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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 9628

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

I would imagine the organisers could withhold part of his appearance fee. An alarming report for the players is here http://www.samaylive.com/news/kolkata-open-chess-meet-in-deep-financial-blues/653292.html Published: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 at 19:59 IST Though it has one of the strongest fields ever seen...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 9628

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

Jonathan Bryant wrote: I wondered if that was it ... but losing on time is hardly rare is it?
It probably is when playing with the 30 second increment - particularly at about move 15.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE officials want to eliminate chess
Replies: 12
Views: 1946

FIDE officials want to eliminate chess

Why is it that FIDE officials seem so keen to propose rule changes that would have the effect of discouraging (to say the very least) participation in chess events? What do we make of this proposal? http://www.fide.com/images/stories/news2009/80th_fide_congress/annex_22.pdf 2.1 A player who fails to...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE back to the seventies
Replies: 2
Views: 755

FIDE back to the seventies

There's a paper on the FIDE website which would take the Olympiads back towards a format last seen in 1974. http://www.fide.com/images/stories/news2009/80th_fide_congress/annex_19.pdf Here's an extract 1 The Olympiad will be played in two stages; the Preliminaries and the Finals. 2 Teams will be see...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 9628

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

Now we know where the article originated we can ask what ... ‘timed run-out’ ... means exactly. Other reports suggest that the move rate was 90 30 and that he lost on time. So the articles should have said "time ran out". Perhaps it was a misheard verbal report. I've seen the phrase "left a pie...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 9628

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

Also from the polgar blog - he's been nominated by the FIDE president for the world cup :!: h) 6 nominees of the FIDE President 119. Robson, Ray (USA) 120. Tkachiev, Vladislav (FRA) 121. Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (IRI) 122. Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) 123. Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) 124. Pelletier, Yannick (SUI)
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Surrey's motion on grading for Council
Replies: 21
Views: 3696

Re: Surrey's motion on grading for Council

some statistics that suggested a problem with the system. Three years down the line, do we have a clear idea on exactly what these statistics are? There's the "Grist Graph" which is the s-shaped thing plotting grading difference v %result. We've only ever seen one of these so as to whether it's the...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blitz : Opponents moving in your time !
Replies: 44
Views: 4741

Re: Blitz : Opponents moving in your time !

How do you feel this should be dealt with, which chess law(s) deals with it, and what should the remedy be ? I thought the convention was that you get to press your clock anyway, so that you might take a second off your opponent's time even if already moved. At least that's the way that players rea...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36019

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Every year there are changes from the provisional list to the official list. But particularly with Richard Hadrell's iron grip of data going into the system, the changes between the end-July and end-August lists were not much more than the odd missing event or the odd player misidentification. They...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36019

Re: having learned quite a few grades from last list.

what was the point of the first list at all if any? It enabled many of the "are you sure this is right" issues to be raised. In the original project plan, all of this was supposed to be sorted out last year. The "red grades" were published for 2008 this time last year - the junior grades in particu...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206
Replies: 62
Views: 9904

Re: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206

Despite Callum Kilpatrick and a few others, That's the 40 point rule in one of its manifestations. If you score near 100% against players you are 40 points above, the new grade would be "last year" grade + about 10. In some cases this is a deflationary force because it restricts the available gain ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36019

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Sean Hewitt wrote:My guess is this might be newly found games / tournaments but I don't know for sure.
Total of "graded games" on the v1 list 199451 and on v2 199718 - so the change is about 1 tournament or league's worth.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF/BCF trustees
Replies: 32
Views: 2637

Re: ECF/BCF trustees

It makes little sense for the Board to see the accounts of Chess Centre Ltd with any great regularly as for most practical purposes it is a dormant company. Current creditors 5,382 (5,063) Deferred creditors 6,702 (6,744) Odd though that the creditors amount is so large relative to the size of the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 9817

Re: In search of a President

Never been clear to me who/what actually has all the votes so can someone clarify? How many votes do members of this forum have a say over can we have a rough estimate on that one as well please? This has come up before. Here's a statement from April last year The makup of council was summarised by...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why we should vote for Nigel Short
Replies: 25
Views: 3497

Re: Why we should vote for Nigel Short

the board discussed FIDE matters perhaps once or twice, for no more than a few minutes – the post is a long, long way from being vital to ECF performance. Given the damage that ill-considered rule changes by FIDE could do to British or English chess, I for one would hope that the ECF board paid F...