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by LawrenceCooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3403

Re: Council Papers are out

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:11 am

The AGM papers, in particular the Director's report suggest that the ECF has appointed a development officer. The mystery remains as to why the appointment remains secret.
Presumably so The ECF eNewsletter October 2019 could break the news.
by LawrenceCooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 113
Views: 4282

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Where it's claimed, is any rationale given? Sutovsky's just claimed it on FB but no rationale given. "A handful of top players skipped - that does not change much. It is still by far the strongest Swiss ever." The FIDE Grand Prix events in 2016-17 which were eighteen players swisses may have had a ...
by LawrenceCooper
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

So that's Radjabov into the Candidates, an impressive comeback for him. I'd forgetten he was still quite so young. Given Ding seems quite likely to qualify for Yekaterinburg on rating, a win for Yu in the semi-final tie-break could likely mean two Chinese players in the Candidates. Though on curren...
by LawrenceCooper
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20

Neil Graham wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:12 pm

Which player scored 264 pts in 2016/17 including 24 goals and 11 assists but will score 0pts this season (still selected by 0.5% of managers)?
Alexis? I remember him being very good back then and the assists make me think him rather than Lukaku.
by LawrenceCooper
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I came across a 1 day rapidplay entry form today with a single Open section that offered 2 levels of entry fee: 1. £19 - eligible to win prize money 2. £6 - ineligible for prize money 1st prize is £130; amount of 2nd and 3rd prizes dependent on entries; additional prizes dependent on entries. Assum...
by LawrenceCooper
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Yu-Ding drawn.
by LawrenceCooper
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

John McKenna wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Steven DuCharme wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:48 am
Go MVL & Yu
MVL got through then and Yu-Vitiugov going to Armageddon.
Yu through, but not altogether smoothly!
by LawrenceCooper
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

https://lichess.org/blog/XX7kMRAAACIAqUVD/world-cup-drama-in-khanty-mansiysk--just-what-the-doctor-ordered?fbclid=IwAR0FG7OtBUVRNPoCcwigjG3AtA7MQOKh9_nEjICrV_vbh0qvLP_hGOuEz9c "Vardapetian announced some unpopular new rules for the World Cup, including that, although players would be forfeited for a...
by LawrenceCooper
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Four shock results today: Christiansen (113) beating Wojtaszek (16) Sarin (90) beat Cori (39) Huscheneth (84) beating Naiditsch (45) Esipenko (83) beating Ponomariov (46) The 45th seed has never got beyond the last 64, and the 46th seed has lost in the last 128 five times out of nine; only once get...
by LawrenceCooper
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 56
Views: 5988

Re: New National Blitz event

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:09 pm

Congratulations to Keith, to Matthew Turner, and to all the other qualifiers.
Not least James Sherwin. Born in 1933, he scored 13.5/15 in Cardiff finishing ahead of last year's runner-up.
by LawrenceCooper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 36
Views: 2380

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:40 pm
Does the ECF have a complaints system for their accredited coach scheme?
According to this announcement: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-acc ... ouncement/ on the 1st January 2019 the board agreed to "1. Close the ECF Accredited Coaches Scheme with immediate effect."
by LawrenceCooper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334719

Re: Media comments on chess

"Boris Johnson played a game of chess and got boxed in" MP Jess Phillips on Sky News.
by LawrenceCooper
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: July 2019 grades......

David Clayton has confirmed that this was an oversight. The tournament has now been registered and the file submitted. David has said that the secretary of the FIDE Qualifications Committee is aware of the situation and will approve the registration. It will then be rated and included on a future S...
by LawrenceCooper
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5847

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Can anyone explain why Anand's technique deserted him? Age catching up with him, maybe? Or maybe just the (delay) time control they used? Vishy seems to be blaming advancing years himself, maybe that is slightly over pessimistic? (and the time format quite possibly didn't help) I was as surprised w...
by LawrenceCooper
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3225

Re: Handshakes

Heh. Here's a question. Has anyone ever felt offended (or disappointed) when an offer to analyse is declined by the winner of a game? If I'm playing a stronger player then I'd welcome their input. Most are polite and will offer a few helpful comments even if not willing to do a post mortem. By the ...