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by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2600

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:25 pm
But my feeling is the win against Penrose below is one of Leonard's prettiest games
Leonard himself chose it:
Leonard Barden wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:03 pm
My favourite game now would be against Penrose at York 1959, although this, too, has its weak spots.
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=10016&start=45
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 1973

Re: The French System

... As a result, chess in the UK cannot hope to compete even with France at chess, although they're no match for us at cycling and swimming. So how did the 'English chess explosion' of the 1970s come about - was it entirely the Fischer effect and Leonard Barden's junior training? To some extent che...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 1973

Re: The French System

The only sports in which the UK does put money in directly are Olympic sports, where the lottery provides the funding for large numbers of sports, particularly in the build up to and immediate aftermath of the 2012 Olympic Games. As a result, we punch significantly above our weight in the Olympic m...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20376

Re: World Youth Championships

I may have the year wrong, try Hammersmith 1973. My final round opponent was Jonathan Speelman. Leonard, I played at Hammersmith 1973 and I recall that you also played. Until now I had no idea that it was your last event. The tournament was won jointly by Tim Harding (of this parish) and Bojan Kura...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20376

Re: World Youth Championships

OK, I can run a FIDE rated rapidplay without having a FIDE arbiter (of any level) present during the event? You need someone who is FIDE licensed as an Arbiter at National Levels (NA) or above. Current ECF policy is that anyone who is ECF Level 1 or above will be licensed on request. Out of interes...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2020

Earlier today I participated in a conference call to discuss the details of the Player Agreement and of the Regulations. Does this mean you continue as Chief Arbiter for 2020? Not necessarily. I have always done the work on each set of Regulations as part of the previous year's contract. As and whe...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2020

The GCT Press Release is at https://grandchesstour.org/news-press-release/2020-gct-feature-ten-full-tour-participants-and-five-events. In essence this confirms what was said in an admittedly thinly attended Press Conference on the final day of the 2019 Tour Finals in London. 1. There would only be f...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Thank you to those who made further supportive comments about yesterday's mishap and to the members of my fan club who watched my game this morning. I was on the last of the live boards, but I shall be a few boards higher tomorrow. However, I suspect that the time is fast approaching when the focus ...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

I hope David's results improve. Otherwise he is likely to have a record drop in rating in a calendar year. Switch to coke zero and cut the fruit. Every third year I give up diet coke for Lent. This is the year, so I shall be on that particular wagon from Wednesday 26th February (inclusive) to Sunda...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

The opening Simultaneous Display on Sunday 19th January was given by Anatoly Karpov. In a tremendous tour de force, lasting over 4 hours, he emerged with a score of +25, =4, -0. Details can be found at http://chess-results.com/tnr508591.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1. One of his opponents was called Robert F...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:00 pm
[EDIT: Double fail, as I see David Howell isn't even playing in Gibraltar. :oops: ]
He is doing the commentary with Fiona Steil-Antoni
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

The only way from there is down. And so it came to pass. Hubris before nemesis, perhaps. Oops - assuming the live coverage is right? It is, sadly. Oh for goodness sake! Not paying attention ... That makes two of us. Thank you to those whom made supportive comments. Tomorrow is another day.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:56 am
Have the metal detectors prevented David from taking in his favourite liquid refreshment? (It's non-alcoholic by the way.)
I bought my diet coke on site today. John has a photo of that too.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3833

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Meanwhile, coming up today (Monday) at 0845 London time:

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2020/1/1/1

The only way from there is down.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 2586

Re: New grading conversions

For so long as you have to operate under a federation which discourages FIDE rating, it will be difficult. David Clayton, the ECF International Rating Officer, spends many hours of his time each month helping English organisers get their events FIDE rated. I am sure that he will appreciate the insu...