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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Adam Raoof » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:36 pm

Sean Hewitt begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting wrote:
www.britishchess2010.com/entrants.htm wrote:Entries as at 26th May

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP (18 players)
ADAMS, Michael, 2697g; PERT, Richard G, 2457m; GREET, Andrew N, 2433m; SLAVIN, Alexei, 2368f; LITTLEWOOD, Paul E, 2361m; CONSTANTINOU, Peter, 2302f; RUDD, Jack, 2267m; ADDISON, Brett, 2235; CHAPMAN, Terry PD, 2231; HELBIG, Paul, 2165; GOODGER, Martyn, 2141; JOSSE, Mark, 2096; SENIOR, Gary, 2069; FEGAN, Chris, 2055; MACKLE, Dominic, 2021; VRUBL, Jaroslav, 2019; COMBIE, Alexander, 1983; DINES, Sheila J, 1931;
Is that right? Only 18 entrants, and no GMs apart from Mickey?
This is out of date (see date) and at least Peter Wells to be added to that list.
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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Carl Hibbard » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:39 pm

No Keith Arkell or Mark Hebden at this point - you going?
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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Gareth Harley-Yeo » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:40 pm

There seem to me more GM's coming to Wales than playing in the British! :o

The 7th SOUTH WALES INTERNATIONAL OPEN
10th – 15th July 2010

Titled Entrants so far:

GM K.Arkell ENG
GM P.Wells ENG
GM K.Rusev BUL
GM V.Georgiev MAC
IM J.Rudd ENG
IM P.Marusenko UKR

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by benedgell » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:43 pm

There are a couple more people who have entered who aren't included on that list (I'm assuming Phil has either entered now, or is about to enter, and Alan Pleasants from Weymouth has entered). I'd also be surprised if there weren't a few late entries.

That being said it's only natural that if the British isn't able to offer conditions to titled players then they'll go to other tournaments where they can get them. And as Matthew said above, hopefully the work CJ has put into next year's Championships will attract some sponsors so that its possible to offer conditions.

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Matthew Turner » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:46 pm

Carl,
If that question is for me, then I am going back to the Arctic Circle. That is not based on a financial consideration, but it is probably a better financial option than playing at the British. I would expect Keith Arkell not to play in Canterbury, after all he travelled to the British in Nottingham most days, but didn't play, because there were no conditions. Mark Hebden is a different matter because he would dearly love to win the British and perversely he might see Mickey's participation as an advantage if it scares off a lot of leading players.

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Adam Raoof » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:56 pm

Carl Hibbard wrote:No Keith Arkell or Mark Hebden at this point - you going?
And if the question is for me - I will be going, but only on the Saturday 31st for the ECF meeting. That usually takes all day ;-(

Some GMs were under the impression that there was money available for conditions, and that it had all been spent on Mickey. Now I have categorically assured them that is not the case, I hope they will enter.
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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Phil Makepeace » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:36 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:Phil I'm not 100% sure how available these are but would assume there will be a charge. I know there will be a charge on the control team for a wifi connection.
Thanks for the response -obviously I'll wait for further news on this. If the cluster rooms are available at a lowish price over the fortnight, I'll probably get involved. I'd rather avoid bringing a laptop, it's just something else to worry about. The only other time I played in the main Championship in 2007 I was staying at a friend's house, so this wasn't an issue. Of course, I could just not prepare...
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I'm on 3 and get calls asking me to consider purchasing a dongle roughly once a month. Perhaps I'll actually oblige them this time, though it's likely I'd only ever use it at Canterbury and the 4NCL; all of the libraries, coffee shops and lecture theatres I use for academic stuff tend to have free Wi-Fi.

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Carl Hibbard » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:41 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:I know there will be a charge on the control team for a wifi connection.
A tad naughty to charge for that given the venue in question, if I go I will "encourage" it to work whilst there :)
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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by David Gilbert » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:34 pm

The entry list for Canterbury is a tad slow refreshing. The latest update is still for 26 May 2010 and 208 entries. Surely the postman has delivered a few more entries in the meantime? If this was e2e4 website updates would occur instantaneously. Can things move a bit faster?

I’d be interested to hear from people who know about grading how ungraded players should be assessed for British Championship events. Is it okay for a player who’s latest published ECF grade was 176 in 2006 to enter the U150 Soanes weekender with an estimated grade of 145? And whether a 2007 old money grade of 131 should be eligible to enter the U140 (formerly U-125) graded event with an estimated grade of 131? How does it work? Is their any guidance?

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Post by Alex Holowczak » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:48 pm

David Gilbert wrote: I’d be interested to hear from people who know about grading how ungraded players should be assessed for British Championship events. Is it okay for a player who’s latest published ECF grade was 176 in 2006 to enter the U150 Soanes weekender with an estimated grade of 145? And whether a 2007 old money grade of 131 should be eligible to enter the U140 (formerly U-125) graded event with an estimated grade of 131? How does it work? Is their any guidance?
As someone who has lost that many games this season that he can hope to play in the U150 Soanes weekender - no! :P

Seriously, there is a formula on the ECF website for old/new conversion: new = 0.81 x old + 43 -> http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/newgrades.php

If your old grade was 176, then: 176*0.81 + 43 = 185

So I'd say there was absolutely no way at all you can get into the U150.

Similarly, 131*0.81 + 43 = 149

So again, probably not. More likely to get in with this one though.

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Jon Mahony » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:19 pm

According to the latest ECF newsletter the BBC are making an hour long film about this years championships, to be broadcast early next year.

Unfortunately they are focusing it on junior players (not that there’s anything wrong with them per-say!) I suppose because it appeals to the mainstream more, but personally I’d sooner see more time given to the build up for the established Masters who will be there.
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Post by Alex Holowczak » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:24 pm

Jon Mahony wrote: Unfortunately they are focusing it on junior players (not that there’s anything wrong with them per-say!) I suppose because it appeals to the mainstream more, but personally I’d sooner see more time given to the build up for the established Masters who will be there.
Focussing on juniors is a good thing. Juniors watching other juniors will potentially inspire juniors to take part. Even slightly older players will be impressed. Seeing established masters will not. (Of course, David Howell is ideal as he fits in both categories.)

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Jon Mahony » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:39 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Jon Mahony wrote: Unfortunately they are focusing it on junior players (not that there’s anything wrong with them per-say!) I suppose because it appeals to the mainstream more, but personally I’d sooner see more time given to the build up for the established Masters who will be there.
Focussing on juniors is a good thing. Juniors watching other juniors will potentially inspire juniors to take part. Even slightly older players will be impressed. Seeing established masters will not. (Of course, David Howell is ideal as he fits in both categories.)
Seeing GM’s always impresses me :wink: But yes I see what your saying - watching juniors playing will inspire other kids to take Chess up and Britain gets more players, which is always a good thing.

I’d be very surprised if David Howell doesn’t get any screen time, he is quite charismatic (for a Chess player!) and as you say fits both categories.
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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Stewart Reuben » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:34 pm

Let us postulate as an approximation there will be 400 tournament entries for the British Chess Championships by 28 June. Then it will rise to 600-800 by 5 June (the first penalty fee date) and then to 700-900 by 19 July (the second penalty fee date) and 800-1000 including all entrants at the event. I guess there will be 900+ entrants.
Neville Belinfante would have more accurate demographics (I was somewhat busy last year and my memory is fallible).
I expect David Howell to defend his title.

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Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Post by Sean Hewitt » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:28 am

Adam Raoof wrote:
Sean Hewitt begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting wrote:
www.britishchess2010.com/entrants.htm wrote:Entries as at 26th May

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP (18 players)
ADAMS, Michael, 2697g; PERT, Richard G, 2457m; GREET, Andrew N, 2433m; SLAVIN, Alexei, 2368f; LITTLEWOOD, Paul E, 2361m; CONSTANTINOU, Peter, 2302f; RUDD, Jack, 2267m; ADDISON, Brett, 2235; CHAPMAN, Terry PD, 2231; HELBIG, Paul, 2165; GOODGER, Martyn, 2141; JOSSE, Mark, 2096; SENIOR, Gary, 2069; FEGAN, Chris, 2055; MACKLE, Dominic, 2021; VRUBL, Jaroslav, 2019; COMBIE, Alexander, 1983; DINES, Sheila J, 1931;
Is that right? Only 18 entrants, and no GMs apart from Mickey?
This is out of date (see date) and at least Peter Wells to be added to that list.

Not according to the official website Adam
http://www.britishchess2010.com/entrants.htm wrote:Entrants

225 @ 8th June. Ratings from FIDE 1st March 2010.

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP (19 players)
ADAMS, Michael, 2697g; PERT, Richard G, 2457m; GREET, Andrew N, 2433m; SLAVIN, Alexei, 2368f; LITTLEWOOD, Paul E, 2361m; CONSTANTINOU, Peter, 2302f; RUDD, Jack, 2267m; ADDISON, Brett, 2235; CHAPMAN, Terry PD, 2231; HELBIG, Paul, 2165; RICH, Mark C, 2151; GOODGER, Martyn, 2141; JOSSE, Mark, 2096; SENIOR, Gary, 2069; FEGAN, Chris, 2055; MACKLE, Dominic, 2021; VRUBL, Jaroslav, 2019; COMBIE, Alexander, 1983; DINES, Sheila J, 1931;

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