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by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 2874

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I'd be perfectly happy with any team being able to insist on a neutral venue if they specified that was the case in March, say. We're not asking for the earth, just a somewhat level playing field. Perhaps teams could be asked to indicate, when submitting their entries for the National Stages at the...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 2874

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

Thank you for your detailed account of events. I have edited my earlier post. When the final venue was revealed, and a good two months before the day itself, I put in a very polite protest to the ECF that we were unlikely to be able to get a team to Kettering should we actually make it. Are you sayi...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 2874

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:29 am
Not sure what the venue was like, but presumably after the Devon default, Kettering won't be chosen again
The venue was excellent and a vast improvement on the previous one. I hope that it will be chosen again.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 193
Views: 13896

Re: Arbitration question

Black has sufficient material that, given sufficiently incompetent play by White, Black could still win. Therefore the arbiter would award the game to Black. (That assumes that White hadn't, before his flag fell, claimed a draw on the basis that his opponent could not win by normal means). No such ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73115

Re: Cheating in chess

I've just read that Igor Rausis has been caught red handed with a phone. I thought he had just been mopping up much weaker players in tournaments, but i guess that may have just helped him cover up how he was doing it as people would expect a stronger player to outplay lower graded players. Is this...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 2874

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I wasn't surprised when Daniel Rosen decided to throw in the towel at the end as it looked to be all over but then I checked the game with Stockfish which flagged up a draw after 36.Rxh7+ Kxh7 37.Nxf6+ as 37...Kh8 38.Nxe4 and White threatens mate with 39.Qe5+. He would still have had to find some p...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12619

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I'm not sure where that 2600 number comes from. https://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?event=11600098. I was giving Rausis the benefit of the doubt that his 2600+ ratings in 2017 and 2018 reflected a genuine increase in his playing strength compared with previously. I am disinclined to be so charitable ...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12619

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

If I may be forgiven for introducing some facts into the discussion, in the 2018/19 winter season Rausis played 26 games against 2350+ opposition. His results were v 2350-2450 _ +8 =5 -0 for a performance of 2650 v 2451-2670 _ +3 =10 -0 for a performance of 2640 I suggest that he may not be expecte...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2019 World Open Philadelphia
Replies: 13
Views: 827

Re: 2019 World Open Philadelphia

It's a very tense game with plenty going on in the background . I'll say. It would be a gross understatement to say that I was unimpressed. The arbiter at the board was in a difficult position. In a game with a longer time limit, I am sure that the correct course of action would be to suspend play ...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Query
Replies: 23
Views: 1519

Re: Membership Query

There is a 2019 Yearbook which 2018 - 2019 Platinum members have received free, but whether there will be a 2020 Yearbook for 2019 - 2020 Platinum members to receive is anyone's guess. Mike Truran has contacted me to confirm that the Yearbook will continue to be published and that it will continue ...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Query
Replies: 23
Views: 1519

Re: Membership Query

By the way, the Yearbook has been deprecated and therefor Pt members do not receive a free yearbook on the simple grounds that it does not exist. Really? See https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-yearbook-2019/ and http://2gqpi.r.ca.d.sendibm2.com/mk/cl/f/RlotvaWytXpb1rIMf3PZg4nJc8yvzl6Xjm5UqYjRPwn00...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Query
Replies: 23
Views: 1519

Re: Membership Query

I vaguely recall the ECF wondering if it could somehow split the Platinum membership cost into ECF and Chess Trust so part was eligible for Gift Aid. Perhaps it was all too complicated for the relatively small amount of potential tax reclaim. The proposal was strongly opposed by many Platinum membe...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12619

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:29 am
Has the PM facility changed or disappeared?
Would you wish people to use it? Your email address is publicly available.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Draw Croatia
Replies: 30
Views: 2327

Re: Grand Chess Draw Croatia

Only one rest day for a 12 player event does seem a bit steep, too. There was a general desire from both players and organisers for meaningful tiebreaks in the event of a tie in the Classic events, so a day has been provided at the end both in Zagreb and in St Louis. To facilitate this, a possible ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: SCCU/London Club Championships
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: SCCU/London Club Championships

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:02 pm
Nice photos - is David Sedgwick asleep against Richmond Juniors? Or is that a look of deep concentration?
Both, I think. Nowadays I need to concentrate during my dreams.