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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 5444

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

"Should the arbiter have intervened a few move earlier when Firouzja knocked his e3 pawn off its square so it was pretty well centred on the intersection of the d3, e3, d4 and e4 squares." Yes, although Carlsen didn't seem bothered. Firouzja was pretty good at picking up other pieces he displaced a...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 6615

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Surely, unless the players resigned exactly simultaneously the loss is to the person who resigned first? That immediately ends the game and the other player is not then able to resign because there is no game to resign from. It was simultaneous, and both players agreed that they had resigned. I was...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairing a Team Event
Replies: 3
Views: 681

Re: Pairing a Team Event

I would certainly recommend a very good familiarisation with the package before using it at an event. It is certainly not instinctive eg if you wanted to pair two players whose opponents didn't turn up you don't go to manual pairing, you don't even go to computer pairing. Instead you go to set up n...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:46 pm
so are we getting keith's games quality-tested or not? seems we've drifted off the main point here.
Two of the three relevant people are otherwise occupied due to more urgent matters for the next week or so...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I've hit on two points which, to be fair, aren't major deterrents but which do complicate matters. The first is the need for a qualified arbiter which - and I don't like asking favours for free - increase costs and, moreover, leave the organiser in a difficult position if the arbiter in question ha...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 5444

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:45 pm
2. By whether or not he continues to find the time to post on this Forum.
There's a bit more time in the Rapid (and some very long games)...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Fair point, Alex. The ECF does appear to have become a lot more FIDE-tournament-friendly in the last couple of years. Maybe there's a need for more education? Maybe more FIDE arbiters, also? I had thought that education, particularly on the Rapidplay point, would help get more Rapidplays rated. I w...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

The ECF can help solve this 'problem' by not forcing us to pay extra money to become Gold members in order to play FIDE rated chess. Ah yes, "the ECF". Who do you think that is? Given that membership fees are set by Council, if "the ECF" wanted to do it, it could make it happen whether the Board wa...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Given that membership fees are set by Council, if "the ECF" wanted to do it, it could make it happen whether the Board wanted it or not. In practice, it's not usually been productive for chess development for the ECF Directors to be at loggerheads with the ECF Council. For that matter, more often t...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Actually, if we submitted more of our chess for FIDE rating in England, then I think this problem would slowly disappear; so to some extent the same adults who don't want to FIDE-rate more sections are the ones who are helping to cause the problem. The ECF can help solve this 'problem' by not forci...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I'm guessing, by the way, that with the use of computers we could come to some kind of conclusion about the comparative strengths of players today and x years ago, but it'd involve the input and analysis of a very large number of games. The site Chessdb does a weaker form of this, by taking a, pres...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I've had a similar discussion with Keith in the past, and his argument is that he believes he is a better player than he was at his peak rating, but he is now below his peak rating. While 2019 Keith Arkell may be objectively better than 1999 Keith Arkell, lots of people have just gone past Keith in...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 9655

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I've had a similar discussion with Keith in the past, and his argument is that he believes he is a better player than he was at his peak rating, but he is now below his peak rating. If there were deflation in the UK, then whenever UK players play overseas, we would gain rating points. Luckily, there...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6381

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:26 pm
Four draws in a total of sixty-nine moves. Hey, this knockout format makes for exciting chess!
I think the main problem is that nearly everyone is going through the motions at the end of a long year, because they can't qualify for the Candidates.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2523
Views: 206634

Re: Cheating in chess

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:03 pm
So there's no real gain to be had for delaying the broadcast.
It's an obstacle though and your anti-cheating arbiter can note the frequent spectator interest.
Indeed. The problem is there are that many players, and that few arbiters, that we can't realistically keep track of that anyway.