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by MSoszynski
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4020

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: 2276

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: 1474

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: 1500

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: 2532

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...
by MSoszynski
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 2532

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Some people may get a bit wrapped up in rules. Not sure of your reasoning not to call your own flag fall if you actually noticed You lose either way in my opinion. You have got it right. Ah, but if he's oblivious of the clock you could play on and checkmate him or he could agree a draw. It's not up...
by MSoszynski
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 2532

Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

I am thinking of the situation where digital clocks are used, and there is sufficient mating material for both sides. Your flag falls but your opponent doesn't notice, and the arbiter isn't close enough to notice either. The game continues. Shortly your opponent's flag falls too. Now here's the poin...
by MSoszynski
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: More players wanted for Sutton Coldfield in the Birmingham, Dudley, and Cannock Leagues
Replies: 0
Views: 1290

More players wanted for Sutton Coldfield in the Birmingham, Dudley, and Cannock Leagues

We are one of the most successful clubs in the area. This year Sutton Coldfield Chess Club won the Birmingham League Championship, Summer League Championship, and Team Lightning Championship, also the Staffordshire Gothard Cup — and that's not all! We have some strong players as our victories prove,...
by MSoszynski
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5188

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I'm saying they are reasonable excuses but it is up to organisers to decide on their own terms. Your query is fine, if the answer is no it is fine too. But has any organiser ever come back with your words in italics? You seem to expect both an excuse and that it meets some standard. All that I'm sa...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5188

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I do not believe an unforeseen clash with a prior commitment is a reasonable explanation. A funeral, taking family member or yourself for emergency hospital surgery, or I have a the flu or something else that is contagious) and do not want to infect the players are reasonable excuses, but would lea...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5188

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

What would an unreasonable explanation be? I changed my mind and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - because of sickness - and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - because of another engagement - and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - for personal reasons -...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5188

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

1. Has anyone ever encountered difficulty in getting their entry fee refunded after having withdrawn from a tournament due to an unfortunate clash with a prior commitment or other reasonable explanation? Must an explanation be given? And why must it be "reasonable"? What would an unreasonable expla...
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever
Replies: 26
Views: 5972

Re: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever

Worst review of a chess book on Amazon:
"Beware - it is a bloody chess book !"
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-re ... 1886846073
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 am
'if the board is set up incorretly' is this the blunder you are referring to?
Yes, you are corret, an incorretly set up board was being referred to.
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

Whenever a chess board appears in a picture or cartoon in the media we are quick to notice if the board is set up incorretly. But today I noticed an even worse sin committed by someone who should know better! Look at the top left corner of your screens everyone! :-( Does this mean we have to transf...