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by Richard Bates
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 38
Views: 1360

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

I would have thought that c) in preference to b) in a forced choice would be pretty easy.
by Richard Bates
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1920

Re: Old Chestnut

I don’t really understand the point of the proposal, it would be interesting to know what the views of female players are (in the sense of indicating that there is a barrier to their participation in County chess that this proposal would remove). WhenAlex H brought such a proposal forward (along wit...
by Richard Bates
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Fair to say that Magnus adequately rose to the challenge posed by Leonard's Saturday column? ;)
by Richard Bates
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Perhaps give it time - there are lots of other forcing lines that do not involve 7.Nd5, which would need to be learnt. Carlsen had time and assistance with these others lines last year, and he used to play the opening some years back anyway, but I would imagine that even other strong GMs might want...
by Richard Bates
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Taking up a new opening is always a good way to revitalise your game. Given that so far nobody seems to have any answer to his Sveshnikov it's slightly surprising that there haven't been obvious signs of others following his lead.
by Richard Bates
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2668

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Imagine there might be something of a story behind Sturua’s 19th move today (if chess 24 is to be believed...)
by Richard Bates
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: St Albans
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: St Albans

We'll call it the Brexit boom! ;)

But on a serious note, there's obviously a lot of anecdotal, if not firmer, evidence of people steering clear of foreign trips around the intended March 29 exit date.
by Richard Bates
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: St Albans
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: St Albans

Start of Easter holidays combined with Brexit uncertainty meaning people haven't made plans to go away?
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: US Championship 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:35 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:37 am
Probably Wesley was lost somewhere near the end of yesterday's game but the online engines may be wrong
I assumed that he was simply following an efficient route to the draw.
The online engines didn’t have a clue.
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Chess Champions of the past
Replies: 28
Views: 5097

Re: British Chess Champions of the past

James Pratt wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:50 pm
So is Bryon Jacobs for that matter
?

EDIT: oh, you mean there's no such person!
by Richard Bates
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 23
Views: 1878

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

Is there still the option of running separate squads? That might be a way around it?
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12163

Re: World Teams 2019

I don’t get this. This was not “the England team sponsored by PokerStars”. It was philanthropic sponsorship, not company sponsorship. There is no endorsement or promotion of a product behind accepting the money. As long as the source of the money is legal, it is better that it is used for good cause...
by Richard Bates
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12163

Re: World Teams 2019

Interesting snippet that England appear to have been employing Boris Avrukh as team coach.
by Richard Bates
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

There’s also the issue of what grades are used when submitting results late or en masse - those at competition start, or those at time games were played. If there were no leagues submitting monthly, that's rather less of a problem, since it would only be Congress and 4NCL players whose ECF grades/r...
by Richard Bates
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

So the ECF needs to lay down some rules which leagues have to follow. The rules which would create minimum disturbance to current reporting patterns would be to require Congresses to follow FIDE timetable deadlines and for leagues and clubs to continue to report six-monthly. That's with the caveat ...