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by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's In-Tournament Training
Replies: 319
Views: 25433

Re: Women's In-Tournament Training

Ok, so... here I go with my humble opinion The positive side: Sabz & Jovi offering coaching is an excellent initiative. Hopefully as mentioned above it will be offered to males who’d also like a little guidance although this could muddy the idea of it being a women’s initiative. I guess Woman’...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: How much does a game cost?
Replies: 34
Views: 3810

Re: How much does a game cost?

The added bonus of my system would be that those who just want to play a congress but dont want to pay the £10 can do so with the permission of the congress organiser, they just won’t have their games graded. If you did this you would rapidly spot the sharks (no pun intended) remaining ungraded ...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: How much does a game cost?
Replies: 34
Views: 3810

Re: How much does a game cost?

The added bonus of my system would be that those who just want to play a congress but dont want to pay the £10 can do so with the permission of the congress organiser, they just won’t have their games graded. And a big one that's close to the Sambuca heart right now, ECF membership for those who ...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Funding - An Attempt to Take Stock
Replies: 149
Views: 7958

Re: ECF Funding - An Attempt to Take Stock

As I'm aware many of you won't have read my thread, what do you think of the following proposal? OK then, the strict answer is that grading itself does not cost a penny. The ECF raises money by a tax on chess (a chess prevention tax, as Sean Hewitt would call it), linking it to grading and rating. I...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: How much does a game cost?
Replies: 34
Views: 3810

Re: How much does a game cost?

OK then, the strict answer is that grading itself does not cost a penny. The ECF raises money by a tax on chess (a chess prevention tax, as Sean Hewitt would call it), linking it to grading and rating. It is an indirect tax, in that most people do not realise they are paying it. Nevertheless, I acc...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: How much does a game cost?
Replies: 34
Views: 3810

How much does a game cost?

There is a lot of talk about game fees on the forum at the moment. 70p per game - £1.20 a game etc. I was wondering, how much does it actually cost the ECF to grade a game, and how much is profit? In Wales, the games are rated by the rating officer for each league. Any games played in congresses/in...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments

There are maybe less than a handful of people in Wales who are members of their club but choose not to be members of the Welsh Chess Union. Presumably then, any games people play against them in leagues would be ungraded. Actually that's obvious because you use an Elo style system in which games ag...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments

If you’re a member of a welsh club or have direct membership you’ll be graded. If not – you wont. An interesting observation. Does that mean that if you (as a direct member or club member) play in a tournament someone who is English, that the game is treated as ungraded for Welsh rating? In o...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: ECF Membership and foreign tournaments

I'm a member of the WCU. I've never been asked to prove this, neither in England nor anywhere else. I don't think I've ever actually been told what my membership number even is?! When I fill in an entry form for an English congress, I see the 'ECF membership number:' as a voucher code to get £2 off...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32136

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Roger de Coverly wrote:
LozCooper wrote: As well as the various e2e4 international events, Coulsdon, Big Slick etc
IM norms yes, I'm not sure there's quite the field strength in these to make GM possible. Yang-Fan's 9/9 was only IM.
I believe Haslinger achieved his final GM norm at a Welsh International a few years ago.
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 35th BLACKPOOL CHESS CONFERENCE
Replies: 8
Views: 5443

Re: 35th BLACKPOOL CHESS CONFERENCE

I note GM-elect WIll Taylor has entered the open. Good luck to him!
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 8097

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

I'd say the girl is getting more of the attention as she's the one I asked outright. She's since responded, informing methat she's read this forum so I see little point in me also asking her father for his take on the matter. Gareth, have you got the link with her response? There's no link. She sen...
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 8097

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

I'd say the girl is getting more of the attention as she's the one I asked outright. She's since responded, informing methat she's read this forum so I see little point in me also asking her father for his take on the matter.
by Gareth Harley-Yeo
Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 8097

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

Well I'd agree with the second part of your statement loz, be hard not to be anon without playing under a false name mind :D In over the board chess, there's so much that depends on ranking players in order of strength, that non-disclosure of a player's strength and experience is sharp practice at ...