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by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 9467

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

They seem to want it both ways - they want their entry fees but not give them a chance of any prizemoney. That is not good for chess and any player who is under 2051 and wanted to play in the open!! Am I correct in thinking that U-2051s are still eligible for many of the other prizes, so that rathe...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed May 02, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 3842

Re: Yorkshire grading system

I guess my slight worry is that because I find the whole reason/motivation for the original split utterly baffling I can't claim to understand how people might react to us moving over. People :? ? I would have thought most outside Yorkshire would think "thank goodness/deity/expletive for that" ! Or...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2532

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

It's worth pointing out that the position before 7...e5 can also arise via a London move order. In 2016, I played the Black side of a game starting: 1.d4, d5; 2.Bf4, Nf6; 3.e3, c5; 4.c3, cxd4; 5. exd4, Nc6; 6.Bd3, Bg4; 7.Qb3. I have to confess the idea of 7...e5 didn't occur to me at the time! My op...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 1900

Re: Not pressing the clock

On the first occasion, I generally I gesture towards the clock if my opponent fails to press it (does this count as disturbing your opponent?) but don't do anything if it happens again. Although I don't recall failing to press the clock myself I once pressed a digital clock after moving but not hard...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

John Hipshon, Phill Beckett, Noel Stewart and myself, along with many others I could name, have done a lot of work this season to try to get `functioning junior systems` up and running within Yorkshire. Your main contribution, as ever, is posting on forums about what other people ought to be doing....
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Andrew
Replies: 40
Views: 5980

Re: No Andrew

I do find the thought of Peter Svidler discussing Mike Surtees' opening repertoire quite amusing :D
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 8463

Re: Tournament Structures

Eric, The top tournaments have cash prizes (eg London Open) but in general these will only be for players above the bar. Everyone else is playing for a token prize such as trophy, bottle or wine or chocolates. The reward for most players is testing themselves against others of s simlar strength and...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 8463

Re: Tournament Structures

Thanks for the information about Go Alison. I looked quickly at the Britgo site and couldn't see any mention of cash prizes. Do players generally just play for trophies? Also, do players of widely differing standards mix much or do they tend to stick with others of similar ability?
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:32 am
Let’s use this place a little :)
I have been slightly anxiously wondering whether you are going to start posting match reports on here ...

I don't know the answer to your question of course - possibly Alan or Ihor who post on here would be willing to say something?
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 8463

Re: Tournament Structures

I do apologise if my questions were seen as critical of tournament organisers - they were offered as a simple suggestion to eradicate the problem of some sections having far fewer competitors than others. Yes it would mean that (most) players wouldn't know in advance whether they were going to be in...
by Eric Gardiner
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 8463

Re: Tournament Structures

I also hear the comment that Tim Wall refers to about Open players being subsidised by players from other sections from time to time and agree with his response that this isn't a fair comment if the strongest players have been compressed into a small group by the tournament structure. I can also und...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Doncaster 4NCL congress April 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Doncaster 4NCL congress April 2018

As Carl has kindly created this section, I shall use it :) I've received three emails recently drawing my attention to this congress in a fortnight's time although I have already entered. Having played at the venue before, I can state that it is easily accessible to drivers, being very close to the ...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 2057

Re: Yorkshire grading system

Carl, thank you for offering to create a section. Andrew, the phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind :wink: I'd certainly post more often on this forum if there was a specific Yorkshire section. Is there somewhere else that is more appropriate to discuss Yorkshire chess matters,...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 2057

Re: Yorkshire grading system

We seem to have somehow lost the domain registration for Yorkshire chess, so.... Yes, I'd noticed that. If the change is permanent, I wonder if it would be too much too ask for a Yorkshire section on this forum to discuss Yorkshire League matches etc. ? Steve Mann has a website which he updates reg...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grades are out!
Replies: 12
Views: 2122

Re: New Grades are out!

When looking up the top over-50s for all nations, I noticed that Ian Nepomniachtchi (I've copied and pasted that from the list rather than test my memory!) is at the top. I know he's been around for a while but I didn't think he was quite that old ... Has his birth year been recorded incorrectly? Th...