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Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Post by Alan Walton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:32 pm

I was one of the players who the federation mailed to ask to apply for the CM title on its introduction as I was rated over 2200 at the time (the cost was minimal); originally it was promoted that it would actually mean something (reduced entry fees, counting towards norms), but in hindsight it is pretty much a pointless title as it hasn't given me any benefit whatsoever, therefore I would recommend not to waste your money in applying for it

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Post by NickFaulks » Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:48 pm

Alan Walton wrote:counting towards norms
Did someone really say that? The introduction of the title was well before my time, but I am not aware this was ever contemplated.

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Post by benedgell » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:04 pm

Alan Walton wrote:I was one of the players who the federation mailed to ask to apply for the CM title on its introduction as I was rated over 2200 at the time (the cost was minimal); originally it was promoted that it would actually mean something (reduced entry fees, counting towards norms), but in hindsight it is pretty much a pointless title as it hasn't given me any benefit whatsoever, therefore I would recommend not to waste your money in applying for it
I think, for whatever its worth, you can use it to get free membership at Chess.com.

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Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:28 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
JustinHorton wrote:Also if anybody knows what MK is in FIDE title terms, I'd be obliged
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See for instance Oscar Banos here.
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:33 pm

I found a drop-down menu option in a chess registration site (chess results.com) that gave the options for titles as: GM, IM, FM, CM, NM and MK. The first four are FIDE titles. NM is National Master. Presumably MK is another variant on a national title, and not a FIDE title? Certainly the FIDE rating cards for all those marked MK in the list Justin pointed to did not have FIDE titles listed.

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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:37 pm

That might make sense, actually, because although Banos is of Argentinian nationality I notice he seems to play for a Catalan club.
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:50 pm

Ah, so a Spanish/Catalan variant of some national/regional master title. Bit like the Life Master title from the USCF and the various national level titles the BCF/ECF have promoted at times. Does MK make sense in Spanish/Catalan?

Also, lots of "MK" players in this list:

http://www.chessdom.com/international-c ... de-sitges/

All seem to be Spanish.

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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:59 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:. Does MK make sense in Spanish/Catalan?
Not immediately, no (in Spanish, anyway).
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Post by John Saunders » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:13 pm

Found on a Spanish forum:
Patty43 on Madrid Mueve forum wrote:En Catalunya hay un título que es Maestro Catalán, muy apreciado por la gente que no lo tiene y por una minoría de los que lo tienen. En el Swiss Manager lo introducen como MK para evitar confusión con el de Candidate Master...
JS translation wrote:In Catalonia there is a title 'Catalan Master', much appreciated by those that don't have it and by a minority of those that do. [smiley with tongue hanging out]. In Swiss Manager they have introduced it as 'MK' to avoid confusion with that of Candidate Master...
... so I suppose we can think of it as standing for 'Maestro Katalan' (in the way that N stands for knight in notation). I think the writer might be the strong Spanish WIM (current rating 2262) Patricia Llaneza Vega. She speaks and writes excellent English so anyone wanting to know more should consult her on Twitter (@PattyLlaneza).
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Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:16 pm

Ah, that's very good thanks. I'd wondered about K but I thought "why would they do that?" Although N, of course, in English....
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Post by John Upham » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:22 pm

Anyone experiencing multiple audio echoing in the live commentary?

I wonder if anyone at the event (I assume not) checks the broadcast once it has gone live?
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Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:24 pm

Next question - why have Chess24 got 3½ next to Sarah Hegarty's name when she's got a point more than that?
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Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Post by Phil Neatherway » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:27 pm

Is the Howell-Arkell position a book line?

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Post by Tim Harding » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:34 pm

John Upham wrote:Anyone experiencing multiple audio echoing in the live commentary?

I wonder if anyone at the event (I assume not) checks the broadcast once it has gone live?
Awful feedback whether listening on the direct link on chess24. Have switched it off. Someone let us know if they fix it later please,
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Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Post by Simon Ansell » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:35 pm

Phil Neatherway wrote:Is the Howell-Arkell position a book line?
Not a main line, 6...Nb6 is something of a Keith speciality though. Solid but slightly passive. Took me all of ten minutes to work out why he couldn't play 8...h6. Don't think I've seen this version of the trick before.


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