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by Ian Thompson
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No High heels.......have a bath then.....
Replies: 34
Views: 2815

Re: No High heels.......have a bath then.....

If so, why can you choose to use the local default time rule, but still have to adhere to the FIDE don't-wear-squeaky-shoes rule? Because the FIDE rules on default times say the default time is 0 minutes unless the rules of the competition specify otherwise. They do not give the arbiter any discret...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship Thread
Replies: 535
Views: 19398

Re: Pairings Query

Will the Championship event be using accelerated or hyper - accelerated pairings for the entire event? :?: Does this explain why most of the key games have already happened? :shock: Will the final week be a series of anti - climax type pairings? :( I guess I am missing something here? :? J. No, I d...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship Thread
Replies: 535
Views: 19398

Re: Pairings Query

No; they stopped after round three, when all the bottom half players were on 2/3 or lower. As were 33 out of the 38 top half players. So what has accelerated pairings achieved? Nothing as far as I can see. You get games with large differences in the ratings of the two players in round 4 instead of ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3252

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

Hi Matt, I contacted Betfair recently regarding their policy on betting on yourself,or betting on events in which you are directly involved. The reply I received suggested,by implication,that it is acceptable to back yourself,but not to lay yourself.I presume this also means that you can lay other ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17389

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Stewart Reuben wrote:Those viewing the games online I am sure are much stronger players than those who view games on TV.
... and they are likely to have access to a chess playing program to tell them how the game might have continued.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ladies v Women
Replies: 90
Views: 7980

Re: Ladies v Women

If Jovanka Houska won the Ladies' title this year, and her name went on the trophy as Mrs. A. Hagesaether, and she complained about the name on the trophy and the title of "Ladies' Champion", I would be more inclined to listen. I imagine that the trophy is an old one that says "Ladies'" on it, not ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3252

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

JustinHorton wrote: Or what we used to call 9/4, correct?
Yes, and 1.02 means that some joker is offering odds of 50/1 on that quite a few named players will win the event! :lol:
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10439

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

Most of my friends, and presumably most children, don't play for senior clubs until they get to 15/16 sort of age. Therefore, the only way they can play 30 games per season is to play 6 tournaments per season. What's stopping you, or someone else, organising your own club or school tournament and s...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10439

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

When I play now I expect to have a good game with anyone upto about 140. Above that I very rarely achieve even a draw. In the Birmingham League most opponents are no more than say 30 points above me. In the much smaller Worcestershire Leagues I often play people in the 140's, 150's or even 160's. B...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10439

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

Richard et al, Let me try to give an explanation why deflation has occured in the last. I believe the problem is the greater use of computing in the process of grading. Imagine a club competition with two new players A and B and two established players graded 40 and 100 A B 40 100 A X 0 1 0.5 B 1 X...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading results check
Replies: 11
Views: 2618

Re: ECF Grading results check

In answer to John's first question, I believe the deadline for submission of results was deferred to 20th June, (it's usually a week earlier). The Surrey grader told me the deadline was end of June and he was hoping to hit that. So whichever (if either) date is right, it is not surprising if all th...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 8887

Re: Big Slick Tournament

I played 25 rated games this season i was told much to my annoyance that my big slick games wont be rated this year and instead I get 5xcurrent grade That's not quite right. As you played less than 30 games last year, you will get 5 games at your average grading performance last season. Last season...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 8887

Re: Big Slick Tournament

Actually, far from being the worst time this is the best time to play juniors! The games will be graded next year, using the grades that will be published in August 2009. Therefore they are least undergraded now. As they improve during the season, the more undergraded they become. If the grading sy...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Holloid Website
Replies: 8
Views: 3972

Re: Holloid Website

There are other things on the Holloid Plastics website that I wasn't aware of: 1. Kapsarov beat Deep Blue in 1997, winning the last 3 games after losing the first two. I always thought he lost the match by 2 games to 1 with 3 draws. 2. Their ultimate aim is to establish an English schools chess comp...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?
Replies: 20
Views: 3339

Re: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?

That is a deeply flawed system. The player's start grade would depend on the average grade of his opponents and be -50 from that, or possibly -40. The calculation of the start grade is given here: http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=470. It must be against extremely weak opponents yet who...