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by Adam Raoof
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Re: London Chess Classic tournaments

Can Adam say if those who play in the associated tournaments will get free entry to watch the main event? I think the plan is to build some kind of 'package' to allow this; for instance those who take part in the FIDE Open will probably have entry to the main event included. We are still working on...
by Adam Raoof
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Collection
Replies: 3
Views: 751

Game Fee Collection

Dear All

Can someone tell me precisely how much game fee is owed every year, and what percentage of that is actually collected by the ECF? Are there persistent non-payers?
by Adam Raoof
Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hendon Chess Club Blitz: Golders Green Rapidplay news
Replies: 0
Views: 520

Hendon Chess Club Blitz: Golders Green Rapidplay news

SEPTEMBER FIRST THURSDAY BLITZ Hendon Chess Club hosts the regular 10-minute Blitz tournament on Thursday 3rd September 2009 . The tournament is 6 rounds and starts at 7.30pm promptly, and all are welcome. Just turn up and enter on the night. It costs £5 to enter. Our website www.hendonchessclub.c...
by Adam Raoof
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Re: London Chess Classic tournaments

"There will be ample space for Open, weekend and speed chess tournaments plus junior training which will run alongside the main event from December 8th-15th inclusive." Anyone got more info on what tournaments will be running alongside and when? I can announce that the website for the event has bee...
by Adam Raoof
Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: The Inaugural London Chess Centre Blitz, 13th August 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 1057

The Inaugural London Chess Centre Blitz, 13th August 2009

The Inaugural London Chess Centre Blitz, 13th August 2009 at Loose Cannons EC4 A fantastic venue for this inaugural blitz chess event and an international field which included four masters and a grandmaster, as well as many strong county players, and club regulars. Five games of 10 minute chess wer...
by Adam Raoof
Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32407

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

For the next Golders Green it seems redundant to keep sections at Open, Under 160, Under 130 and Under 100. For September only I am considering doing what the Berks and Bucks Congress do, which is simply to take all the entries and put them in grading order, then divide into quartiles, and draw the ...
by Adam Raoof
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32407

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Please can we scrap the outdated and unreliable ECF grading system completely and move towards FIDE ratings for all players, regardless of age? Adam, I hope you really meant to suggest that we should move to an Elo based system, something that many others would support. As Roger has clearly pointed...
by Adam Raoof
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32407

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Please can we scrap the outdated and unreliable ECF grading system completely and move towards FIDE ratings for all players, regardless of age? This has worked well in other countries, e.g. Hungary, which has not had an internal rating system for three years. At Golders Green Rapidplay, simply takin...
by Adam Raoof
Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 8533

Re: In search of a President

OK, Ernie - how do I officially nominate CJ?
by Adam Raoof
Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 8533

Re: In search of a President

CJ de Mooi would, to my mind, not be a good candidate for president. His "celebrity status" is rather minor and he would merely confirm in the public's mind the nerdy nature of chess and chess players. I disagree with you, but if you can suggest a realistic (i.e. someone who will actually stand) al...
by Adam Raoof
Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 8533

Re: In search of a President

In all seriousness, CJ de Mooi from BBC's Eggheads has expressed a real interest in standing for ECF President - what would be better? He is a celebrity, a very decent player (about 160+) and takes an active interest in chess in his adopted home of Wales and would probably increase the profile of th...
by Adam Raoof
Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 23rd July 2009: The City of London Rapidplay League
Replies: 0
Views: 512

23rd July 2009: The City of London Rapidplay League

23rd July 2009: The City of London Rapidplay League Normally the period between the end of the chess season and the start of the next is a quiet one, with family summer holidays and the British Championships the only distractions. The idea for a new chess league to take advantage of the growing inte...
by Adam Raoof
Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London tournament announcement
Replies: 385
Views: 19553

Re: London tournament announcement

As above, quoted from the ECF site - still no sign of the actual sponsor of such an excellent event? However, does there need to be? Perhaps they are happy to remain anonymous, and we should respect that. One of the problems with being the sponsor of such an event is that one tends to get a lot of ...
by Adam Raoof
Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London tournament announcement
Replies: 385
Views: 19553

Re: London tournament announcement

Malcolm Pein turned up at the London League's AGM last night to present the sponsor's prize money to the top teams from the Division Five Minor League. A fantastic sponsorship deal with the London Chess Centre! What I think he was saying is that in addition to all the space allocated for the event ...
by Adam Raoof
Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Athenaeum Blitz – Monday 6 July
Replies: 2
Views: 770

Re: Athenaeum Blitz – Monday 6 July

Your correspondent, *Adam Raoof*, took part in the majority of the 1st "Athenaeum Chess Club" http://www.athenaeumchessclub.com/index.html blitz tournament, held on a hot and humid Monday 6th July 2009 in Endell Street London WC2. I say the 'majority', because the tournament was scheduled to be 7pm ...