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by Alan Walton
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 77
Views: 7436

Re: County Championship Finals

If the Dual Eligibility rules still is in place (despite some beliefs that this expired many years ago, there must be some document hanging around stating this) then the ECF should look at removing it ASAP, I give the following reasons why 1) Greater Manchester exists as a county under British law (...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5441

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

The ECF should have come up with a recommended short list of 10 players using some type of criteria 1) International Team tournament performance (Olympiad & European) 2) High-Level tournament performance (Elite events like Gibraltar, IOM, Wijk and others where high volume of 2600s play) 3) Title and...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 7842

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

with a dig at FIDE shenanigans in passing. That's a bit unfair. He doesn't mention that one of the ten wild cards is an ACP perk. Four go to the organisers, which I don't think is unreasonable when they are putting on a very expensive event. That leaves five for the FIDE President. One goes to Hou ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 7842

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

The ACP refuse to accept that there is no ideal tie-break system. I don't like Buchholz much, but TPR has many issues, one being that there is no fully satisfactory way to calculate it. A few Congresses ago they insisted that it was QC's job to devise a universally applicable TPR formula. I promise...
by Alan Walton
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 3691

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Here is the result from yesterday Yorkshire v Surrey Open match

http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/ViewCup ... ot=1&Org=4
by Alan Walton
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 7842

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

Back to the young ones, this 12 (or maybe 11) year old is doing quite well

http://chess-results.com/tnr280959.aspx ... 21&snr=363
by Alan Walton
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 7842

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

Speaking of unknowns, Moroni was a name I hadn't come across before Performance rating is 2929 after 3 rounds, so a good start towards a GM norm Year of birth 2000 Rd. Bo. SNo Name Rtg Pts. Res. K rtg+/- 1 15 15 GM Mamedov Rauf 2689 2,0 w ½ 10 3,00 2 87 25 GM Smirin Ilia 2676 1,5 s 1 10 7,90 3 63 8...
by Alan Walton
Mon May 22, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 3691

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Kevin Thurlow wrote:"I do remember that Greater Manchester beat Lancashire back in the mid-2000s"

I'm guessing that wasn't entirely greeted with equanimity?
Who cares we absolutely battered them
by Alan Walton
Mon May 22, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 3691

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Jonathan Rogers wrote:In other words, more spread out than usual, and the possibility of an all-Northern Open Final for the first time since (? ever?!)
I do remember that Greater Manchester beat Lancashire back in the mid-2000s
by Alan Walton
Sun May 21, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: VI International Open Llucmajor
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: VI International Open Llucmajor

(barring a white win on board 3) Looks like Cuenca Jimenez is giving it his best shot. By the way, is that 8.30pm start time really correct? I know it says that on the website, but still seems very odd. From what I remember the majority of players on Majorca are amateur players, so having 8:30pm st...
by Alan Walton
Fri May 19, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 3043

Re: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017

Another point to make is that only 9 entrants were from non-European countries (3%), so it not a very representative world event; I suspect having the event in Kos every year doesn't make it really attractive to the rest of the world, to make it more representative perhaps moving it around the world...
by Alan Walton
Fri May 19, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 3043

Re: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017

Just to be clear, winners of this aren't official world champions I entered this back in 2013, and only realised after paying for everything that the tournament is unrated, this is because of the argument they had with FIDE around them calling it the World Amateur Chess Championships, FIDE have the ...
by Alan Walton
Mon May 15, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 225
Views: 8041

Re: General Election 2017

Matthew Wilson is standing in Honiton & Tiverton for the Lib Dems
by Alan Walton
Mon May 15, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League fixtures meeting
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: League fixtures meeting

I would say that since the Manchester League is the central league for the area, with teams then participating in their different "local" leagues; then Manchester League fixtures should be decided centrally first; thereafter each of the other leagues can organize around these dates through the discu...
by Alan Walton
Thu May 11, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Sigeman & Co 10-14 May
Replies: 52
Views: 2987

Re: 2017 Sigeman & Co 10-14 May

Bishop pair v Knight pair. Unbalanced so no immediate way to drain the position of content and force a draw. Have to agree Roger, I had a position the other week with Knight pair against the Bishop pair; and thought it was more difficult for the Bishops due to the Knights jumping around the holes i...