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by Alex McFarlane
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4272

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I have seen players writing 0-1(or 1-0) to indicate that the opponent should resign!

Perhaps not notes as such but certainly a distraction to the opponent if he sees it and to the surrounding players when the opponent reacts to it!!!
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

Patrick's mobile went off, not very loudly but clearly audible to those in the immediate vicinity I heard the original 'ping' but was unable to locate it. That is why I was there so quickly when in went 'ballistic'. I was a considerable distance away initially. There then followed the usual dilemma...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

I just logged on to correct my mistake. Richard is correct it is WIM norm not WGM norm.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

Norm Possibilities The following players, subject to confirmation, could achieve norms if they win today’s game. Grandmaster Norm Mate Bagi Richard Bates Woman International Master Norm Svetlana Sucikova Unfortunately quite a number of players failed to get the required result in round 8!!!! Edited ...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 55
Views: 4471

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Triangular matches at Hastings - now there's an idea.

Just about to put the new fixtures up now.

Minimum disruption attempted (including future rounds).
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 55
Views: 4471

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Shropshire 2 will be unable to field a team in rds3 and 4.

An altered set of fixtures will appear this evening or tomorrow morning. (I'm a bit busy at Hastings.)

Alex
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

All Swisses can produce a bounce where players alternate between high and low rated players.

In some events this can be more like a bungee jump than a yo-yo though.
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

A few general comments on acceleration not specific to Hastings. Positives Strong players meet early on which pleases spectators and sponsors (assuming not every game ends in a quick draw). In a very large tournament, such as are common abroad, players can score 6.5 and fail to get an IM norm or 7 a...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2768

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

K + B cannot win v K+ R (or Q)
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

Players have been facebook-ed, emailed, told, etc.

If you know one please let him/her know to make double sure.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

Again apologies.

A slight technical hitch with the computer caused a major problem.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

APOLOGIES two draws made and the wrong one published first.

Please let others know that the correct draw is now on Chess-Results
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairing a Team Event
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Pairing a Team Event

You can download a version of Swiss Manager which will allow you test it. It does three rounds before crashing. I would certainly recommend a very good familiarisation with the package before using it at an event. It is certainly not instinctive eg if you wanted to pair two players whose opponents d...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

There is a rather Kardasianesque potential pairing between a female player from Oz and a 1694 rated player.

I'll leave it to those interested to work out!!
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11461

Re: Hastings Congress

That link is being worked on.

Meantime https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-hastings-masters