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by Ian Kingston
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 95
Views: 9626

Re: Hastings

Thanks Jack. I'd come to some sort of similar conclusion but wasn't quite sure.
by Ian Kingston
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 95
Views: 9626

Re: Hastings

Can anyone explain (in principle, not necessarily in detail) how the pairings work at Hastings? I know they use some kind of accelerated pairing scheme, and it looks as though high-rated losers are being paired against low-rated winners in some cases, but what are the criteria for these pairings? Ho...
by Ian Kingston
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winders for chess clocks
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: Winders for chess clocks

My local jeweller was able to find some for me two or three years back.
by Ian Kingston
Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robert Wade 1921-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 2055

Re: Robert Wade 1921-2008

Bob made a huge contribution to chess in this country. Player, organiser, arbiter, coach, librarian (a big thing in the pre-database days). Unique.
by Ian Kingston
Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

One other observation: I've just compared the Olympiad reports on the ECF web site with those provided by Chess Scotland (http://www.chessscotland.com/international/olympiad2008.htm), the Welsh Chess Union (http://www.welshchessunion.co.uk/) and the Irish Chess Union (http://www.icu.ie/articles/disp...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

I'm surprised by some of the negative posts. This was a good performance by any objective measure. Three of England's top four gained rating points, one of them while suffering from a heavy cold for part of the time. The final rankings show England in the tie for 12-17th places, with the tie-break p...
by Ian Kingston
Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

One thing I don't understand really is all these claims about "tiredness". Sure, people get tired after playing chess but still... The argument would be that five players playing nine games each (eight for the reserve) will score more points than four players playing eleven games each, even though ...
by Ian Kingston
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Also remember that the reserve on any given day can help the other players with their perparation and with maintaining morale. I don't know anything about the dynamics of this particular team, but the evidence suggests that all five, plus the captain, are working well together.
by Ian Kingston
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

There's an equally bizarre looking result on Board 4 for the women's team - this time in England's favour.
by Ian Kingston
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Ian Kingston asked Does anyone know what the tie breaks are for teams level on match points? The tie break principle is as follows (which I tracked down on the FIDE website by the simple expedient of following a helpful link from the BCM website): Thanks. The relevant page on the FIDE web site is h...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Does anyone know what the tie breaks are for teams level on match points? The official site doesn't appear to have the information, and the FIDE regulations still state 'Each teams [sic] place in the order of classification shall be decided by the number of game points it has scored' (http://www.fid...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Questions without answers
Replies: 67
Views: 17702

Re: Questions without answers

I think that's the first time that chesskids.com has been mentioned in this context, so thanks for that. I still think coaches are needed as well - chesskids might be a little intimidating for a teacher who barely knows the moves. Not because the material is difficult or badly organised - it isn't -...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Questions without answers
Replies: 67
Views: 17702

Re: Questions without answers

I think there's a tendency to focus too much on simply supplying the sets. Supporting materials also need to be provided (these have occasionally been mentioned) and people (especially coaches) need to be available either to work in the schools or to show teachers how to use the teaching materials a...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Agreed!
by Ian Kingston
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Didn't Short want to run this strategy a couple of times twenty years ago? In John Nunn's Best Games , p. 201, Nunn describes such an occurrence at the 1989 World Team Championship. Short and Chandler wanted to take a few chances in order to go for a win against the USSR; other players, including N...