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by Angus French
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 9312

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

My understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that currently a new player could start playing league chess in September and not join the ECF until the following June or July without penalty... The membership year runs 1 September to 31 August with a cut-off date for membership acquisitio...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 14056

Re: World Teams 2019

But shouldn't that be a draw? 128...Rh6+ 129.Nb6+ and now Black informs the arbiter that he intends to play 129...Kb8 which makes 50 moves by each side since the last capture. It should have been, and the arbiters commented on that as they delivered the scoresheets to me. Off topic,but this happene...
by Angus French
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2970
Views: 322604

Re: Media comments on chess

by Angus French
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?

...What will happen to the lower level tournaments for the many chess players outside the world elites? In answer to a question about whether there will still be Challengers and minor sections, Alan Ormsby says (in the comments to the article) " Yes, Major and Minor sections aimed at club players r...
by Angus French
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 4365

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

As reported by chessbase https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-olympic-dream The 600 million claim is back again Well who saw that coming First time by the new administration though? EDIT: I can't find the Press Release on the FIDE website. All I can find is this: https://www.fide.com/component/content...
by Angus French
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 17646

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Can I suggest to the Mods that this topic is combined with this one: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=9988?
by Angus French
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2818

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Have they missed out the Isle of Mann?
by Angus French
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 17646

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The latest ECF newsletter announces a proposed implementation of January 2020. It means that those leagues, most of them, who ignore January grades, can at least complete their season. What caught my eye was the question on the survey that said "Do you agree with the Board's decision to move to mon...
by Angus French
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 3033

Re: ECF Supporter

I think member-only access to the online grading database would be a bad idea for the reasons indicated by Roger and Nick. But also, as a frequent user of the facility, I'd hate to have log-in every time I wanted to check someone's grade or whether they had a Grade Reference.
by Angus French
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 3033

Re: ECF Supporter

The current version of the membership list (dated 26 Jan) has 11,046 members of which 4 are of the category ECF Supporter.
by Angus French
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 72
Views: 11399

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

I discover from today's Times chess column that this book was "edged out" for the "prestigious Book of the Year 2018" award at Chess Club Live. Further investigation reveals there were only four choices and three of them were books on the world championship match (1st Game Changer by Sadler and Reg...
by Angus French
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 1781

Re: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament

Have FIDE yet published the revised contract with Agon which was agreed at some point prior to last year's election and which Nigel Short complained, during the election compaign, of not having had sight of?
by Angus French
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2623

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

With a thirty second increment, players are required to keep score. With a lesser increment they're not. 8.4 If a player has less than five minutes left on his clock at some stage in a period and does not have additional time of 30 seconds or more added with each move, then for the remainder of the ...
by Angus French
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership List
Replies: 14
Views: 1475

Re: ECF Membership List

I wrote to Andrew and he's helpfully provided a link to the (password protected) Organisers' Area of the ECF website from where the membership list is now downloadable.