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by Mick Norris
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

Interesting Wikipedia page. It often strikes me that the rules for Swiss pairings - or at least the ones in use in ECF-graded events - are significantly complex and I wonder if there couldn't be simpler, more elegant, designs which are easier to understand and code/operate? Has anyone written a the...
by Mick Norris
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:20 am
Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:28 am
... 12 wins 3 draws ...
3 wins 12 draws, surely?
Oops
Posting while tired not advisable!
by Mick Norris
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Xiong, Jeffery - Howell, David W L ½-½ 35 C42 Petroff's Defence Jones, Gawain C B - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 81 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo Shankland, Sam - Swiercz, Dariusz 1-0 100 A13 Reti Opening At halfway, Howell & Xiong are +1, Jones & Shankland =, Swiercz & Le -1 12 wins 3 draws (although 5 games have r...
by Mick Norris
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Howell, David W L - Jones, Gawain C B ½-½ 79 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Swiercz, Dariusz - Xiong, Jeffery ½-½ 36 B06 Modern Defence
Le, Quang Liem - Shankland, Sam ½-½ 30 C50 Giuoco Piano
by Mick Norris
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Swiercz, Dariusz - Jones, Gawain C B ½-½ 60 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Shankland, Sam - Xiong, Jeffery ½-½ 49 A20 English Opening
Le, Quang Liem - Howell, David W L ½-½ 110 C50 Giuoco Piano
by Mick Norris
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 4NCL Women's League
Replies: 0
Views: 215

4NCL Women's League

Expression of interest Our early thoughts on arrangements are as follows: Eight teams of four players each; Four rounds (two on Saturday, two on Sunday); A format of two pools/four teams in each pool - the first placed teams in each pool to play off for first place, the second placed teams to play ...
by Mick Norris
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

Re: New National Blitz event

David Shepherd wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:27 pm
Given there will be quite a few players in Paignton would it be feasible to hold an extra blitz qualifier in or near there from about 4pm (or whatever time the main open is likely to finish)?
Big ask for players and organisers; it wouldn't finish until at least 9 pm
by Mick Norris
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

Re: New National Blitz event

Once you have specified that "Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice" you simply disqualify anyone who enters a second event, even if the local organisers don't spot it; so, no obvious reason not to have a qualifier (or 2, 3, 4) on the Sunday
by Mick Norris
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

Re: New National Blitz event

According to the ECF Calendar Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Regional qualifying events in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester (tbc), Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast. Venue details will be advised separately for each event. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of t...
by Mick Norris
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5508

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

For many years the early entry fee deadline for the Championships was late in June. This year we decided to move this to 1st June 2019. However, we recognise that we should have communicated this change more effectively and have therefore decided to extend the early entry deadline until 30th June 2...
by Mick Norris
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

But at least you know with round robins, you almost certainly got the right winner Chessplayers tend to equate "the right winner" with "the highest-rated player" rather too often. Goryachkina has won on merit; she's far from the highest rated player here, in fact she's gained rating points in her f...
by Mick Norris
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Caution Tournament-related comment Mild-mannered, softly-spoken Anand hits out at Armageddon arrangements I'd have thought that 1 tournament wasn't a statistically significant sample to reach a conclusion, but the idea doesn't seem to be off to a good start Trying to ignore my personal dislike of i...
by Mick Norris
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

"In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. " You will probably be escorted from the building... I think it was quite clear that P...
by Mick Norris
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

Goryachkina draws with A Muzychuk and her nearest pursuer Lagno draws with M Muzychuk

0.5/3 is the maximum she needs to win now