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by Alex McFarlane
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 395
Views: 25944

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One way of reducing the random element is to play the match as the best of 5 mini-matches, each to consist of 2 classic games as at present. If the mini-match is tied you have a playoff day to decide the overall winner of the mini-match. Player A wins the first 4 games to win 2 sets. All other game...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6767

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Jack,
Read the names of the two players.
You might need a new pgn file to enter the moves. :)
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to improve digital chess clocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1155

Re: How to improve digital chess clocks

A very valid point from Roger about retaining time which was a problem with the early DGT XLs. The touch sensitive Chronos clocks seem to have a mixed reaction with many preferring the models with buttons. I've heard of a few cracked screens from people using their phones as a clock. How do you stop...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to improve digital chess clocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1155

Re: How to improve digital chess clocks

In answer to the original question- The time control set is visible - not just the mode number chosen (possibly at press of a button) It is clear which session the clock is in Move counter visible at all times Quiet rocker arm even if hit hard Rocker arm which shows who is on the move easily from a ...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to improve digital chess clocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1155

Re: How to improve digital chess clocks

Hi Nick, The DGTs do not do what Roger suggests. They can be set by giving an initial increment of 0 which is changed for the second session. The second session will start either when the clock has been pressed x times or when the first clock reaches 0. The closest that current clocks can achieve wo...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 2345

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

And a thank you to Brian also from me.
I as beginning to think I was cracking up.
I was unaware of the ECF's change of policy.
Isn't communication a wonderful thing. I'll now ask the ECF Chief Arbiter when she finishes bringing dinner why I wasn't informed of the change :D
(I did the dessert!!)
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 2345

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Even FIDE have dropped zero time defaults. That is only partially true. In practice zero time defaults have of course disappeared, but Rules Commission did manage to slip "If the default time is not specified, then it is zero" into the version of the Laws applicable from 1.7.2017. Nick's version is...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2018-19
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Hastings 2018-19

Correct - That's what I thought I typed.
Thanks
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2018-19
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Hastings 2018-19

The time control for events other than the Maters is indeed all moves in 110mins with 10 sec increments.

Edit correcting typo.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58867

Re: Cheating in chess

A player is accused of cheating. He is asked about his phone. He leaves the tournament hall without handing over his phone. He returns and hands over a switched off phone. Was he followed out of the hall when he didn't immediately hand over his phone? It is stated that it is not known if the phone w...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 23344

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I would have thought that the adviser might be more of a D.J.

Someone well acquainted with the inner workings of FIDE and would certainly strike the right notes.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 22151

Re: Director of Women's Chess

My recollections of the Council Meeting and the application from Casual Chess. It started off with a request for £6k per year. This was changed to a one off of £6k. This figure, at some point, was halved but it was still presented as all or nothing. When it was indicated that a detailed budget would...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 6797

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Hint, run a rating report on a copy of the existing data with all players below X reset to X. Assuming those people want to know how they are getting on each round it is not as easy as it may seem. If you simply change all the people below the threshold then you could get someone who played a 2100 ...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: Probably a record?

It would have to be not FIDE rated Why can it not be FIDE rated? FIDE Regulations There must be no more than 12 hours play in one day. This is calculated based on games that last 60 moves, although games played using increments may last longer Even if you take 'a day' to mean any period of 24 hours...