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by Alex McFarlane
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

I've sent a p.m.

Good luck, hopefully you will not suffer the same disappointments.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Plus, covid-secure venues like schools, council buildings etc are a bit different in terms of what they can host - it wasn’t (as I understand it) the national restrictions that scuppered the Northumberland event but the specific restrictions in the north-east. The current restrictions in the NE of ...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Heidelberg 2nd autumn 2020 tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Heidelberg 2nd autumn 2020 tournament

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:23 pm
only two people are allowed on the toilet and a one-way system."
I'm not sure about sharing but I'm extremely grateful that it is a one way system!! (Especially if you are sharing!!!)
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 98
Views: 6055

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

The Council has decided that the new restrictions are a step too far and with great regret the cancellation of the Northumberland Congress has to be announced. We apologise to all those who had hoped to play and only the recent worsening situation prevented it happening. Thanks to everyone for the s...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 98
Views: 6055

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Just to state the current situation. The organisers are monitoring the situation and are awaiting guidance from the Council. The Council has been very supportive but are in no way compelling the organisers to do anything that they do not want to do. Chris has not been directly involved in the organi...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1118
Views: 54383

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Well, Northumberland Chess Congress must have submitted their procedures to the local authority in order to rent their venue. Obviously they took notice because the event has been allowed to proceed. I can confirm that this process has been in place and continues to be ongoing. The ECF advice does ...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1118
Views: 54383

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Well, Northumberland Chess Congress must have submitted their procedures to the local authority in order to rent their venue. Obviously they took notice because the event has been allowed to proceed. I can confirm that this process has been in place and continues to be ongoing. The ECF advice does ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 209
Views: 5085

Re: Pedants United

Not wanting to corrupt another thread. What is an elo/Elo/ELO rating? I know of nowhere that actually uses Elo's formula exactly. We have FIDE ratings and national ratings but nothing advertised as elo ratings. This misnomer is even worse when people talk about someone's Australian elo rating. On sh...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3823
Views: 416970

Re: Media comments on chess

The Appeals Committee was tied so Arkady made the final decision.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 36
Views: 2219

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

It probably helped that we had so few FIDE rated players at the time.

When there was a later push to increase the numbers with FIDE ratings there were some confused players but it didn't last.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 36
Views: 2219

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

As anyone familiar with US chess can tell you, this confusion will be permanent. And as those familiar with Scottish grades will tell you "No it won't." The problem there will be the lack of any relationship at the bottom end between the numbers used in both countries. (To the benefit of Scots play...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 209
Views: 5085

Re: Pedants United

I should of realised that predictive text can give very unique outcomes.

Getting two of my pet hates in one sentence.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Should the Arbiter Do?
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: What Should the Arbiter Do?

It has been known for the ECF Chief Arbiter to get in touch with arbiters concerning situations given in this forum. (But not often.) In this case it is not a British arbiter.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Remedy to junior variability
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: Remedy to junior variability

I've known juniors to lose as a result of getting too nervous due to the expectation that they will win. (That's not restricted to juniors.) On the other hand, over confidence can cause unexpected losses as their concentration is not what is needed. Although they might be good enough to recover from...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Should the Arbiter Do?
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: What Should the Arbiter Do?

If this is not hypothetical then I am reluctant to get involved without hearing more and from all sides. Hypothetically, the player could have restarted the opponent's clock meaning to pause it to summon the arbiter. For that to be acceptable the player would need to be used to doing it in that way....