who are currently our top 5 ranked players?
Are we talking about female players? Only active ones?
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 106
Views: 8575

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Mike Gunn wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:49 am
Actually tickets were available for rounds 1 and 2 but they cost £600.
But you would probably have been sitting between Roger Federer and Madonna.
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19858

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Is there an age bias in that though? If the figure was something like 1 in 50 for older players, but 1 in 5 for juniors, might that help to explain it, because you'd expect the younger players (male or female) not to be at the top. I wondered that, and got as far as reaching your one in five estima...
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19858

Re: Director of Women's Chess

John McKenna > Why is it that since the Polgar experiment no female player has got anywhere near the top of the FIDE rating list? As said before, it is the simple weight of numbers. Roughly speaking, one active player of FIDE rated games in ten is female. The top female is #88 on the top player lis...
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1618

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Nick Burrows wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:54 pm
Maybe he was simply off colour or didnt sleep well - who knows?
I did suggest earlier that he didn't relish an important game early in the morning, and that still seems plausible. It is unforgivable to wreck the last round in this way.
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1618

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

In this one the top 10 places were determined using Arco (Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1) where players were equal on points. Money was then divided using the Hort system, except for 1st prize. Thanks, that is very helpful. I had checked the website, but did not find this information. It doesn't...
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1618

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Doesn’t your edit rather contradict your initial post? No it doesn't, unless Sargissian is so poor that he values roughly $4k more highly than an even chance ( or higher, since he has White ) of $10k plus. This is certainly an issue in the big North American Opens where GMs live from hand to mouth,...
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1618

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

1 GM Sargissian (6½) 2680 - GM Korobov, A. (7) 2664 2 GM Dubov, Daniil (6½) 2691 - GM Cheparinov (6½) 2718 3 GM Aravindh, C.. (6) 2581 - GM Salem, A.R. Saleh (6½) 2636 4 GM Debashis, Das (6) 2539 - GM Abdusattorov (6) 2539 Disappointing and seemingly irrational decision by Sargissian to make a quic...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11436

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The Kremlin could have replaced him with Karpov, but for unknown reasons decided not to. That is your speculation, which I believe to be totally unfounded. However, Karpov made it quite evident in Khanty-Mantiysk that he had no interest in doing the job and would have handed it straight over to Kas...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5216

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

I understand he's at an English (boarding) school which buys a few years grace and presumably could apply to attend a UK university. But what after that? If we're really reduced to worrying about obscure hypothetical problems five or six years down the road, that is surely a good sign. Provided Bor...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11436

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Yes it was, but as I said, that is not control in the way that either Malcolm or the piece were talking about. Football and chess are very different cases. The Russians got what they wanted with the 2018 World Cup, which they can justifiably regard as a huge success, and will probably now leave FIF...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11436

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Cleans Hands 4 FIDE Papua New Guinea suffered under the Kirsan/Makro/Borg regime because we openly gave our support to Kasparov presidential ticket. I was surprised to read this because I do not remember any such declaration. I am now confident that the reason for this is that it never happened, al...
by NickFaulks
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 972

Re: Youngest ever English GM

Whereas Abdusattorov was rated 2057 One number does not tell the full story. That was the point at which he played his first two GM opponents and beat them both. All of the other names mentioned were thrown in at the deep end around Shreyas' age. There is every reason to be optimistic that he will ...
by NickFaulks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11436

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:04 am
or you can visit his Cleans Hands 4 FIDE site.
Thanks, done that. I did not realise it was Stuart's signature which appeared under Magoffin's name.