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by Joey Stewart
Sat May 18, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8976

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I know this is a bit of an old topic now but I just had an idea that is the best of both worlds - why not do monthly grades for under 18s and leave the rest to be 6 monthly, then we could also do away with the guesstimate ratings for juniors and be able to use whatever their current rating for calcu...
by Joey Stewart
Fri May 17, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 31
Views: 3395

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

There seem to be tons of things you see in online chess that would never happen over the board, these are a few of the most common: 1. DEMANDING an opponent resigns a losing position immediately, presumably so the time doesn't get too short and it becomes hard for them to continue using their engine...
by Joey Stewart
Fri May 17, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Message from CJ de Mooi
Replies: 24
Views: 3663

Re: Message from CJ de Mooi

I don't see how CJ can be short of cash- there are pub quizzes pretty much every night of the week and he would be a one man army in all but the most elite events
by Joey Stewart
Thu May 16, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 3036

Re: What if a player falls ill....

I would like to think I would be reasonably sporting with my decision if an opponent was suddenly and unexpectedly taken ill at the board (though if they dropped dead, if it not like they really need those rating points anymore....) What bothers me more is when people knowingly turn up with massive ...
by Joey Stewart
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 9
Views: 1803

Re: 300 ECF Grade

I was looking at the top players list on the ECF grading list and noticed that Ian Nepomniatchi has an ECF grade of 299. Has anybody ever surpassed 300 ECF grade? If I had 5 years, 30 novice opponents, and traded away all respect as a chess player I'm pretty confident I could get a 300 rating....
by Joey Stewart
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5608

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I totally agree with chess being far too 'top heavy' in its monetisation - people might draw the parallel with football and the millions their top guys make, but three big difference there is that the guys in lower leagues are still recieving very respectable salaries (in almost all leagues football...
by Joey Stewart
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Rapidplay Entry Requirements
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: British Rapidplay Entry Requirements

Only one 190+ at that grading boundary surprises me - I would have expected multiple 200+ players in the 1900 range these days when you consider how broken the fide ratings are now. Would have been better to just not use fide rapid at all (aside from rating calculation) and base it entirely on the m...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4944

Re: County Chess 2018-19

just like Lancashire and Yorkshire!! Lancashire loves getting the bye to the national final, as every year at there AGM, they always say that they are the only team to field all teams in the national sections I guess at least you guys know they you have every chance of winning the national final wi...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4944

Re: County Chess 2018-19

WECU county chess is on its last legs now, with both Somerset and Gloucestershire no longer entering teams it is just Devon and Cornwall left holding the fort.
by Joey Stewart
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 5331

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Does the idea of moving players around between teams to balance things up kind of make the assumption that everbody is mercenary and will willingly abandon any previous affiliations for the sake of getting some new games?
by Joey Stewart
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 3rd February 2018 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: 1st Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 3rd February 2018 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Shame I only just saw this, I probably would have turned up if I knew about it sooner.

Good effort getting everything organised, it looked like a successful tournament, if you are planning another one it would be good to know so I can try and get up to play it this time.
by Joey Stewart
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Right now the only people who will care about these super computers "solving" chess are correspondence players, unless the future brings some sort of technology which allows us to interface our brains with machines then there is no worry about anybody human being able to use this to their advantage ...
by Joey Stewart
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Pgn Files
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Tournament Pgn Files

Why is it that so many tournament pgn files are full of garbage? I enclose an example (one of many) of the junk that pads out the pgn files of many respectable tournaments. [Event "Hastings Masters"] [Site "Horntye, Hastings"] [Date "2018.01.02"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Gormally, Daniel W"] [Black "Fi...
by Joey Stewart
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Game Of the Year
Replies: 0
Views: 584

Worst Game Of the Year

I know we love to show off our wins, but this year I am thinking of a little christmas fun project of finding the worst loss of the year - have no shame. post your howlers, after all in this contest the worst is also the best !
by Joey Stewart
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 29
Views: 3326

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Or even, much more famously, WG Grace