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by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4572

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Nick Grey wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:46 pm
Is this going to be the lowest entry since the 70s. something wrong in lack of sponsorship and lack of conditions for titled players. torquay has been expensive for years.
It already isn't; it has more entries than Douglas 2005, for starters.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1403

Re: How do I?

In particular, the pairings produced by Swiss Manager may not be suitable for Junior events with a lot of players of limited but otherwise unknown strength. I thought it defaulted to ranking players alphabetically for the purposes of initial ranking and once the initial ranking is set, all the pair...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

Tournaments where people care more about their finishing position than their rating change tend to produce more exciting chess.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri May 31, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

What would be a problem is if they reach the second half with only one of them in contention and they suddenly decide to play a proper game and the one in contention wins. That's presumably why they're scheduled to play in rounds 1 and 8, so they have the least possible information on which to base...
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri May 31, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 4003

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Modern day Britain is such a free for all, the difference between professional chess players and uneducated immigrants is marginal, their motives are the same... This particular professional chess player has a motive of "not wanting anti-immigrant hostility stoked on the forum". Feel free to go and...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed May 29, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2435

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Fortune is in the eye of the beholder. I'm sure people organizing norm tournaments in the London area won't think his SGP registration is unfortunate.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon May 27, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2018-19
Replies: 17
Views: 1927

Re: Counties Championship 2018-19

The principal reason county teams die in the south-west seems mainly to be through lack of captains.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri May 24, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

Tim Harding wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 9:19 pm
I am not surprised there has been no response to Charlie Storey's misguided initiative.
There's been plenty of response, primarily in this thread.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri May 24, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Perhaps, we could put an amendment to the next Council meeting, restricting Council members (Directors, Members Reps included) from representing more than two constituencies (proxies included). This may put the impetus onto local leagues/associations to elected their own delegates, in turn that wou...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu May 23, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Perhaps, we could put an amendment to the next Council meeting, restricting Council members (Directors, Members Reps included) from representing more than two constituencies (proxies included). This may put the impetus onto local leagues/associations to elected their own delegates, in turn that wou...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu May 23, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1806

Re: Two handed castling

AustinElliott wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 8:12 pm
What I'm getting from Jack's comment above is that this shouldn't have happened, and the attempted castler should have been allowed to play O-O.
Stronger than that. He's required to play O-O, because he's touched both the king and the rook.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu May 23, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1806

Re: Two handed castling

If I'm an arbiter observing this, then my ruling will be:

(a) the player must castle on the side indicated
(b) the player has almost certainly wasted so much time compared with castling in a legal manner that no advantage can possibly have been gained, and there's no reason to penalize any further
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu May 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1806

Re: Two handed castling

It is, yes.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun May 19, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

My point was that the majority of club/ league stalwarts want things to stay as they have always been, even though some structures haven't changed since the 1970s and are not fit for purpose now. Part of the problem, of course, is defining your purpose. One of the issues is that these structures of...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun May 19, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

There seem to be three potential pinch points for chess organizations - lack of money, lack of labour, or lack of enterprise - and which is most important is a big variable. (The reason we don't have all that many title-norm tournaments in this country, for example, looks mostly like a lack of money...