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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2062

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:40 pm
I doubt that the IRS is minded to take action against any recipient of largesse from one of their targets.

There's the evidence of the Isle of Man tournament
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12774

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:19 pm
It sounds as though this newsletter contains interesting stuff. Where can it be found?
It is emailed.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12774

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The latest ECF newsletter announces a proposed implementation of January 2020. It means that those leagues, most of them, who ignore January grades, can at least complete their season.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 1743

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

Do we know if ‘dismissal’ is quite the right word here? My informant, who had been present at the Q&A session in Gibraltar phrased it as "Nigel said he'd been sacked". There's a video embedded in the chessbase link below (one and half hours) which may throw some light. https://en.chessbase.com/post...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 1949

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

I am not at all sure how the ECF can charge or claim money from others for junior coaching. It can aim to make a profit out of organising squads to participate in international events, rather than subsidising them by not charging for the expenses incurred by the Office in administering such trips. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 1949

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

Parents pay for Junior selection? The ECF receives no Government support and has limited sponsorship. Membership fees pay for the Office and the international teams, there isn't much left over to subsidise educational trips. In fact there's now quite a number of people being remunerated for junior ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 836

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

I think the organiser has corrected the time control to 75 mins plus 10 seconds increment Makes sense, given the round times. Not a tournament for anyone looking for a more leisurely pace of game. It's even faster than a club match, where we've found that 80 10 usually fits into a three hour evenin...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 836

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Although the half hour gap probably only applies to FIDE-rated events...
I know it's a convention, probably introduced by e2e4 as among the first British organisers to combine increments with two rounds a day. Is it an actual FIDE rule though?
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 836

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

The 1st Brainstormchess weekend congress will take place on 23-24 Feb . Time controls For all sections, each player will be have 75 minutes per game with a 30 second increment per move starting from move 1 That may cause scheduling difficulties, given that the first round is at 10:30, the second at...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 1743

New in Chess - Nigel Short

It appears that the New in Chess magazine has dropped Nigel as a columnist. He doesn't appear in the most recent edition and is reported to have announced his dismissal whilst at the Gibraltar tournament.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1021

Re: In addition to...

That said, I don't have any objection to people offering a draw when they're much worse. Why is that not a legitimate ploy? It can be done as a bluff by much higher rated or stronger players when they think they are worse. If the weaker or lower rated players, do you take the draw and regret the op...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 62
Views: 2572

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

There isn't yet a link from the main 4NCL site, but these appear to be the pairings for round 5. http://www.4nclresults.co.uk/2018-19/4ncl/5/4s/export/ 1 Ashfield 1 - - - Watford 1 42 Crowthorne 1 - - - Warwickshire Select 2 43 West is Best 3 - - - Check Innmates 2 44 Oxford 3 - - - Wessex B 45 Celt...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12774

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

For a set of ratings and results there is more than one set of model probabilities that leave the ratings unchanged. General reasoning suggests that if "on average" players score 50% and also "on average" they play opposition of the same strength as themselves, it's only at the extremities that the...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: What are the safeguards ?

Where may I find "A visible record of all results which contributed to grades on the ECF website" ? www.ecfgrading.org.uk look up a player and click "games" on the top right It tells me you lost a game to a Gary Sharp on 20th October 2018 in the "U140 Ebony". How do I find out which grader submitte...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: What are the safeguards ?

What checks, balances and safeguards in place to mitigate the chances of someone (a Club Secretary for example) submitting results of so-called internal club games that either did not take place or did not take place under ECF match conditions ? Integrity of graders. A visible record of all results...