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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92111

Re: Cheating in chess

Suspicions regarding the achievements of Mr. Ihor Kobylianskyi (FIDE ID 14106329) and Mr. Iuri Shkuro (FIDE ID 14108836) at recent rapid and blitz chess tournaments have been reported to the Presidential Board. This seems to be about exploiting the 400 point rule in FIIDE rating to gain loads of po...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: 43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February 2020

On-line entries have closed at a head count of 182. That's near capacity.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 2778

Re: January Grades are out

There is a problem for some players that we have now identified. I'm not sure how widespread it is and therefore how much work is involved in fixing it, I seem to be affected as well. Excluding the first 4 games of the 2019-2020 Hastings Masters, I played 125 in 2019 according to my personal databa...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

You need 9 games for an official rating, It was reduced to 5 games in 2017 https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/B022017 from which 7.14b If based on results obtained under 6.4, a minimum of 5 games played against rated opponents. You need 30 games for the FM and CM titles https://handbook.fide.com/cha...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

I don’t think the junior system has the 40 points idea. I stand to be corrected I think you are correct. The same performance every year would result in the same grade because the calculation is repeated with a clean sheet as if a new player. The ECF's monthly rating system, being Elo theory based ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

It should have led to his true playing strength being properly assessed months ago such that he was either celebrated or banned. If you look back at the history of this thread, no doubts were raised until the performance at the Olympia Blitz in early December. Indeed the limited comments were about...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

especially having read some the comments on Tim's blog. The mystery is as to how someone who can get results of a standard of ECF 229 in Dorset events, can play so badly at a Blitz in London so as to not even meet the minimum threshold of 1000 for a FIDE Blitz rating. Part of the art of being able ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Minutes
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Board Minutes

Does anyone know when we would expect to see the December ECF Board minutes published based on past experience? I believe they try to follow a rule which agrees the redacted minutes of the previous Board meeting at the current meeting and then publishes them. That can lead to a delay of months in p...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 200
Views: 20518

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Falling into the Nxf5 trick at move 37 is presumably best avoided. Not Rd8-g8 but something that moves the Rook from b6 instead. Rb6-b8 would allow Nc6 but you do have Rd8xd1.

by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

John Moore wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:53 pm
Declan has yet to play a FIDE rated game.
You can now find a record of him on the FIDE rating site for his null points in the rated Olympia Blitz in December.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

Leonard Barden wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:17 am
That registration was already present before the last series of 4NCL matches, including the yellow highlighting which signifies an ECF membership query (although the Dorset players list has him as a silver member).
The 4NCL rules as required by the ECF demand that ENG players be Gold members.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11680

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Although how would a venue's limited capacity be catered for - first come first served? The only venue in recent years where space was a consideration was Aberystwyth. Arguably that was over crowded given that the demo board area for spectators was provided. The Major Open didn't attract many entri...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22931

Re: World Youth Championships

Tim Spanton's blog continues to attract comments.

https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2019/10/blitzed.html

I thought the Telford case in 2018 established that FIDE aren't interested in what goes on in English domestic events, regarding that as the responsibility of the ECF.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11680

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

. Nobody who qualified via the Grand Prix took their place up. T I assume the qualifiers were notified, there was no publicity anywhere else. In any event a qualification period running 1st July to 30th June doesn't make sense for an event starting in mid to end July. It wouldn't have helped either...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11680

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

It's even a lot easier than the old route (before the clampdown on 'easy' qualification when Alex was Home Director) which was a 2400 performance I think. The old rule used to be that you were the highest placed player or joint highest placed player amongst those not already qualified. This rule st...