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by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 115
Views: 15304

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Speaking as someone who doesn't play online, this whole thing confuses me. I think we're all aware of someone [no need to identify him but he's not unfamiliar to members of this forum] whose FIDE ratings - standard, rapid and blitz - are all around the 2250 mark yet advertises himself as having a 3...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 884

World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

First round today. No England team. Only money for the pros? No, teams also from Germany or Switzerland due to safety concerns. Iran has already withdrawn due to concerns about playing Israel. Speaking of which, they have had a remarkably swift 4-0 victory over Iraq. No moves actually played. Will ...
by Brian Towers
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 55
Views: 4559

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

There are a lot of names in yellow on the list considering the 4NCL said "Players registered as ENG, or not registered, must be ECF Gold or Platinum members (including juniors) at the time the registration list is submitted. This rule will be strictly enforced." Out of curiosity how do team captain...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 26
Views: 2729

Re: FIDE Website

If you want to search for a player by name or FIN then use this url. If you find who you are looking for then click on the name in the list in the usual way and you will get the old fashioned profile page.
by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 32
Views: 3676

Re: Development Officer appointment

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Generally I am very pleased that the ECF have managed to get funding from the chess trust for a Development Officer
I think there is your answer.
He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Oh no! It looks like I've caught the aphorism bug from Carl!
by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 35
Views: 2277

Don't Understand Grading Calculation

Last season we had a foreign student join our club with a FIDE rating that equated to about 115. Playing quick games against him we decided that he was probably a bit stronger than that and placed him in our teams based on our estimates. At the end of the season his results were 8 wins against oppon...
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6926

Re: Council Papers are out

The Board's Report to the AGM says: Appointed a new Development Officer to work with the Board to grow chess at all levels across the country... Does anyone know anything about this, such as who has been appointed and when the appointment was made? There was talk a year or so ago of Tim Wall gettin...
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 124
Views: 10289

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

Michael Farthing wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:42 am
It's one reason I don't like ny DoB being paraded about - I might get associated with them.
Presumably you keep a very ugly picture in your attic to foil attempts at guessing.
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18776

Re: Arbitration question

I am asking for the Fide ruling Others may be better informed, but I do not believe this is specifically a breach of any FIDE regulation. There are several reasons why you might not wish arbiters to use their phones while working. Which do you have in mind? There is a FIDE regulation, 12.8 Unless a...
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3246
Views: 356031

Re: Media comments on chess

Titania McGrath on Twitter:
Thank you @Hasbro for MS MONOPOLY. Woman need this kind of head start in order to help them to feel empowered.

Now we just need MS CHESS, where the Queen lounges about at the back of the board while the King runs around doing all the hard work for a change.
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2715

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

John McKenna wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:04 am
Reminds me of -
Even if parallel lines do meet and I see it myself, I shall see it and say that they’ve met, but still I won’t accept it.
(The Brothers Karamazov)
Depends on the geometry.
Parallel lines on a sphere do meet. Twice.
by Brian Towers
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 4856

Re: Handshakes

If either player has been coughing or sneezing into their hand throughout the game I think not shaking hands is reasonable.
by Brian Towers
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 2244

Re: Preferences for a weekender

Paul McKeown wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:52 pm
I would be obliged if players could give me their preferences for a proposed new weekender tournament.
This is meaningless without time controls. Rating restrictions might also be relevant.
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 10
Views: 2702

Re: Northumbria Masters

Yes amazing performance by Armaan Gogia Were it not for taking a half point bye in the first round he would be on track for an IM norm. I think it might still be theoretically possible but would involve exceeding the norm requiremen...
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2685

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

How about using the format of that Excel file as one of the acceptable tournament report formats? I thought Swiss Manager had already been customised to produce an ECF compatible grading file output. That presumes the organiser had been bothered enough to ensure the ECF grading codes were present. ...