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by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Average grade leagues certainly help the specific small club I play for, Barnstaple, inasmuch as we can just squeeze into the Devon League's second division with a "one IM and three 130s" team.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 82
Views: 6264

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I've only seen one incident in British chess so far where any sort of ruling was needed on the subject of trans players - the 4NCL ruled that a trans woman counts as a woman for the purposes of their one-player-of-each-sex rule. I'd be happy to see the ECF taking that ruling as a precedent.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

The Devon League uses average grades, and it works fine. The main thing you have to be careful with, as a league, is getting the eligibility rules right. My usual rule would be "grades for team eligibility purposes are the ones players had at the entry deadline; grades for team board order purposes ...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Measuring it is pretty easy: you can use the ECF grading system to figure out expected scores for each side. Working out what to do as a league is trickier. (I'm assuming here that the league is one whose function is only to set the rules, and it does not get involved in picking teams and assigning ...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 82
Views: 6264

Re: Director of Women's Chess

My conversations with Amanda Ross suggest that one of the candidates was a woman put forward for the role by Amanda (but not Amanda herself).
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4700

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

I've now edited John's post to fix the quote tags.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Game Fee

The Devon League has both standardplay and rapidplay competitions.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4700

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Angus French wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:16 pm
Are there *any* evening leagues in England which are FIDE-rated?
I think Coulsdon run some internal competitions structured as team events, and those are FIDE-rated. That's all I know of.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13020

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Most of what I know about the Benoni I learned from John Nunn's book. It's a bit out of date now, but most of the strategic advice still holds.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13020

Re: Where did I go wrong?

13...Bh6 looks horrible. What on earth is the point? I guess I wanted to prevent f4-f5, by exchanging the dark-squared Bishops in case of f5. You really need to learn something about Benoni structures if you're going to play them. White's thematic advance is usually e5, not f5, and the g7 bishop is...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13020

Re: Where did I go wrong?

13...Bh6 looks horrible. What on earth is the point?
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4700

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

We'd happily run a British Championship in London. Find us a suitable venue for a suitable price, and we'll talk.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4700

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

The GMs probably wouldn't play in the British if there were no fees, no. GMs as a class tend to be rather risk-averse, and while they may be happy to gamble on the occasional weekender with only two nights' accommodation to find, a long event with eight nights' accommodation is another matter entire...
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2346
Views: 100244

Re: The English Language

Procedure and method are essentially equivalent in that sentence.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Probably a record?

Coulsdon sometimes run events where there's one morning tournament, one afternoon tournament and one evening tournament. Play in an event set up like that and you could potentially play three IMs on the same day.