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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5611

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Good to see Vitiugov is intimated by Richard's preparation in the main lines. 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 a6 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Be6 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Be2 Bd6 * Didn't we discuss the idea of .. Be6 in the Queens Gambit Declined some while ago? But then top GMs find all their best ideas from gam...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5611

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Were there any? http://pairings.fide.com/images/stories/downloads/2018_minutes.pdf "pairing allocated bye" is the topic. More applicable to individual tournaments, but the practice of allocating the round 1 pairing bye to the lowest ranked player can lead to the same individual being selected in re...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5611

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:37 am
Tough start for Richard Bates and his teammates
Whatever the discussions in Batumi about how to handle odd numbers in Swiss systems, they are still giving the bye to the lowest ranked team, in this case one of the Irish teams. Of the British teams, only Wood Green in the top half, just.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Grand Prix 2019

The last I can recall was coverage of the 1995 Kasparov v Anand match on the BBC. That makes sense, because the PCA died after that and Kirsan had abolished the alternative FIDE cycle in favour of a knock out although I think the unwanted Kamsky v Karpov match was a little later. In the Kasparov v ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Grand Prix 2019

When I said "cover it", he said it would be regular coverage. Presumably this means every day. In the UK, the BBC, Thames and Channel 4 have all covered World Championship matches. When was the last TV coverage? I think it was after 1993 but not much beyond that. Intel got some programmes made of t...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Grand Prix 2019

On the precedent of previous years, there would need to be a Grand Prix to give two spots for a Candidates tournament in 2020, followed by a world championship match later in 2020. Has anything been announced? If starting with a clean sheet of paper, perhaps retain the concept of a Grand Prix, but d...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

J T Melsom wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:27 pm
- how much would it cost for their secondary school child to join the club please.

We set it to half the adult rate. Personally I think it should be higher for under 14s if their parents are paying, but that's not shared by everyone.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

so why not just give new players their first season free, The ECF needs the money. I don't suppose anyone pays that much attention to strategic plans or statements but buried in the depths of this one https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/C29.11-Strategy-Statement.pdf is this c...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

What a miserable attitude that is, to the chance for kids to play international.chess. It should be rejected on general principle. I'm asking who should pay and why it should be those required to finance the ECF as a condition of playing graded chess. Those Federations who regularly organise major ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

Not especially, no. We could think of it as a good thing that as a chess community we would like to support, encourage, make easier, see more of. It remains to be seen to what extent the relatively small community of active chess players are prepared to act as a money tree for anything the ECF Dire...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

But much beyond that, the other priorities are largely pursuits that don't necessary benefit the majority of members in a direct way The major items of expenditure are and have been for years, the international teams and the office. In times past, both had financial support, international teams fro...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

All ratings are published but only members can look them up online. It's less stringent than that. I was able to look up that Andrew Muir's published Scottish Elo is 2262 based on 9 games. There are two other Muirs, one with a 1649 rating and the other 1061. What I think members can do is access a ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

There isn't a clock that can do that A bit clunky, but set the initial time period to 118 minutes with no increment and the second period to 2 minutes with 5 second increment. Set the press counter not to do anything. It's going to have to follow the FIDE Laws of Chess presumably, thus giving playe...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2860

Re: ECF increased membership costs

There may be a row building up on this issue. I've had an email from a Congress organiser inviting recipients to contact their representatives to protest, not least about the apparent suddenness of the proposal. It's a popular Congress, so a number of people may have received it.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)

Again, I have the same concerns. I had the impression Tim Wall may have been pencilled in for this job having written the (unpublished) development paper, but with Alex H moving sideways, he's standing for Home Director instead. https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Election-Ad...