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by DonaldMoir
Thu May 31, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

He didn’t do very well overall in the Tamil Nadu State Sub-Junior Championship and, based on the above, I calculated that he had only risen to 996.

However I am delighted to say that the June FIDE rating list has finally given him a rating: 1006.

He will be over the moon!
by DonaldMoir
Mon May 07, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2788
Views: 116149

Re: The English Language

The data preprocessing sentence doesn’t make sentence to me and is full of horrible punctuation mistakes!

The breast cancer sentence is OK, but could be rephrased:

There are more than nine thousand women with breast cancer, of whom one thousand and eight hundred have died.
by DonaldMoir
Sun May 06, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

Thank you for your helpful comments. This boy is very keen on chess! He has just started another rating tournament - the Tamil Nadu State Sub-Junior Championship (for children under 15 years) and has won his first round against a 1252-rated player. So hopefully he will get over the 1000 mark this ti...
by DonaldMoir
Wed May 02, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

Thank you very much
by DonaldMoir
Wed May 02, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

All his games were against rated players (I.e. over 1000) - otherwise the results are not sent in to FIDE.

There may be some way to calculate how close he is, but my brain can’t work it out!
by DonaldMoir
Wed May 02, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

His FIDE number is 25617869
by DonaldMoir
Wed May 02, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

Sorry to raise this issue again. Would anyone be able to comment on this specific example - a 13-year-old Indian boy who is mad keen on chess. He has just participated in another rating tournament where he did pretty well. But he still cannot overcome the legacy of his previous poor results last yea...
by DonaldMoir
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2788
Views: 116149

Re: The English Language

Your amendment (We call d7 a key square of the pawn on e6) would be the normal SVO syntax, with ‘a key square of the pawn on e6’ being the object complement. The original sentence ‘fronts’ the object to draw particular attention to it. It might have been simpler to write the sentence in the passive:...
by DonaldMoir
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

There is no problem with these chess-mad Indian youngsters not playing chess. About 250 participate in school chess electives weekly and more than 100 regularly go to tournaments, even though most of them never win even a small trophy. But, in this delightfully old-fashioned part of rural India, che...
by DonaldMoir
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 3718

FIDE Ratings - Part Results

I am fortunate in being able to spend part of my retirement in south India. A good friend is principal of a school there and I quite often accompany a party of schoolchildren to FIDE-Rating tournaments, of which there are many. A problem has slowly come to my attention. Quite a few of the children h...
by DonaldMoir
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2685

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

The organisers did try to find a game for Vicksho, but his potential opponent declined. Vishal (aged 10) is actually Vicksho's younger brother! (Vicksho is 12.). The two boys were due opposite colours so this may be the reason why Vicksho got the short straw. I was actually fearful that Vishal would...
by DonaldMoir
Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2685

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

You would need to be able to cope with the constant cries of, "Illegal move! illegal move!" echoing all round the playing hall !
by DonaldMoir
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2685

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

Thank you for all your comments. I understand the issues a little more.

In India, where this problem occurs for v-y children regularly, the organisers of tournaments show some sympathy but seem very frightened of FIDE, even though many tournaments are only for children and are not FIDE-rated.
by DonaldMoir
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2685

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

Yes, Vicksho played in the U1600 W/E tournament and, because of the bye, missed one of his five games. Fortunately, he got a win in time to avoid a bye in the Super Rapidplay. It's not a big deal, but it happens to him, Yojith, and a few other kids unfortunate enough to have been given low-alphabet ...
by DonaldMoir
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2685

White wins in two moves and other matters

I am only a very 'average' chess player, so I hope you don't mind if I share some recent chess experiences with you all. I had the enjoyable task of hosting a group of ten Indian children (aged 10 - 15 years) and two of their teachers, when they attended the London Chess Classic last week. [As well ...