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by Adam Raoof
Wed May 27, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 3400

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

It has always been a tradition in the UK to hold large chess tournaments on Bank Holidays, for instance. The clash was never a problem in the past. Today, I would guess that more people play chess than ever. I know several kids who learned chess thinking it was a computer game, as it came pre-instal...
by Adam Raoof
Wed May 27, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 3400

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

There can never be too many tournaments! As long as the dates are arranged well in advance and with due consideration (avoiding clashes with other local events), then let's have more, and more variety. When I first started playing tournament chess the London scene was packed; an event every weekend ...
by Adam Raoof
Tue May 26, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Golders Green Rapidplay, Saturday 13th June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 551

Golders Green Rapidplay, Saturday 13th June 2009

This month's event had 101 entries! The crosstable is on our website now. Thanks to Howard Grist for doing all our grading work! On Saturday the 13th June 2009 we host another of our monthly rapidplays (half an hour per player for the game) at Golders Green. We have set dates for the whole of 2009, ...
by Adam Raoof
Tue May 26, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2499

Re: British Championship 2009

It is sad to see that Manuel Weeks has resigned from his post 'for personal reasons'. Is there any further information about why he resigned beyond this?
by Adam Raoof
Thu May 14, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 14862

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

Sorry Stewart, I didn't express myself well. Adam can, or could, make the proposal for a sweeping change to the British Open Championship, but he has never hitherto done so, at last as far as I know. What on earth makes him think having a few random Russian-speaking GMs in the event would increase p...
by Adam Raoof
Thu May 14, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 14862

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

It is most unlikely that a sponsor would be in favour of a random Indian winning the British Championship. It might be different if Anand entered of course! People are muddling what they think would be an attractive event and what would give sponsors publicity. By the way, you probably have not tho...
by Adam Raoof
Wed May 13, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 14862

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

I too liked the participation of Commonwealth players. But the situation could not continue because the event was being overwhelmed by strong Indian players. This was also true of the junior championships. The British Chess Championships should be a flagship event. It should be as strong as it can ...
by Adam Raoof
Tue May 12, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: City of London Summer Rapidplay League
Replies: 1
Views: 603

City of London Summer Rapidplay League

City of London Summer Rapidplay League: Clubs are invited to enter a team in the City Summer Rapidplay League, which will run from June to August at Golden Lane, Barbican. The format will be 4- or 5-board teams playing a round robin over around 10 weeks (the number of boards will depend upon the num...
by Adam Raoof
Mon May 11, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Retaining Tournament Grading Limits
Replies: 5
Views: 1220

Re: Retaining Tournament Grading Limits

My gut reaction is that the Major section seems quite small at the moment, so increasing the grade limit there might be positive. Thanks for your comments, Matt! I agree with you; the Major is the section where the greatest change to the number of entrants can be made. But the Open is also a modest...
by Adam Raoof
Mon May 11, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Retaining Tournament Grading Limits
Replies: 5
Views: 1220

Retaining Tournament Grading Limits

I am considering what to do about the sections at Golders Green, currently Open, U160, U130 and U100. Players have suggested that I raise the three lower sections by 15 points, but I am open to other suggestions. Is there an argument for NOT revising tournament rating limits? It occurred to me that ...
by Adam Raoof
Thu May 07, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hendon Blitz - Thurs 7th May / Golders Green Rapidplay
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Re: Hendon Blitz - Thurs 7th May

This event is open to all players, regardless of whether they belong to Hendon Chess Club. Nevertheless, Hendon is always looking for players to boost its membership! We have two teams in the Middlesex League, regular events including a club championship (about to kick off next week, not too late to...
by Adam Raoof
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Golders Green Rapidplay, Saturday 9th May
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Golders Green Rapidplay, Saturday 9th May

This month's event had a RECORD 114 entries! The crosstable will be going up on our website soon. Thanks to Howard Grist for doing all our grading work! On Saturday the 9th May 2009 we host another of our monthly rapidplays (half an hour per player for the game) at Golders Green. We have set dates ...
by Adam Raoof
Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Software
Replies: 4
Views: 1129

Tournament Software

Andrew: SwissPerfect is now called 'League Watch', and I can highly recommend it as a flexible, intuitive and very stable program. I have used it to run international swiss tournaments, and weekend tournaments. There is a free trial, but registration is quite cheap ;-)
by Adam Raoof
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Petulance
Replies: 16
Views: 5647

Re: Petulance

QED. You are supposed to celebrate the win after the match.
by Adam Raoof
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Petulance
Replies: 16
Views: 5647

Re: Petulance

Yes, we will have words with players who insist on playing blitz during matches - it is unacceptable, and I apologise. However it is not fair to compare a small chess club to the 4NCL, which usually takes place in a purpose built conference facility or a hotel with appropriate staffing and signage. ...