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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19948

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:25 pm
To make the English team would currently require a player to be well above 2550.
Nick Pert isn't and I don't think Stuart Conquest and Danny Gormally were either when selected in the past. "Reserve" in the sense of being the fifth player.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2597

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Does anyone know if Martin Walker playing for South Korea is a new thing, or has he played for them in the past? I think it's his debut. He was playing in England up to a couple of years ago. Don't forget Yorkshire's PNG FM. http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2018/08/2018-chess-olympiad-png-team.html...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1022

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Tim Harding wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:28 pm
I've played Boris twice (0.5/2) and he has a bit of English; he came to Hastings one recent year, I think.
More than once, according to his ECF grading history

http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?f ... de=268955J
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2597

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Since they are allowed two teams, I believe, the decision about their composition may take them a little longer. If there's an odd number of entries, they are allowed 3. When Kirsan was still in charge as President and Russia were the hosts, there were 5 Russian teams. FIDE have yet to be convinced...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19948

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It would be amazing if one day an England female player was selected for the Open team at the Olympiad or other team events. Ketevan has played in the Scotland Open team, but a standard of 2500 to 2550 would likely be needed to make the England team, even if only in the "reserve" slot. That's only ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19572

Re: British Championship 2018

On the venue issue, perhaps it is time for the ECF to face reality and pay the going rate, else the statement of "we don't do school halls" might come back to haunt us. 2000 was in a school (Millfield) as was 2003 in Edinburgh. 2007 (Great Yarmouth) was in a Technical College, whilst 2006 (Swansea)...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19948

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The reason the separate British Women's Championship at the British Championship was dropped is because there were so few entries. Was it not also because the stronger female players of the time wanted to be able to compete for norms as well as the title? We're talking about the 1980s. A separate c...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2533
Views: 105859

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:33 pm
What does it mean that
b3 was more to the point?
b3 was a better move in the sense of more relevant to the position.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 grades.
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: 2018 grades.

I am sure those responsible will do everything possible to correct the error however it may be good PR to put a notice out on the ECF web site recognising a problem has occurred and it will be rectified. I thought it was standard operating practice by the grading team that the end July grades are r...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11447

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Michael Farthing wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:56 am
The puzzle is "What is the minimum number of votes cast that would yield these figures correct to 1 decimal place?"
You would need 1000 so that's 497 for Nigel etc. If it had been quoted as 49.8 and 35.2, 500 would have suffixed.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11447

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

As for FIDE following the procedures laid down correctly In fairly recent memory, haven't players been excluded from the rating list when their Federation was in financial arrears? Exclusion then is a sanction that the FIDE Presidential Board have been prepared to use and as a member of the continu...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19948

Re: Director of Women's Chess

On the ECF website today: "The ECF has doubled the prize fund available for the 2018 English Women’s Championship, which will be held later this summer – this has increased from £1000 to £2000. I still get the impression it's designed as an elite event rather than one that attempts to attract the e...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11447

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

stating that Dr Siegel has gone 'political'. Isn't he standing for election as part of the "Makro" team? But there does seem to be a new policy, that Federations are allowed to send teams and Delegates to the Olympiad regardless of their state of debt to FIDE. The relative inability of FIDE to acce...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership discounts
Replies: 6
Views: 719

ECF membership discounts

The ECF put through an increase in their membership costs for those who renewed directly by abolishing the rebate for on-line membership. It now transpires that if you renew through a third party, the discount is retained. [edit] from what I recall the discount for "membership organisations" was a c...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: First Saturday Budapest August
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: First Saturday Budapest August

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:42 pm
Like most forms of cheating, this trick has been seen.
I seem to think there was a case in the USA. But perhaps that's the one you mention.