Senior opportunities in 2018

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Mark Adams
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Mark Adams » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:29 pm

I've had a reply from Dirk Jordan regarding the start times for Dresden. It may be possible to change the start times, if the majority of participants want it. The 9:30 start is the result of the vote from the 2015 WCh. From his reply: "..... To summarize, the organizers will determine the beginning of the rounds in accordance with the wishes of the participants. Should the vote from the World championship in 2015, with a clear majority of 90% in favor of the morning rounds, not apply anymore and should the majority of players wish for a change respectively, it should be able to organize this accordingly.

gens una sumus
Dr. Dirk Jordan (IO, FA)
FIDE Senior Chess Director
Tournament Director of the World Senior Team Championship 2018"

Not sure if there is enough support to change it though.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:07 pm

Mark Adams wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:29 pm
Not sure if there is enough support to change it though.
The problem is of course that people who don't like playing in the morning won't be there to vote.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:11 pm

At least it's a helpful reply. I can think of organizers who would not reply or tell the enquirer to get lost.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:42 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:11 pm
At least it's a helpful reply. I can think of organizers who would not reply or tell the enquirer to get lost.
True.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Mark Adams » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:11 pm

The world seniors individual event in Bled looks very tempting. Lots of events and activities AND THE ROUNDS START AT 15:00 !! http://wscc2018.european-chessacademy.c ... n/schedule

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:10 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:35 am
Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:37 am
The first English 50+ team in Radebeul in July will be:
Nigel Short
John Nunn
Jon Speelman
John Emms
Mark Hebden
The final order to be decided nearer the time. That will be the strongest team we have ever fielded.
Russia will no doubt provide stiff opposition, but if Israel can get Gelfand and Smirin interested they will also be competitive.
In previous years, Russia have sent a women's team for the 50+ but not a male team. They usually have 65+ male teams called Russia and St. Petersburg leaving the rest to compete for bronze.

Canada (in the 50+) and Singapore (in both) have entered so it won't be an entirely European event.

Entries so far can be seen at:
http://www.schachfestival.de/world-team ... tions.html

Yusupov is on board 2 for one of the German teams. But teams can be changed until the captain's meeting.

I would not expect or welcome the time of the final round to be changed. With a 9.30am start, it's possible to get home without paying an additional night's accommodation. Some people may have booked flights already on that basis.
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:20 pm

Tim Harding wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:10 pm
In previous years, Russia have sent a women's team for the 50+ but not a male team.
They won the open 50+ last year, calling themselves St Petersburg.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Stewart Reuben » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:28 am

The first English 65+ team in Radebeul 7-15 July will be:
Robert Bellin
Nigel Povah
Tony Stebbings
Steve Berry
Roger Emerson

The final team order will be decided nearer the time.
This is the strongest senior age group team we have ever sent to either the European or World Senior Team Championship. We started sending teams in 2002.

IM Nigel Povah has been the person principally responsible for raising such a strong team.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:35 pm

Well done Nigel; that's a very impressive 65+ squad and should certainly be competitive for medals.
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:51 pm

This is primarily addressed to Stewart Reuben.

I see that there are many English teams now entered for the 50+ and 65+ championships at Dresden in July, including Welsh and Scottish teams and an English women's team for the first time. There will also be 50+ and 65+ teams from Ireland.

In the past, Stewart, you offered to donate a prize for the best performance above rating of a senior team if all four countries were represented at the same event?
I look forward to your confirmation of this. It could be a great incentive for all our teams to over-perform!
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:10 pm

I will now, when I have time, contact the organisers in Radebeul to ensure there are 5 medals and one trophy.
Currently England have 44 players and 9 teams. We could instead have 10. The full list is on the ECF website.
Written in Poland at the ESTCC. There are 2 Scottish teams and just one English there. The Sots are having roblems for Radebeul as it clashes with the Sottish Championships.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:25 pm

Congratulations on beating Spain today.

http://www.schachfestival.de/world-team ... ft&tngid=2

Looking again at the declared teams for Radebeul (link above) I see I was wrong about the Scots, sorry. However that doesn't mean they aren't necessarily going and I hope they can send a team in each event, or at least one. That clash is unfortunate.

It's good to see the Welsh entering both sections.

I expect there will be more entries by the closing date. No Swedes or Russians are declared yet.
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:57 am

"Currently England have 44 players and 9 teams. We could instead have 10. The full list is on the ECF website."

That is impressive.

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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:08 pm

Meanwhile FIDE has published the conditions for the 2018 World Senior Individual Championships to be held in November at Bled, Slovenia:

http://fide.com/images/stories/FIDE_Cal ... p_2018.pdf

The entry deadline is 17 September, after which entry fees double.

Dates are 17 Nov (arrival) to 30 Nov (departure).
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Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

Post by David Gilbert » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:00 pm

On the non-FIDE front, the Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) is hosting its World Senior Chess Championship from 15th to 24th October 2018 on Crete. There’s seven grading groups (allotted according to the higher of your FIDE rating or national grade) and open to anyone - you don’t even need a FIN. You just have to be 50 or older at some point during this year.

Get in by 15 June 2018 to save €150 on the final price. I’m already booked and not the only one who'll be heading away from these shores. Getaway. There's Easyjet and BA flights taking off from Gatwick, and no doubt other fine airports too.

https://amateurchess.com/wp-content/upl ... 18_eng.pdf

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