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by Michael Farthing
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Ah well! You're the expert.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Why not simply let such players choose which of their two ratings they themselves wish to use? That would be equivalent to a rule saying that the organiser will use the lowest rating, wouldn't it? Yes!!! You've got the idea. (a) The individual cares massively if he/she perceives an injustice becaus...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

But you'd still have players with an ECF Elo rating and a FIDE Elo rating that were different (even in the event that the average of the two ratings across all players with both was the same), unless you adopted the French approach. That would still mean that tournament organisers running rating li...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2525
Views: 105572

Re: The English Language

As always, a full quotation would be useful. For example: "After c8(Q) the game is decided" implies that there is no realistic way that (presumably white) will not win. But the game is not finished as black might struggle on. On the other hand: "The game is decided when one side checkmates the other...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1604

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Irrationality is not even that. Irrationality is behaving in a way that detracts from a players personal objectives - which may not be financial at all. Thus, opting for a quick draw to avoid tension with your opponent who is your brother or to get an earlier train home are both rational choices if ...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress 17-19 August
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 17-19 August

As a special thank you Mick for the consideration of me that you showed two posts up, you may notice that I am now among the entrants.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 998

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

You are a bully, Prof!
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11400

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Clue: Rather curiously and totally by chance, at this very moment, the correct answer is displayed on this page (but it will not be so for long).
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11400

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Sorry Roger. That is not the correct answer. It fulfills the percentages exactly, but it is not the lowest that would yield these percentages correct to one decimal place
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11400

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:05 am
Makro presumably 4.8%.
You are not implying that maybe only 10 people and their cats voted are you??
No! [Though the (unwarranted) suspicion that the voting might be quite low did provoke me to do the Maths].

In fact, to get the exact percentages considerably more than 10 votes are needed
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11400

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

chess-news.ru has conducted a similar poll. The difference in support for the "Russian" candidate is noticeable. https://twitter.com/Chess__News/status/1026886694958780417/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5E716612556723515392&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chess-news.ru%2F...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5202

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I'm advised that they have probably not been here long enough to make that application but that in any case it would probably still require exceptional circumstances.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5202

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

If, during the period of residence in the UK, Shreyas had had a sibling who was a British citizen (which, for obvious reasons, I assume is not the case) then the immigration situation would have been quite different. One cannot deport a British citizen (and, if one tried, the destination country wo...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5202

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I see J T's point, but it is not unreasonable in my view for an organisation to make representations on behalf of its members without it needing to become an issue of politcial principle or direction. It is fairly similar perhaps to the establsihed legal approach that all accused people are entitled...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19525

Re: British Championship 2018

It must be seen as a triumph for Kevin with a forum rating of 2385 against Roger's 16854!

As for Ian's other suggestions, only Jack is in the top league with 3667.