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English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:58 pm
by Stewart Reuben
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS TO PLAY CHESS INTERNATIONALLY IN 2020

World 50+, 65+ Chess Team Championships. 5-15 March 2020. Prague.
5th is the arrival day and 15th departure.
http://www.wstcc2020.net/
SUMMARY
A player must be at least 50 or 65 by 31 December 2020 in order to play.
All players must be registered ECF and at least gold card members.
All players must have a FIDE Identification Number (FIN). If you do not have one yet please contact the IRO David Clayton iro@englishchess.org.uk.
Each player must pay combined €75 team and personal entry fee.
After 25 January this goes up to €100, if accepted by the ECF and the organisers.
There is an optional transfer fee from the airport to the hotel of €10 each way.
There is a booking deposit of €150, together with the entry fee.
Bridgeoverseas will handle the bookings and payments.
dan@bridgeoverseas.co.uk 01656 747 700 or 08000 346 246, ask for Daniel Cole. The company charges £50 per person for this work. Additionally they are prepared to handle your flights if you prefer.
Accompanying persons pay the same amount as players.
Personal registration is also required 5, or 6 March by 10am.
65+ event will take place in the Olympik Congress Hotel.
50+ event will take place in the Olympik Hotel. They are approximately 180 metres apart.
WOMEN
It is very likely we will be able to raise a women’s 50+ team this time, especially as Dr Jana Bellin has expressed an interest.

ACCOMMODATION COSTS
All players must stay at one of the four designated hotels, listed here.
Olympik Congress fb single €84, double €64 pp
Olympik fb single €84, double €64 pp
Olympik Artemis hb single €88, double €68 pp
Olympik Tristar bb single €54, double €32 pp
The last two are in very close proximity to the Olympik Congress. Personally I shall stay at the Congress. The temperature is likely to be about 10C in the day.

SCHEDULE
Technical meeting 11am for captains. Opening Ceremony 6 March at 1pm. Play 6-14 March from 3pm, except the last round 1pm. Prize giving 8pm 14 March. Departure 15 March.
Rate of play 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by all remaining moves in 30 minutes, with an increment of 30 second every move from the first. Players must keep score throughout the game. Default time 30 minutes.
Each team consists of either 4 or 5 players with 4 playing in each round. Players may not switch teams after the event starts, nor can the team order change. A 4 player team has the advantage that you play all 9 games. 5 players means you can cope with a player being unwell. Thus for 65 plus, a 5 player team is more advisable. Also the opponents cannot prepare so well in advance against you.

Make certain you take with you your EHIC, European Health Insurance Card. The ECF does provides travel insurance

All players must fill in this form WSTCC 2020 Prague - Entry Request Form
. Please complete it by 15 January, but preferably earlier.
Some players have already booked their flights. This is unwise as there can be no certainty that everybody can be assigned to a team until we have 13 players in each of the two age groups.

Stewart Reuben stewartreuben@aol.com. 02088926660. I am playing. I will be away most of the winter, so anybody with queries, should also contact:
Nigel Towers nigelst123@hotmail.co.uk , 07836759325 who will be most valuable for liaising with bridgeoverseas. He will not be playing.
Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell MitchellFJ@bre.co.uk , Home – 01727 848883
Work – 01923 664957 He will be playing.
Please copy any communication to all three of us.

OTHER SENIOR EVENTS IN THE YEAR

European Senior Individual 17-27 April. Poland
European Senior Team Championship 26 June to 5 July. Poland
English Senior 30 April – 3 May. Holiday Inn, Kenilworth
British Senior 20-26 July. Torquay
World Senior 6-16 November. Assisi, Italy
There are also several German events throughout the year

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:51 am
by David Gilbert
What's more, the ACO World Senior Amateur Chess Championships take place on Crete from 5 - 14 October 2020, with seven graded sections. There'll be more details on the ACO website in the next few months https://amateurchess.com

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:38 pm
by Stewart Reuben
David Gilbert >the ACO World Senior Amateur Chess Championships<

It mat be prejudice on my part, but I don't like to advertise events that 'masquerade' as official FIDE events, when they are not.
Are the games FIDE Rated?

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:49 pm
by Brendan O'Gorman
The games are not FIDE rated (as I suspect you know) and the tournament name (like the FIDE equivalent) is silly, but it's a damn good holiday chess event.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:11 pm
by David Sedgwick
Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:49 pm
The games are not FIDE rated (as I suspect you know) and the tournament name (like the FIDE equivalent) is silly, but it's a damn good holiday chess event.
Maybe, but British arbiters have been warned about the potential consequences of supporting ACO events, even only as players.

http://chessarbitersassociation.co.uk/AMToo29.pdf.

I think that Stewart, as ECF Manager of Senior Chess, is quite right not to promote these tournaments. Anyone interested can get all the information they need from David G and others.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:39 pm
by Kevin Thurlow
"Maybe, but British arbiters have been warned about the potential consequences of supporting ACO events, even only as players."

Not a particularly direct warning though - I hadn't noticed it. Of course, I try not to play events where the temperature is likely to exceed 20 C.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:33 pm
by NickFaulks
David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:11 pm
Maybe, but British arbiters have been warned about the potential consequences of supporting ACO events, even only as players.

http://chessarbitersassociation.co.uk/AMToo29.pdf.
I did not know about this document, which contains

"FIDE could apply sanctions on arbiters who take part in any such event, even if only taking part as a player. Hopefully it will not come to that. In 2011 India banned 2700 players for taking part in unrecognised events.

India is not a happy precedent. Their federation has finally been forced to reverse these exclusions, under pressure from FIDE and after losing expensively in the local courts.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:51 pm
by NickFaulks
The January ECF newsletter makes the rather startling claim that the World Senior Teams is not FIDE rated.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:28 pm
by David Sedgwick
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:51 pm
The January ECF newsletter makes the rather startling claim that the World Senior Teams is not FIDE rated.
Presumably this stems from confusion with the unofficial events mentioned upthread.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm
by Stewart Reuben
Nick, David
No. It stems from an error tht Mark Rivlin freely admits. He will correct it in the next issue of the ECF nessletter.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:22 pm
by Nick Grey
It's about time we hosted an international Senior event.

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:50 pm
by Roger de Coverly
Nick Grey wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:22 pm
It's about time we hosted an international Senior event.
Matching prices available elsewhere in Europe is a likely stumbling block.

A benchmark from the forthcoming European Seniors in Poland for example
10. Accommodation packages in the official hotel
All packages includes accommodation for 10 nights per person in HOTEL VIS, registration fee (60 EUR), ECU entry fee (20 EUR), daily full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner:

830 EUR total in a single room for 10 nights
630 EUR total per person in a two-persons room for 10 nights
530 EUR total per person in a three-persons room for 10 nights

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:19 pm
by Nick Grey
No wonder the average senior chess player is overweight.
daily full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner: