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by Alan Walton
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7329

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Another route open to Surrey would be to ask one of the three non Open competing Unions (Midlands, East and West) to nominate them for the Open competition. They might have to affiliate and go through a few constitutional hoops but there is no ultimate barrier. Again it is unlikely but perfectly le...
by Alan Walton
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 4897

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

I can wholly understand the refusal of the opposition not wanting to play on these makeshift boards, I would definitely be against them I would expect the rules to state reasonable equipment has to be provided (and makeshift boards don't seem to be covered under reasonable), as Roger stated a delay ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 7147

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Astronauts in zero gravity can move their arms. This is getting silly; energy is used to move any part of your body to counteract the effects of gravity, lowering/increased the gravity effect will increase or decrease the energy used Your original point was you have to take the law of gravity into ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 7147

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Well I thought Chris' idea was spot on! Chess, bridge and dominos would be absolutely unchanged on the moon but Mo Farah would have to change technique quite considerably. I suppose, controversially, it makes tiddly-winks and Jenga a sport? What I am saying is was gravity affects everything; moving...
by Alan Walton
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 7147

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Chris Wardle wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:46 am
If you have to take the law of gravity into account, it's a sport.

If you don't, it's a game.
OK I'll bite; everything anybody does takes the law of gravity in account, but in your analogy that means Mo Farah doesn't compete in a sport because he is only running
by Alan Walton
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8585

Re: Snow Cancellations

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:44 pm
Yes snow mostly gone in Bolton
Who won?
Not sure when I left Yorkshire were one up with 6 to play; look tight though
by Alan Walton
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8585

Re: Snow Cancellations

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:19 pm
Lancs playing Yorks today in the Open

Venue in Greater Manchester of course
I made it to Bury for that match; it was still quite deep in parts, but nothing in Bury; 3Cs cancelled a match on Wednesday because of snow; it was nearly a foot deep so a wise decision
by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5539

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I withdraw from a RP because my depression, and gave them at least a week notice. I was checked my back account last night and saw that my cheque that I wrote, can been paid out. don't know what to say to the organisers, or how do I get the part or all of the fees back I presume you have read this ...
by Alan Walton
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5539

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

Sometimes you have to have a good laugh at threads on here, some people have to think about what happens in the real world and accept that entry to chess tournaments are no different to buying any other type of commodity or service where normally there are £ implications of cancellation But I kind o...
by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 16666

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

So, maybe 3Cs should play both Shrops 1 and Brad A at weekend 4 Which I did in my permutation; I think it is best for all the top teams to play each other if possible so no team can be construde to have an advantage, which my scenario does; the only pairing which cannot happen is 3Cs v Cheddleton i...
by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 16666

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

Given a promotion slot is currently 12/12, there are only 2 teams on 10 within 2 points (and 2 on 8 and 2 on 7 anywhere close), so Alan's suggestion has merit I think it is pretty much set in stone that the teams currently on 6 match points have pretty much no chance of promotion These team can the...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 16666

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

Looking it at this in more detail you can get the following pairings for Round 7-10 (rounds are interchangeable) Rd 7 : WS 2 v Gonzaga; 3Cs 2 v Brad A; Shrop 1 v Ched 2; SoA B v Jorvik Rd 8 : Gonzaga v Jorvik; 3Cs 2 v Shrop 1; Brad A v SoA B; WS 2 v Ched 2 Rd 9 : Gonzaga v Brad A; 3Cs 2 v WS 2; Shro...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 16666

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

I understood that we were now, thankfully, starting with Swiss pairings for the rest of the tournament. Consequently Gonzaga should play 3C's 2 next round and Shropshire 1 & Bradford A should play Atticus & Cheddleton. The idea of the pairing system was to keep the top teams apart for the first few...
by Alan Walton
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 57
Views: 5383

Re: Northumbria Masters

On paper it looks reasonable because of the accleration being employed I personally don't understand this fixation in English/British events of using acceleration all the time; this tournament seemed strong enough not to have it (less than a quarter of the field are below the 2050 threshold for IM n...
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 16666

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

I sympathise with team logistics; but why should a team enter a competition which main aim is to gain promotion; if they have no intention of taking promotion then all they are doing is taking my the place of more willing participants; therefore it seems to me necessary for this intention to be give...