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by Nick Grey
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Database website URL links
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: ECF Grading Database website URL links

Some players have lots of clubs so you may have to pick up those that have it as 5 or 6th on list etc. I suspect you can put several queries together. The point is you play in the same league as my club so have to have registration for the league in advance. We have notified SCCA of our multi-club p...
by Nick Grey
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who may J'adoube ?
Replies: 9
Views: 682

Re: Who may J'adoube ?

Stop clock and call the arbiter. Who makes decision normally by looking at the move recorded on the scoresheet. I'm pretty sure most players and arbiters have not got good enough eye sight to judge whether 52/48%. After Brexit perhaps ECF ought to go it's own way and leave Fide? Or is that too much ...
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 45
Views: 2276

Re: London chess-FIDE open

Of course if there is a bomb or other terrorist incident on a transport route it will cause a problem. As will other unscheduled items like frozen points and signals, strike action etc. My day today - New Malden to Wimbledon - announcement incident on district line suggest to travel into waterloo. N...
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Government Funding of BCF
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Government Funding of BCF

As much as I'm a child of the Thatcher generation whatever small support in funding chess was at the expense of cutting milk budgets and also later on in cuts of higher education spending and student grants. Currently with the mess that we have children with debts of £50k in toxic loans when they le...
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017

I played and remembered Ghislaine on front cover. At Barbican. Shame no repeats but then again missing billions in pension funds and going missing from a boat must have had something to do about it. Take the emergency number just in case. I eventually got into work today having bypassed Parsons Gree...
by Nick Grey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017

Wanted to push this back up. I'm looking forward to it and thanks for the organisers. Give them some support!
by Nick Grey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Government Funding of BCF
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Government Funding of BCF

And very quickly taken out of the education budget. Maggie Thatcher was known as the 'milk snatcher' in her education secretary days. As for very recent announcement of National Funding Formula for Schools for 2018-19 and 2019-20 in the areas where average per pupil funding is high secondary schools...
by Nick Grey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 45
Views: 2276

Re: London chess-FIDE open

It was suggested that October was when we will hear have brochure etc. Securing venue dates was going to be difficult with the closure of other exhibition centres in the area.
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2047
Views: 219727

Re: Media comments on chess

Gogglebox Channel 4 now - speaking about doctor foster - just like a game of chess/checkmate? I don't think so with lubricants and vibrating devices which could distract at the chess board. Suranne Jones may be a great actress showing all the cold calculating cunning of a grandmaster but that is abo...
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1557

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

An opening played by a master that was in prison and also my a maverick IM with some original ideas but poor knowledge of the tax system! Not sure that 1g4 ought to be used to try to get a good transposition into a white opening - e.g. the Chinese variation of the Pirc or a g4 system against the Sic...
by Nick Grey
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists
Replies: 17
Views: 1140

Re: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists

I'm getting all the spam. So I do not open them. However that probably means I'm missing any genuine messages that were coming from that e-mail address. As previously from RJH I'm not sure I'm missing anything.
by Nick Grey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership download
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Membership download

If it is just league chess you can register as late as 30th June. Not sure now but I'm sure our leagues know. No need to rush and there is also the 3 free games per league for a casual player to be aware of. I was not very well physically and mentally June to November last year and only registered i...
by Nick Grey
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules
Replies: 43
Views: 2557

Re: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules

Geoff - your reversed Latvian has 2 illegal moves. 1 for each player.
by Nick Grey
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 155
Views: 15235

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Does Dan need another GM norm and 2500?
Anyway nice to see CCF running an IM norm tournament if they could not run a GM tournament.
by Nick Grey
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 4691

Re: Motions

Perhaps a few organisations need to bring a motion and ECF need to consider. If only for the health of it's competition. I know that if our county joined another union we would lose players on travelling distances for matches. Eligibility - ought to be defined but allow for counties not entering tea...

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