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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 191
Views: 18251

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: 203

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: 1713

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: 1713

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: 5593

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: 1713

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 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Most graders I know would be quite happy with the second possibility, but are up in arms about the first. If you had a reliable and comprehensive result reporting service, you wouldn't actually need local graders. All the leg work in identifying players and inputting results would be done by match ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

At present there is no specification available. Conspiracy theories were out in force at a recent County AGM. Bullet points ECF want to force everyone to use its LMS ECF want to abolish graders The BCF allegedly wanted to abolish graders twenty to twenty five years ago and arguably they did so up t...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: New TAP
Replies: 1
Views: 389

New TAP

Not about plumbing, but appointments as back room experts at Olympiads. https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11782-fide-has-appointed-a-new-technical-administrative-panel.html Not one, but two contributors to this forum. FIDE has renewed the Olympiad Technical Administrative Pa...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3094

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:45 pm
A 70% score is TPR = Field +149, so you'd need to face an adjusted field of 2151 for a score of 3½/5 to be enough.
Weekend tournament players with ambitions to qualify for the British are going to need some ready reckoners as to what opposition is needed for a given score.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3094

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

I'd have thought you'd need a weaker open because you need 3.5 out of the first 4 games, so you don't want to play any strong players before round 5. Using the "rule of 400" as an approximation, a score of 3.5/5 against 4*2000 and 1*2500 should be enough. I'm guessing the "only four rounds count" r...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3094

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

... or maybe by not such an exceptional performance. 3.5/4 against players with an average rating of 2000 would be enough (TPR 2330); That's much like the old route of scoring 3.5 from 5, being 3.5 against the 180s and a loss to the IM/GM. If you are feeling lucky it's maybe an incentive to enter t...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:07 pm
but I'm wondering if the ECF is in the process of issuing invoices for leagues or if these have already been sent.
That's why the issue has surfaced.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?

John Upham wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:25 am
Is this a change of policy?
This was announced at least a year ago.

The cost is per League played in rather than per player.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3094

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

There were players who took byes which certainly would affect the qualification places in the Major Open for instance. Top 10 in the Major Open and ties goes down to 6/9 including 14 players. https://chess-results.com/tnr458548.aspx?lan=1&art=4&flag=30 Two had byes, one in the first round and one i...