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by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11197

Re: British Junior Championships

I happened to come across the Pardubice website http://www.czechopen.net/tournaments/youthteams.php and the results at http://chess-results.com/tnr23805.aspx?datatyp=&lan=1&flag=30 There aren't any British teams participating. Is it not the case that there are now more international junior events th...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Monthly Grading Lists
Replies: 37
Views: 4712

Re: Monthly Grading Lists

Would it be possible to do the Standard play grades after 6 months, like the rapidplay ones? This is beginning to move towards the idea of monthly grades, but without being a massively drastic change. This was proposed (and rejected) about eighteen months ago. There would be a problem with this whe...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 35027

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

It's great the system is going to be weighted for juniors, I think it's the only way you can reliably calculate junior grades. While still not perfect, I think it's a step in the right direction. It's just a shame that it's taken until now to realise it, and we have a major delay in the grades bein...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Monthly Grading Lists
Replies: 37
Views: 4712

Re: Monthly Grading Lists

So why can't the ECF do that with chess? Because it doesn't want to and the "Clarke" methodology needs a "long" period of time over which to calculate a rating. You may or may not have noticed that FIDE have switched to publishing ratings every two months and that results are published on the websi...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 35027

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Well, any definite news yet on when the new grades *will* be out :?: not exactly definite, but see the report on the SCCU AGM (11th July) from http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/sccu.htm in which (7) ECF Grades 2009. This one, less improbably perhaps, came up under Grading Secretary's Report. It seemed ther...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15987

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

michele clack wrote:Can anyone explain why?
It's the national championships. In chess, most countries have them.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15987

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

I received today the Programme for this event (presumably as an entrant rather than as a direct member).

It would be tiresome to do an "Edward Winter" and list all the errors - suffice it to say that days of the week in 2009 seem to have become the same as they were in 2008.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE grades
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: FIDE grades

Is this also the case why in the 4NCL the grades of team seem to be all over the shop rather than in correct FIDE numerical In the 4NCL, all you have to do is ensure that no player plays above someone rated 80 FIDE points above them. It's long been established that 4NCL teams determine their board ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: IM norms
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Re: IM norms

Do they expire? I always thought they did, but I happened to meet a chap the other day who had some year old norms made in Swiss tournaments and he seemed to think they were valid. I believe the rules changed some time back. I expect it was an idea by you know who. One or two British players revive...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scottish Chess Championship 2009
Replies: 54
Views: 4710

Re: Scottish Chess Championship 2009

Another problem with the British Championship is that the best players in Britain do not enter it. According to FIDE, the top 3 rated English players, Short, Adams and McShane, haven't entered. As far as Short and Adams are concerned, the ECF hasn't had enough money in recent years to pay their req...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scottish Chess Championship 2009
Replies: 54
Views: 4710

Re: Scottish Chess Championship 2009

Alex Holowczak wrote:I don't think Mike Surtees has a grade of 0, as he states on his scoresheet.
Given the rather elementary (French defence take on d4 with the Q allowing Bishop somewhere check) cheapo that he fell into, a grade of zero seems somehow appropriate ( in an ironic sense)
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Link to this forum back on ecf website?
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: Link to this forum back on ecf website?

michele clack wrote:Have the ECF relented or is this a mistake on their part?
Shhh -- It's always been there :)
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 8139

Re: Big Slick Tournament

Carl Hibbard wrote: Is that game online anywhere?
try http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1546875

The rest of the tournament is there as well.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scottish Chess Championship 2009
Replies: 54
Views: 4710

Re: Scottish Chess Championship 2009

Heard rumblings (again) that other countries GM's don't get treated the same as English GM's when it comes to the Britsh. I believe the ECF's position is that if it raises money as "start money for IMs/GMs", then that money goes to players who are ENG on the rating list. If the Scottish, Welsh or I...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 35027

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

John Upham wrote:A live Television debate has been scheduled for this coming friday night (to be hosted by Jonathan Woss and Russell Bland) between Roger de Coverly and Sean Hewitt
It would be simpler to scrap the new ratings in their entireity.