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by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 3172

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

It also determined eligibility by reference to ECF grades. It looks as though that practice is going to be reinstated, which I expect to be a very popular development. I've privately made what to me seemed the rather obvious point that they may not exist in their current style by the time we get ar...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 3172

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Hopefully not. It seems daft to me to have a British Championship for a restricted group of players where the eligibility criterion is that their standard of play is below some level. Could you imagine golf having a British Over 25 Handicap golf champion? When I was in charge, I deliberately set ou...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 14197

Re: Arbitration question

The 2018 edition states Going to the toilet is not necessarily a valid reason for stopping the clocks. A disabled player must be treated with due respect. Stewart, this is the second time recently that I have seen you refer to the 2018 edition of the FIDE Arbiters' Manual on this Forum. It has been...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 14197

Re: Arbitration question

Considering " If the default time is 0, the arbiter has to declare the game lost for the players who are not present at their chessboards." , isn't the "has to" in conflict with article 6.7.1 which leaves it to the arbiter's discretion? You have a general duty to enforce the default time, as the no...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM
Replies: 12
Views: 1347

Re: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM

It depends what the criteria is to be able to attend and vote at the AGM. If you have a right to do so under the constitution then they can't prevent you from attending, although if they chose to deny you entry it's hard to see who could consider the complaint and any redress . Sometimes that is no...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1619

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

If an organiser takes the view that ECF grades are a better measure of ranking than International ratings, then section limits can be set by reference to ECF grades and accept the slight randomisation that doing pairings by reference to International ratings might generate . It wouldn't be appropri...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 56
Views: 5926

Re: New National Blitz event

Rumour has it that the bureaucratic 'kerfuffle' is on the verge of being defeated and we will soon be offered a choice of qualifying dates :D I don't want to speak too soon, but hopefully we are about to see a victory for common sense and opportunity. I'm pleased to see that there was a happy endin...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 3172

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Andy McCulloch wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:11 am
I am disappointed that Torquay has been chosen again for the British. This will be the third time at Torquay since the British was last held in Scotland in Edinburgh in 2003.
Have you asked the officers of Chess Scotland whether they would wish to see the British Championships held in Scotland?
by David Sedgwick
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3048
Views: 329976

Re: Media comments on chess

Presumably this Guardian article references the book by "our" (late) Colin Crouch? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/04/britain-mired-democratic-crisis-deeper-brexit Different guy In his own pieces, "our" Colin Crouch pointed out that he was Colin S Crouch, not Colin R Crouch, who ...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE title hierarchy?
Replies: 17
Views: 925

Re: FIDE title hierarchy?

WCM would be displayed for a player with both of these titles. I realise that I do not understand exactly what you are asking. Displayed where? In the list of entrants or pairings, e.g. http://chess-results.com/tnr467011.aspx?lan=1 http://chess-results.com/tnr467011.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=4&flag=30 Sw...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running a standard play tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Running a standard play tournament

2. Sunday is actually the 8th December. The link which you quoted states that "… the London Chess Classic Conference will take place on November 29-31..." (sic). Does that have any bearing on whether the date of the subsequent Sunday is 8th December or 9th December? I'm afraid, unlike David, I can'...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running a standard play tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Running a standard play tournament

Is that strictly necessary? Does an English player really need to obtain a FIN from the ECF before taking part in a standard play tournament? In the various FIDE rated events that we run (mostly rapid, but also blitz and an occasional standard play), we have always just send in the FIDE rating repo...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5049

Re: July 2019 grades......

Jon Griffith deserves all the credit for overcoming the obstacles, so that the August update has been delivered in August. Brian Valentine Manager ECF Grading This is excellent news. Many thanks to Jon and everyone else involved. From the perspective of most members, the single most important task ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5049

Re: July 2019 grades......

We had been working towards giving Nick an "I told you so moment", but it is not to be. Several people have been giving up their time to fix the problem, but even so we cannot publish till early next week. The issue has been outside our control and only emerged yesterday. We can only apologise for ...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5593

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Afterthought; maybe we can enhance Alex's thinking on chess as a spectator sport by having a game of table tennis as the final tiebreaker? That is not an option which I am considering. If the situation were to arise, I am required to consult the players before deciding how to proceed, as you stated...