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by Angus French
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11121

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

at least I am experienced enough to whif when something isn't right. Keith, Well, yes, but on this occasion you "whiffed" the wrong thing. Your opponent was presumably playing aggressive moves quickly and confidently, so you assume that he was cheating. You ignore the possibility that he had seen t...
by Angus French
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11121

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Rausis was caught cheating by Laurent Freyd at a tournament in Strasbourg yesterday. It involved a phone in a toilet. There has been triumphant posting on Facebook about the result by Emil Sutovsky and Yuri Garrett. It seems as though Rausis had been on the radar for this for a while, without ever ...
by Angus French
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Comment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2022

Re: No Comment?

The mediocre conditions for commentary in Bournemouth and Llandudno would certainly suggest it was all too much trouble for the organisers. I thought the decision had been taken to provide commentary from outside. From the ECF budget for 2017/18: " It is proposed to provide an online commentary ser...
by Angus French
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb
Replies: 46
Views: 2633

Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Live coverage (from the official site).
by Angus French
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1386

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

Interesting Wikipedia page. It often strikes me that the rules for Swiss pairings - or at least the ones in use in ECF-graded events - are significantly complex and I wonder if there couldn't be simpler, more elegant, designs which are easier to understand and code/operate? Has anyone written a the...
by Angus French
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1386

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

Interesting Wikipedia page. It often strikes me that the rules for Swiss pairings - or at least the ones in use in ECF-graded events - are significantly complex and I wonder if there couldn't be simpler, more elegant, designs which are easier to understand and code/operate? Has anyone written a thes...
by Angus French
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35475

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Yes, it's good to see a stronger Major Open.

FWIW, on checking the bulletin, I see the 1998 Major Open - possibly the first in which I played and also at Torquay - had over 100 players with, I count, 71 rated >= 2000 and 10 of those rated >= 2200.
by Angus French
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 16
Views: 1796

Re: Grade File Checker

Steve, I have a vague recollection the Checker program requires Excel to be installed. If it's not that could be the issue. Anyway, I wondered if you'd tried contacting Howard Grist who wrote the app and whose details, at least in my version, can be found through Help -> About? Or, have you tried co...
by Angus French
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2487

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

It's not the British but a few weeks later, in the same part of the World, the Paignton congress offers week-long tournaments for less. More information here.
by Angus French
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4087

Re: Falkland Islands

I see the ECF is claiming jurisdiction over the remnants of the British Empire, although I can't remember them organising anything on the Falklands/Malvinas - is there even an ECF graded player on the islands? Perhaps we can send Nigel to give a simul, or would that provoke another war? Quite. You ...
by Angus French
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4087

Re: Falkland Islands

The English Chess Federation administers chess activity in British Overseas Territories who are not members of FIDE in their own right. Is this accepted fact and what does the administration currently comprise? 3. The Company's objects are: ... 3.8. To provide assistance in relation to chess to Bri...
by Angus French
Tue May 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12125

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

As I have said the board does need to be held to account. At the same time they cannot be expected to divulge every detail, particularly confidential payments to players. No one’s asking for the Board to divulge confidential payments to players. What was requested were expenditure figures for the O...
by Angus French
Tue May 14, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12125

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

My comments on Roger Emerson's report to Gold members can be found here.
by Angus French
Fri May 03, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12125

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

I would rather Justin had quoted the full sentence, I am making an effort to be less confrontational that I might otherwise. But anyway, I think I can guess the part of Roger's report Angus will take issue with, and would consider it selective reporting rather than factual inaccuracy. But I might b...
by Angus French
Fri May 03, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12125

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

angus -Roger Emerson’s report to Gold members which is grossly misleading. I disagree with you on this matter. it was joint up, well thought out asked for comments before on voting intentions. so what more could I want. it seems there is too much I in team ECF - we volunteer in all sorts of ways fo...