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by Robert Dale
Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1651

Re: Tie Break Rules

Hi Robert, Without having a rule book in front of me I would say his score should carry forward otherwise he would be penalised for being honest and announcing he would be absent from the last round as opposed to allowing himself to be included in the draw and defaulting which is less satisfactory ...
by Robert Dale
Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1651

Tie Break Rules

Not sure if I'm in the right place for this (still new to the forum), but can someone help me with a technical point? I have just arrived home, utterly exhausted, from running an U18 tournament in Lincoln (a 5 round rapidplay Swiss) It went well, until the last minute, when announcing the prizes. We...
by Robert Dale
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: New Directors of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 7803

Re: New Directors of Women's Chess

Robert, The World Universities Championships was a fantastic event. It was great that Hannah, Sarah, Peter and Vedantha could play. They were able to participate because Alex Holowczak put in a huge amount of work to make it happen. It is also absolutely appropriate that the ECF should financially ...
by Robert Dale
Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: New Directors of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 7803

Re: New Directors of Women's Chess

I thought it was a nice way of getting 2 women representing our country in such an event and encouraging them to study the game more by annotating their own games and giving us a report - helps encourage other women to aspire to represent their country and also got them studying the game. I say nic...
by Robert Dale
Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Home Chess 2009-2010 and the future
Replies: 76
Views: 9214

Re: Home Chess 2009-2010 and the future

BUCA We provided modest financial support for players to compete in the World Universities Team Championships in Switzerland. Is it possible to have a figure for this, or will that have to wait for the accounts? At the moment, £0. The players had to do fulfil certain tasks for their funding (I thi...
by Robert Dale
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: On-line Leagues for Schools?
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: On-line Leagues for Schools?

About 10 years ago, Kasparovchess ran a World Schools Championship online, using ICC. I organised matches at Winston Churchill School, Woking, and Knaphill Junior School, and later at Lincoln Minster School. We were crushed by some Israeli teams, but had some very enjoyable and evenly matched games ...
by Robert Dale
Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Junior County Finals, Telford, 25th Sep
Replies: 31
Views: 2505

Re: Junior County Finals, Telford, 25th Sep

Any sign of a team from Lincolnshire? Hope today's tournament went well. No Lincolnshire U18 team, I'm afraid. I organise occasional U18 tournaments, and have in the past got a team together for ECF U18 championships, but last year even that proved impossible, because there were not enough players ...
by Robert Dale
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4680

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

For what it is worth, the Iranian women's team beat England 3-1 in the Blitz at the World Mindsports Games last year. Only Jovanka managed a win against them. There are certainly some Saudi players online, but I don't know whether there are chess clubs in Riyadh, or how the game is viewed there. I t...
by Robert Dale
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4680

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Something similar was reported in Iraq a few years ago. I discovered it is possible to email the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, so I asked him "Why is chess haram (forbidden)?" and actually received a reply: "If chess is forbidden, it is because chess is a means of lahv (debauchery) and gambling. Many tra...
by Robert Dale
Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33069

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Let's hope ECF have lots of volunteers to sort out all the calculations - or a very powerful and foolproof computer programme. Is there not someone on the grading team who can give us an authoritative answer how it will work - and maybe even give us a miniature example, to prove that it works? Havin...
by Robert Dale
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33069

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Thanks Roger and Matthew.

So effectively, they calculate the grade in two stages - adults first, then juniors.
I will carry on grading and see what happens.
It only takes one blunder from Sam to catapult some fortunate junior into the grading stratosphere!
by Robert Dale
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33069

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

I am increasingly confused by all this! Here in Lincolnshire I run 3-4 U18 tournaments each year, 5 round Swiss rapidplay, with some training at lunchtime. We have about 20 juniors competing regularly, and we dutifully pay our game fees to have them graded. For most of these players, these are their...
by Robert Dale
Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33069

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

I am new to this forum, but thought I would add my voice to the multitudes. I have a double interest in the grades - my daughter Hannah, who is 18, and the Lincolnshire Juniors, for whom I run occasional U18 tournaments. Hannah's new grade is 148. She played in the Open Major at Torquay, and her gra...