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by Paul Dargan
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Andrew
Replies: 40
Views: 7115

Re: No Andrew

Then Jan needs a brit sitting beside him - it's painful when they know nothing about the players, history, etc...
by Paul Dargan
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 10565

Re: Tournament Structures

There's some heavy-weight research on whether swiss or random pairings are more likely to result in the "strongest" participant winning an event and also on the "top k" players really being the k strongest players - it was from Wharton I think, while since Ilooked at it. You need better than A-level...
by Paul Dargan
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 10565

Re: Tournament Structures

@Chris - while swiss systems are good at finding winners, they are not good at finding other rankings - there is a huge correlation between final position and result in the last round. Your score in a swiss is typically a less good indicator of relative performance than rating performance - but obvi...
by Paul Dargan
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Jersey Polar Capital 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 3294

Re: Jersey Polar Capital 2018

website seems to have been hacked by random online pharmacy ...
by Paul Dargan
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 3728

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

If anyone wants to play in Iran drop me a line. I'm friends with the president of their federation, and he'll sort any visa/accommodation issues. They do seem keen to have foreigners play in events (preumeably to get over the #countries threshold) for norms, etc.

Paul
by Paul Dargan
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times - week ending 24th March
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times - week ending 24th March

It's reminiscent of the "Raetsky's broken toy variation" - see his book "No Passion for Chess Fashion". Nf3 d5; g3 Nc6; d4 Bg4; Bg2 Qd7 - with 0-0-0, f6 and e5 or g5 to follow ... it's quite a fun system to play, if a little hairy. Though no worse than many an old-fashioned Albin.

Paul
by Paul Dargan
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal game
Replies: 3
Views: 1619

Re: Shreyas Royal game

I guess this will be available to readers of Chris W's column at chesspublishing in his update this month!

Paul
by Paul Dargan
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 31235

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

On the worldchess site today ... "While we work on resolving the issue with the moves broadcast, please follow the games live at chessbase.com, chessbomb.com, chess.com, lichess.org or your favorite app. Check back soon for official broadcast." https://worldchess.com/berlin normal service resumed! P...
by Paul Dargan
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 31235

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

@JustinHorton re:Merenzon - he did engage with me via email regarding the broadcasting rights model a few years back - so I don't doubt that he will respond to emails to that address. How many he expects I don't know - but another internet fallover is embarassing...
by Paul Dargan
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Who will win the 2018 candidates?
Replies: 22
Views: 2491

Re: who will win the 2018 candidates?

Just thought I'd plug the Gorm's guide to the runners and riders over on the Ginger GM website: https://www.gingergm.com/blog/candidates-2018-preview Just in case people are loooking for a form guide ... in short he says Karjakin is a stayer, outside punts Ding Liren, Kramnik ... all-in or terrible ...
by Paul Dargan
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Celtic Tigers Newsletter
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

Re: Celtic Tigers Newsletter & recruiting 1700-1900 FIDE for 18/19 season

I appreciate your vote of confidence in NEE chances too!
by Paul Dargan
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactical opportunities
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Tactical opportunities

It looks like a combination of c4, e4 and Bh4 should pick-up an exchange?

Somewhat hard, as the early moves are somewhat anti-positional (giving away d4). There was a debate about how people miss anti-positional tactical moves during the Carlsen-Jones game (...f4 winning the bishop)

Paul
by Paul Dargan
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 57
Views: 6438

Re: Northumbria Masters

Regardless of the comments above - I think we should recognise and appreciate the efforts involved to get a new event off the ground and a have a significant number of titled players turn-up for an event in the North East. Let's hope it's not 20 years until the next one! Well done to Tim and his tea...
by Paul Dargan
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Lost Property Policy
Replies: 12
Views: 2710

Re: Chess Club Lost Property Policy

I have seen people claim against venues in the past when it is clear that the venue had the lost property in their custody and then somehow managed to re-lose it or give it to the wrong person ... so Paul is right to be cautious.
by Paul Dargan
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Lost Property Policy
Replies: 12
Views: 2710

Re: Chess Club Lost Property Policy

Anything prompted the question ... I have an ongoing saga trying to get back a pair of gloves that my home team captain gave ot the away captain - thinking they belonged ot someone from the away team. Student team involved with disappearing email addresses and my time overseas not helping ..

Paul D