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by Angus French
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13371

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

... Angus suggests that my anger that my impression is being disrespected is unwarranted... No, I thought what you said about Nick was unwarranted. I also wasn't keen on Harold Shipman being invoked. In general, if someone is going to accuse someone else of cheating then I think some proof is neede...
by Angus French
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13371

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

... Angus suggests that my anger that my impression is being disrespected is unwarranted... No, I thought what you said about Nick was unwarranted. I also wasn't keen on Harold Shipman being invoked. In general, if someone is going to accuse someone else of cheating then I think some proof is neede...
by Angus French
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kirsan Sanctioned by US Treasury Department
Replies: 71
Views: 8741

Re: Kirsan Sanctioned by US Treasury Department

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's twitter account today reports his visit to the US Embassy in (I assume) Moscow - to see an art exhibition. Also: here.
by Angus French
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 55
Views: 3752

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

It doesn't say so in as many words, but I think this is FIDE's response. https://www.fide.com/images/stories/NEWS_2019/FIDE_News/2PB/NON-ATTENDANCE.Non-attendance_resolution_final_S.pdf You interpret it as being about players who persistently default by failing to attend, but it's probably about Ir...
by Angus French
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13371

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: 13371

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: 2238

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: 3024

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: 1617

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: 1617

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: 548
Views: 38491

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: 17
Views: 2096

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: 2672

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: 4439

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: 4439

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...