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by Reg Clucas
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1860

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Reg Clucas wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:43 pm
prizes were more likely to be goods than cash. Examples in my experience have been clothing, a mug, chocolate, a set of tools and a bunch of bananas.
I don't know how I managed to forget this in my previous post, but I've just remembered that at one race I won...a chess set!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1860

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Never really much money in fell running either coming or going. You're not kidding. After a good run at Langdale one year I got a fiver in a plain brown envelope. This was a bit naughty, as it was in the days when there was a strict distinction between amateur and professional athletes. However, ev...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Live ratings (January 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Live ratings (January 2019)

I would like to tell you how the events which are rated "live" are selected, but I do not know that myself. There is certainly a difference between the two lists. Maybe due to different events being selected, or maybe the FIDE site is just not being updated so quickly. However chess2700.com has in ...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Live ratings (January 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Live ratings (January 2019)

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:31 am
FIDE now have a 'Live' rating list on their site when you click on the ratings page. This has the top 100 players and not just the 2700 club.
So does chess2700.com, under the 'Top100' tab.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292167

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:22 pm
The Guardian's weekly round-up of You Tube sport videos includes
Chess player Hikaru Nakamura doesn’t like what he sees on the next table at the Gibraltar Open.
Looks more like he thinks Aronian has made an unpleasant smell!
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: English Seniors 2019

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:14 pm

The quote above says 7 rounds, the website however says only 6, being Thursday evening, two rounds Friday and Saturday and one Sunday.
Which is correct?
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292167

Re: Media comments on chess

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:16 pm
if you hold a lump of plutonium, it quickly gets noticeably hotter. (Note - don't try this at home, and always use appropriate safety equipment.)
I keep mine in the fridge!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 1950

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

The Leagues in which I play allow the home team to decide whether or not increments will be used. As far as I know, no potential visiting player has refused to visit a club which uses increments. Of course 30 seconds is ideal if possible, but as Roger says, 10 or 15 seconds is adequate. In most case...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292167

Re: Media comments on chess

On an edition of Eggheads this week, one of the Sport questions had 'Chess' as one of the three possible answers. Although it wasn't the correct answer to the question, I thought it noteworthy that the quiz compilers considered Chess a sport.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 22
Views: 1098

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

What is vital is that there must be a properly devised playoff system, with at least a full day set aside for it. Two would be better. Looks like there won't be. The regulations state- If the top two (2) or more players score the same points, the tie is to be decided by the following criteria, in o...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4449

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:46 pm

chess and football

We'd give that a go here in Bolton, but the stadium might get repossessed before the end of the tournament :roll:
Things were never that bad in Horwich when Horwich RMI played there (not even the football!) :)
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292167

Re: Media comments on chess

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 am
Are there 600 million people who can swim proficiently?
You don't need to be able to swim - you just need to be able to sink!
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 27 January 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 27 January 2019

John Neely wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:24 pm
Why host this the exact same day as the Coventry one?
Why not? They're hardly likely to be competing for the same players.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

What happens far more often is that a game gets delayed by ten minutes ( time for thirty more moves ) because of a dispute, or because the analogue clock has been running slow and the players didn't notice. Or even more often, the home team hasn't exercised its prerogative to start the clocks on ti...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. But wo...