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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Paignton Congress 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2664

Re: Paignton Congress 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:20 am
Are the dates for 2019 known?
According to
https://www.englishchess.org.uk/event/d ... -congress/
the 2019 Paignton dates are 31st August to 7th September
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5532

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

How often will the latest list be used? Tournament organisers in the context of monthly lists will have to define which list or lists they use for eligibility and whether they will use the same list for pairings and grading prize eligibility. Kidlington, for example, which takes place early Februar...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2709

Re: April Council meeting 2019

And a serious increase in fees, presumably. The paradox is that the likely best way of developing "grass roots" chess is to charge no fees whatsoever, even perhaps offering a subsidy. The ECF would need sponsorship to make that happen. It would appear University based rapid play events have distanc...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Old Chestnut

There are 73 women players graded over 130 according to the ECF grading data. Very few counties would be able to field an eight board team. If the English chess establishment wanted to punt a female only competition, the "obvious" route would be to team up with the 4NCL and run it alongside the div...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2812
Views: 300402

Re: Media comments on chess

Roland Kensdale wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:35 pm
India Owens says she is taking break from professional chess while attending Southampton University. (2.07 mins)
"serious" rather than "professional" might have been a better choice of adjective.

http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?f ... de=272684B
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Old Chestnut

I wonder if having a women only section of the championship with say just 8 boards to start with and a proper trophy might be better Middlesex once fielded an all female team quite probably over 16 boards , but that was twenty five years ago or so. It may have been in the days when there were "seco...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2709

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I've asked Malcolm for an updated breakdown which shows the split between the Open and Women's team and the amount spent on player appearance fees. Have recent teams had the support of external trainers/analysts? Would the costs of this extra support be under "fees", so the total includes more than...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2709

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Personally, I wouldn’t object to an amendment to the motion to allow for an inflation-rate increase each year. It's clear, is it not, that expenditure on Olympiads and Europeans has increased. What's not so clear is why. Is it increased support costs, analysts and trainers? Or is it higher fees for...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:16 pm
a simul tour made by Paul Keres in November/December 1962...
not long after the Cuban missile crisis, but I'd imagine the tour was put together some months earlier.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Old Chestnut

So the moderately strong female player who meets the normal eligibility criteria doesn't get to play because the team captain knows a much stronger female player who has no connection with the county. As a minimum eligibility requirement, perhaps that the player(s) concerned have to meet to eligibi...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2685

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Is this it? That's mostly the list of qualifiers by title, rating and performances in last year's events. The "Grand Prix" list won't be finalised until July which is a bit late for 2019. I think the ECF needs to rethink this method of qualification, but that doesn't seem likely to happen. Unless t...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2685

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

From the front page scroll down to "Competitions" , click on "ECF Grand Prix" , scroll down to "Grand Prix Leader Boards as at 29/03/2019 – click here" There's also a Grand Prix to establish qualifiers for the 2019 or possibly 2020 British Championship. A list did eventually appear for 2017-2018, b...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2709

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I have argued strongly against the argument that membership is just a tax to pay for international chess No, it's also a tax to pay for the staff at the ECF Office. No doubt you could apportion that notionally to each of the ECF's areas of operation, but it's not an exercise, that even if done has ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Old Chestnut

bringing discredited policies back to Council after they've been rejected in the past. from https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Board-Meeting-No.-127-15th-February-2019.pdf CF tabled a proposal to mandate a female player in each of the Open County first teams in the National ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3010

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Chris Rice wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:26 pm
Hannes was definitely winning until he played an illegal move. Under the new rules the arbiter told me later you don't lose immediately but if you do it again...
It was even the identical move Rg3-g4 with the Rook pinned by a Queen on f4 to the King on h2.