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by David Shepherd
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Questions without answers
Replies: 67
Views: 18605

Re: Questions without answers

I wonder how the cost breakdown works for the sets. I have a feeling that the machine tools are relatively expensive, but once produced the unit cost per set may be fairly low. Has anybody considered whether optional additional sets could be offered at a small profit to provide Holloid with a Revenu...
by David Shepherd
Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: New Arbiting Team Member...
Replies: 2
Views: 1255

Re: New Arbiting Team Member...

That will be a king then! (sorry....).

Seriously though it is nice to see any new arbiter with the playing experience and ability that Jack has.
by David Shepherd
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: King and Knight v King and Knight
Replies: 23
Views: 2647

Re: King and Knight v King and Knight

A few test tournaments/matches could be run with just Armageddon games to test the different time limits with time added to find the best combinations of time in order to give equal average results to black and white.
by David Shepherd
Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: King and Knight v King and Knight
Replies: 23
Views: 2647

Re: King and Knight v King and Knight

I doubt white could claim that black declined a draw and was going for a win as my understanding of the rules of the play off were that a draw for black was counted as a win. I think clearly she just did not see the draw in the time scramble. I am not sure if it would be relevant anyway - either the...
by David Shepherd
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: King and Knight v King and Knight
Replies: 23
Views: 2647

Re: King and Knight v King and Knight

I once lost a dead drawn blitz game (basically K+R v K+R) as there was no two minute claim available - I believe that the rules in this area need revising - I repeatedly offered my opponent a draw after every move just to show my opinion of the fact he was playing on. The controller of the tournamen...
by David Shepherd
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 13383

Re: New Grades

My understanding is that a juniors grade is intended to represent their average playing strength for the next season (as I believe any yearly increase is added after the grading calculations are done). Thus the grade for longplay would be an estimate of their grade in 6 months time, (assuming a line...
by David Shepherd
Tue May 06, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 12180

Re: British Junior Championships

In some ways I think it is good to have tournaments spread accross the different age groups (including adults) in the same place at the same time as it allows natural progression. If the John Robinson Grand Prix continues it will be interesting to see how it impacts on the tournament entries (it was...