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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Pal Benko (1928-2019)
Replies: 16
Views: 1061

Re: Pal Benko (1928-2019)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:01 pm
He reportedly passed away a few days ago, having been one of the last prominent "pre-Fischer" chess figures still living.
How many of the opposition in "60 Memorable Games" are still with us? One at least, the co-winner of the rapidplay at the Torquay British this year.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1695

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

How about using the format of that Excel file as one of the acceptable tournament report formats? I thought Swiss Manager had already been customised to produce an ECF compatible grading file output. That presumes the organiser had been bothered enough to ensure the ECF grading codes were present.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 167
Views: 11751

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

It is, by the way, downright insulting of you to say that we spend a lot of time producing documents ‘designed not to be read in detail’. Why then does the Board not identify proposals likely to be controversial and require specific endorsement for them? Business plans are notorious for being long ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 167
Views: 11751

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

The monthly grading proposal was included in the Strategy and Business Plan submitted to and approved by Council at both the 2017 and the 2018 AGMs. I would consider it sufficiently important that it should have been a motion in its own right, rather than buried in a document designed not to be rea...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 167
Views: 11751

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

But the consultation with results officers came only after the public consultation exercise (with its predictable result) and concerned implementation details, not whether the whole thing is a good idea or not. This is not a good way to go about making a decision and it puts noses out of joint of p...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Rules 2019 - 20
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: 4NCL Rules 2019 - 20

One change that didn't make the "Main Changes (from 2018-19)" list on their website is that games on the Saturday of the last weekend will start at midday. Why? Is that to do with the Bank Holiday move to the Friday? The established time for the middle round of the three on the final weekend has lo...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1695

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

We expect to introduce an event registration system, so we can keep track of what is expected to arrive. Our vision is that organisers can apply through calendar entry and with a few more details than now, registration will happen. What details would these be? Congresses, even one day ones, would w...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73081

Re: Cheating in chess

Like what was he doing and why was he doing it. You can certainly improve your rating by studying openings etc. Even more so if you do it whilst the game is in progress. Pity they didn't ask what the story was about all those sacrifices against Keith several years ago as to whether he made it up ov...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 24
Views: 1559

Re: Game Changer - a review

If against Stockfish, or any other opponent, after 1.e4 e5, AlphaZero's opponent plays 2.f4 then AlphaZero would have to play against the Kings Gambit and either accept or decline it. I don't think any public domain analysis as yet surfaced as an analysis of the King's Gambit using AlphaZero method...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 191
Views: 18145

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Bermuda's Olympiad captain, Nick de Firmian, was an early theorist in these lines and I remember that he preferred 14.h4 to the piece sacrifice. Bronstein, possibly not in the context of sharp Sicilians suggested you should work these things out in the peace and quiet of home study, rather than con...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Merging membership and grading numbers
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: Merging membership and grading numbers

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:35 pm
Also, it is a compulsory membership scheme for graded chess, but that has never bothered me in principle.
Don't forget visiting foreign players.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1695

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

We have settled on publishing an old style grading list for next August; our objective is to have a beta version of the new system working early in the new year bringing it up to a standard to take over thereafter. So there will be an August 2020 publication of traditional three figure grades. That...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1695

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

The ECF recognises that monthly grading will only work if we abolish much workload that graders do at present. We have to develop tools that can facilitate this desire. Something that enables the existing League management systems to easily submit results would therefore seem desirable. A utility t...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5548

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

So - Giri final position 8/1q3pk1/1rp2np1/3p3p/3P3P/2Q1PBP1/2R2PK1/8 w - - 0 34 Arkell - Short final position ( 4NCL 2016) 5rk1/1p2np2/2P3p1/3p3p/3P4/q3PBP1/2Q2P1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 22 Arkell - Kiriakov ( Hastings 1999) after 29 moves: 2r3k1/3qnp2/2p3p1/2Qp3p/3P3P/4PBP1/5P2/R5K1 b - - 0 29 Three almost...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1695

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

For leagues it's all too easy not to do the work to check whether new club player, John Smith, is new to competitive chess or, in fact, John Smith of some other club in some other place. If the work of the local grader is delegated to multiple match captains and club secretaries then I think there ...