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by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Junior age groups
Replies: 20
Views: 3147

Re: British Championships 2012 - Junior age groups

This has been the case for several years. It standardises all events with the FIDE cut off as stated meaning that, if they so wish, junior selectors will see players competing in the appropriate FIDE category. Additionally it means that we have an understandable date for all British children. The S...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012
Replies: 241
Views: 33268

Re: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012

Quick question raised by a player on the YCA forum - can he use his buss pass on the metro?
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CAS case clarification required
Replies: 326
Views: 28043

Re: CAS case clarification required

A few points I'd like to pick up on. I fear the delay could be because a certain person has verbaly promised to underwrite the £6000 costs of the venue at Torquay - and as Adam has already signed a contract there is an £80,000 'damages' clause payable if the event does not take place there. We all...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF loses case
Replies: 207
Views: 19249

Re: ECF loses case

I agree with quite a lot of what Martin Regan says (and it's increasingly clear that in terms of what he wanted to deliver for english chess he was slightly ahead of his time). One thing I do take a slight issue with is his defence of CJ de Mooi and Nigel Short. The former was indeed an excellent pr...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 64
Views: 7685

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

Isn't this discussion about chess morality rather than how to improve congresses? Any player with a real chance of prize money is likely to have a much lower graded opponent in the first round. If byes were forbidden, a draw offer early on by the stronger player would very likely be accepted. The s...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 64
Views: 7685

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

At last weekend's Harrogate Congress I took a half point bye in the first round. I don't like doing this as I like to get my money's worth but I had a late shift on the friday that, try as I might, I could not swap or get rid of. Had the half point bye option not been available I would not have been...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20827

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

I was privy to a dispute between two players today: partly because a final decision is still pending and partly because it's not nice to gossip I won't reveal the location, the players involved (both extremely strong players of excellent character) or the substance of the dispute. The reason I menti...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20827

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

I believe that the laws of chess actually specify the repeated offering of a draw as an example of annoying or distracting the opponent. I personally think it's bad form to offer another draw after having one declined unless a substantial period of time has elapsed. Ultimately if a player wants to p...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20827

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

On a different note I wish there was a way organisers/ arbiters could educate people on the correct way to offer a draw; namely you make a move and offer a draw before pressing your clock. I've lost count of the number of times experienced (and generally pleasant, so I don't like to say anything) pl...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF loses case
Replies: 207
Views: 19249

Re: ECF loses case

I don't think anybody is quite daft enough to enter into a court case they knew they were going to lose. Therefore when certain members of the board pushed for this action they must have thought there was a reasonable chance of success. I've said before that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is a disgrace to the w...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hard Rock Calling
Replies: 0
Views: 686

Hard Rock Calling

Am I only the only person on this forum going? I probably am but I'm curious.
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership FAQs
Replies: 145
Views: 13928

Re: ECF Membership FAQs

I'm not sure whether this belongs in here or the British championships thread but here goes. I may be able to get time off work to play in the weekender at the British. However I'm not an ECF member - I will be once the new system starts in September, but not yet. Can I still join under the old syst...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20827

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

There are, of course, instances of people actually resigning in WON positions. Anybody here ever witnessed one?? My brother famously (by local club standards) did just this as a teenager. In the critical game of the Harrogate club minor tournament (I think 98-99 was the year) he absolutely blew awa...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ideas to Improve Chess overall in this country.
Replies: 180
Views: 10865

Re: Ideas to Improve Chess overall in this country.

Just picking up on the point about inactive players returning to congresses in a lower section and winning. Virtually every congress entry form I've seen states that ungraded players must enter the open unless they can provide evidence of recent playing strength. Surely the most reliable evidence m...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ideas to Improve Chess overall in this country.
Replies: 180
Views: 10865

Re: Ideas to Improve Chess overall in this country.

Just picking up on the point about inactive players returning to congresses in a lower section and winning. Virtually every congress entry form I've seen states that ungraded players must enter the open unless they can provide evidence of recent playing strength. Surely the most reliable evidence mu...