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by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 52
Views: 1413

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

I do not want to paint a picture of doom and gloom, but it is fair to say that there will be a lot of work to do for everyone once chess restarts. As I said it is unimportant at the moment, but it is still something to think about. What I worry about is the loss of chess club venues — pubs and soci...
by MSoszynski
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 16602

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:36 am
If the virus is transmuted onto a chess set, which piece are you most likely to catch it from? Are pawns more susceptible to germs than minor or major pieces?
Probably safest are a newly promoted piece, a knight on the rim, disconnected rooks, and an isolated pawn.
by MSoszynski
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Notes - major downscale
Replies: 12
Views: 1021

Re: Chess Notes - major downscale

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/index.html

Well worth a browse. I've even contributed to it myself.
by MSoszynski
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Owen Hindle
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Owen Hindle

Owen Hindle was once a Member of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club, so three years ago I wrote (with his help on a couple of details) a micro-biog for the Club's website http://www.suttonchess.org.uk/ Owen Hindle (b. 1940), author of Further Steps in Chess (1968), and co-author of The English Morphy? (200...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most losses to the same player in a season
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Most losses to the same player in a season

In a local league I lost easily to a 200+ player, which was no surprise. The fixtures were such that we were to meet again in the return match the very next week. I was determined that our new game would not be a procession again, and that now I would force him to think, so I sacced a knight for two...
by MSoszynski
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UK Pun day
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Re: UK Pun day

The following misunderstanding has happened more than once...

I really dislike adjournments.
Why? Is it because of the war?
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 17
Views: 1621

Re: Badge

Colin Patterson wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:25 pm
Am I the only non-recipient curious to see what this 'badge' looks like?
Can someone post a photo of it?
Don't you have any arbiter friends? Bad career move. :wink:
by MSoszynski
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 17
Views: 1621

Re: Badge

I assumed this was a post about a track by the popular beat combo "Cream" What badge is this ? The one that the ECF have posted to "esteemed chess colleague" thanking the recipient for "whatever organisational role they play in supporting the ECF" Shouldn't that be E steemed C hess F ellow?
by MSoszynski
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 5047

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

As to "reaching out his hand to the opponent" [...] I was present when a player reached out his hand, intending to resign. But his mis-hearing opponent asked whether he was offering a draw. And when told that he was (in a split-second change of heart or simple opportunism), the opponent actually ag...
by MSoszynski
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2780

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

An empirical survey could be done, comparing current players with both a FIDE rating and an ECF grading. JP Wilkinson carried out such a survey, but it was a very long time ago, last century, in one of the British chess magazines. I no longer have the details except for his formula itself: (ECF * 5....
by MSoszynski
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5354

Re: Quit Stallin'

Played in a tournament at the weekend - 12 months after my first since returning after a 35 year lay-off. Arrived early on the first day, so helped the bookstall guy unload. He had a large stock. He predicted he would take £200 - £300 over the weekend - not profit, just takings. I suggest that's wh...
by MSoszynski
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 21
Views: 2509

Re: Chess Book Collections

On my first visit to a tourney in Poland I was asked about my chess book selection. At that time it was very small. "Eight or nine," I said. The response I got showed we had misunderstood each other. "Eight or nine metres, that's not bad".
by MSoszynski
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happens when the pub closes
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

Re: What happens when the pub closes

During my time my Club has been forced to move 4 times, not exactly from pubs but from social clubs or similar. Venue decides to open doors at 7.30pm (our official match start time) rather than 7pm, with no advance warning. Dozens of bemused/annoyed patrons, not just chessplayers, stuck outside the ...
by MSoszynski
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership List
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: ECF Membership List

An important matter. A club can be surcharged (through a league) for fielding players who are not ECF members. This already happens.
by MSoszynski
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 2836

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

I differ with some arbiters regarding this. If White'flag falls and neither the arbiter nor Black notices, then Black's flag falls - IT SHOULD BE A DRAW. My reasoning is that it takes a conscious action to call a flag fall. If Black was unable to do so in time, then it should be a draw. Aha, others...