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by Joey Stewart
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

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: 5984

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: 705

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: 5749

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: 5749

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: 5696

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: 2033

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: 39
Views: 8870

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: 1133

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: 612

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: 3836

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Or even, much more famously, WG Grace
by Joey Stewart
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 29
Views: 3836

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Why were there so many English players of that era who went by their initials instead of their actual name - was that a convention of the times?
by Joey Stewart
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who may J'adoube ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Who may J'adoube ?

Attend enough rapidplay events and you will see this happen for real, usually during time scrambles, and always with the piece ending up on the preferable square. Not sure what would happen now that the "illegal move" rule is in place - the offended player would be in his rights to claim a win, but ...
by Joey Stewart
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A game in Leyland Congress vs a.sainsbury
Replies: 61
Views: 2448

Re: A dubious but spectacular Knight sorte

No, do post more games, I would infinitely prefer to see chess games than some of the tripe that can get on this forum when we are just discussing chess. Best solution to not clogging it up with too many separate posts might be to just have one called Alan Llewellyns chess games, and use that whenev...
by Joey Stewart
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 3331

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

The sort of transpositions I am thinking of are ones where white is given time to get in e4 or d4 and relatively passive play by black running into one of those kingside pawn rush attacks like you see against the dragon, pirc, or even semi slav. Needs black to be relatively cooperative in not seekin...