|Posted by ian on September 15, 2021 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
This little tool enables you to input an old-style ECF grade and see the FIDE ELO rating equivalent, or vice versa.
In accordance with the ECF's guidance, the conversion formula is 7.5 x ECF + 700 = FIDE
|Posted by ian on September 14, 2021 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
For the attention of all Manchester League Club Secretaries and Captains
The MCF Annual General Meeting on September 8 th resolved to restart over-the-board
league chess in the coming season.
The MCF will issue separate guidelines regarding playing conditions for over-the-board
matches in respect of Covid-19. These guidelines (on matters such as face-coverings,
hygiene, ventilation and distancing) will constitute the default position for match
arrangements and should be varied only by clear prior agreement between captains.
The MCF Council has agreed there will be no return to the traditional league structure
before the 2022-3 season. Since Covid-19 is still with us, a complete return to normality
seems unrealistic. We have therefore approached the start of a 2021-2 season with a clean
slate and an open mind.
There will be an over-the board (OTB) league starting mid-October and finishing,
Covid permitting, before Christmas
There will be an Online League during January and February
There will be OTB trophy competitions from March to May, operating on an initial
group basis, followed by a knockout stage.
There will be no entry fees, nor will there be prizes or trophies awarded; the winners will
receive a Certificate. All games will be ECF rated, so any club entering is accepting liability to
pay ECF game fees for any non-ECF members they select for more than 3 games.
1. Division 1 will be for teams of 7 players; clubs are invited to enter a team in this
division, but no club can enter more than 1 team
2. Other Divisions will be for teams of 5 players; normal MCF seeding rules will apply to
teams entering more than 1 team (including any team in Division 1); clubs are invited
to enter more than 1 (additional) team
3. Rating-limited Division – if there is sufficient interest, there will be a Division with
teams consisting solely of players rated u1600 ECF (approximately 120 old ECF).
4. Open Rapidplay division– if there is sufficient interest, there will be a Division played
at Rapidplay time limits (i.e. 2 games per session against the same opponent with 30
minutes each, or the incremental equivalent). This will allow matches to finish
5. If there is sufficient demand, the u100 (ELO 1450) rapidplay division will be revived
(for teams of 4 players, at least 3 of whom must be juniors).
Rate of play for standard games :
An incremental time control will be used for all matches. Matches typically will be played
under a time control of all moves in 1 hour 20 minutes with a 15 second increment per
move starting at move 1 (G80' + 15”).
However, a shorter session may be played by prior agreement between the captains, as
long as the rate is sufficient for ECF standard-play grading. [The minimum for standard-play
rating is either G/60’ or an incremental time limit such that a game of 60 moves will last at
least 60 minutes]
You will appreciate that until the number of entries is known, we are unable to specify the
number of fixtures that you will have to play.
To assist the Fixtures Committee, please submit your club’s entries by midnight on Friday
24 September latest.
If you are able at the same time to submit a (strictly provisional) registration list of all the
players you believe will be willing and able to resume over-the-board play, this will help us
allocate teams to divisions appropriately.
Entries and registration lists should be sent to Mick Norris email@example.com and copied to
Phil Adams firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to submit suggestions, opinions and requirements on other topics that would be
important to you in resuming league play in the MCF.
pp the MCF Council
|Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 12:50 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to Jim Guest and Harry Lamb. Who both won the MCF Life Time Achievement Award 2021 for their services to the Manchester Chess Federation.
|Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
The Manchester League's AGM voted in favour to make the suspended 2019-20 season null and void. The remaining cup fixtures that were due to be played. Will still be played out from the 2019-2020 season. Over the board MCF chess season 2021 /2022 will start at some point, but no dates confirmed yet. Will update further as soon as we have the new dates for the coming season.
|Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
Manchester Juniors in the online 4NCL
Tuesday 7 th September 2021
Manchester Juniors A 1788 Uxbridge A Colts 2009
w Ye, Kevin 1982 ½ - ½ Singh, Rishpal S 2200 u
b Parry, Samuel 1829 0 - 1 Sudhan, Hari Hara 2168 u
w Jayawarna, Tarini 1675 0 - 1 Kamath, Raghu 1906
b Benhamida, Aisha 1666 c 0 - 1 Colter, Nigel 1765
Sam put up a great defence, but best game goes to Kevin’s draw against an FM.
Manchester Juniors B 1419 Warwickshire Bears B 1373
w Eccleston, Bryony 1526 1 - 0 Vaidyanathan, Adithya 1446 c
b Correa, Rebecca 1502 c 1 - 0 Nasibova, Margarita 1336 c
w Ye, Tim 1369 c 1 - 0 Johal, Amrissa Kaur 1384 c
b Correa, Edward 1279 c 1 - 0 Vaidyanathan, Sathya 1328 c
Bryony’s and Rebecca’s wins were both efficient. Edward had a good win. Good team result.
Wolfpack 1 1737 Manchester Juniors C 1193
w Smith, Mark 1876 1 - 0 Burke, Alexander 1249 c
b Bloom, Paul 1706 1 - 0 Eccleston, Rowan 1233
w Pratley, Ian 1703 1 - 0 Benhamida, Jude 1199 c
b Gliddon, Daniel J 1664 0 - 1 Fung, Marcus 1091 c
The average grading difference was large. So, Marcus’ win was outstanding. Rowan also put up an
Next match Tuesday 21 st September 2021
|Posted by ian on September 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The 2021 AGM will be held online tonight on Zoom. Attendees should arrive on Zoom for 7:15pm. So everybody can be let in from the waiting room on Zoom in time.
|Posted by ian on September 7, 2021 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Norway Chess is a 6-player double round-robin featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and taking place in the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger, Norway from 7-17 September. Each of the 10 rounds consists of a classical game where a win is worth 3 points and a loss 0. If the players draw they play an Armageddon game, where the winner earns 1.5 points and the loser 1 point. No draw offers are allowed before move 30. The classical time control is 2 hours for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move only after move 40. For Armageddon White (the same player who had White in the classical game) has 10 minutes to Black's 7, with a 1-second increment from move 41. Black wins if the game ends in a draw. A tie for 1st place will be decided by two 3+2 blitz games followed, if necessary, by a 5 vs. 4-minute Armageddon game. Official website: https://norwaychess.no/en/
Live Commentary GM Judit Polgar ans IM Jovanka Houska https://www.twitch.tv/chess24
|Posted by ian on August 26, 2021 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
English GM Gawain Jones is top seed in a very strong field with many strong players playing. Starting today
Live Commentary GM Ivan Sokolov + Guests https://www.twitch.tv/reykjavikopen
Official website: https://www.reykjavikopen.com/
|Posted by ian on August 24, 2021 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Manchester Junior Chess
Junior 4NCL Team
Are you aged 7-16 years?
Do you want to play serious chess in the grade range 70 to 160?
Play ECF and FIDE rated tournaments?
Play three weekends per year and stay overnight.
Access to coaching between rounds?
Join Manchester’s Junior 4NCL Squad. In 2018/9 we ran three teams, two in the FIDE rated
The three weekends are :
Weekend 1: 25-26 September 2021 Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa
Weekend 2: 29-30 January 2022 Holiday Inn South Normanton
Weekend 3: 9-10 April 2022 Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Contact the MCF Junior Organiser, Julian Clissold at email@example.com
Pictures are of Manchester players three years ago.
|Posted by ian on August 17, 2021 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
The Sinquefield Cup is a 10-player classical round-robin taking place in the Saint Louis Chess Club from 17-27 August 2021. It's the fifth and final stage of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, a series of five events with a total prize fund of $1.275 million. The players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Official website: grandchesstour.org
Live Commentary GM Grischuk GM Williams IM Toth