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by Ben Hague
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs
Replies: 121
Views: 13808

Re: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs

I'd call it copyright infringement rather than theft, but that doesn't make it any less wrong. I suppose you could make a moral case for it being OK for DVDs that were no longer being produced or sold by the copyright owners, but I doubt that's the case, and of course it would still be illegal.
by Ben Hague
Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Schools Firewall Management
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Schools Firewall Management

I'm not aware of any central management for firewalls, ours comes from the LEA at the moment, we control outbound ports, they control inbound ones. We may shortly be moving to running one ourselves. I suspect the general pattern will be mainly local authorities, some BSF companies, RM, Ramesys, Capi...
by Ben Hague
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Unusual grading histories
Replies: 19
Views: 4223

Re: Unusual grading histories

Here is an unusual one from an Oxfordshire player - http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/getref.php?ref=115308A Over the couse of 17 years, Graham McInnes has gone from 196, down to a low of 136 and then back up to 201. I suspect that this is the guy who I remember playing for Rochdale at about the ti...
by Ben Hague
Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Publishing ratings every month
Replies: 25
Views: 962

Re: Publishing ratings every month

What about a rolling grade based on the performance over the previous 12 months, updated monthly? That would seem to remove problems with too few games being played each month to give a reliable grade based on that month. It also means that it doesn't much matter when results come in as late results...
by Ben Hague
Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 112381

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Rick McMichael must be winning now on 14 with something like moves king off the third, Re3-h3-h8, meanwhile black is playing Bxb4, Kg8-f8-e7, the pawn on f6 must be strong? Presumably Kf8 would be met by Rh8 when the pawn on f6 does indeed look strong. I think the only way to save black would be so...
by Ben Hague
Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU and the MCF
Replies: 300
Views: 25617

Re: NCCU and the MCF

What a load of tripe. Nothing I have ever heard or read on this ridiculous subject has ever given me the slightest glimmer of a belief that there is intelligent life in Lancashire. Can anyone in the NCCU give any justification that thirty years after the grandparents were upset by the arrival of a ...
by Ben Hague
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU and the MCF
Replies: 300
Views: 25617

Re: NCCU and the MCF

It is also interesting that Lancashire’s AGM’s are held in Greater Manchester and all four attendees of the last AGM live in Greater Manchester. So I think that it is relevant how few people attended the AGM. It is of course very dangerous for me to comment on Lancashire’s internal affairs ev...
by Ben Hague
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010
Replies: 268
Views: 12566

Re: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010

Take, for example Lancs (and well done to them on winning this years Counties Open section). I see they get a mention in todays Telegraph chess section...!! How many of those players satisfy the core criteria of currently (a) Living in Lancs, (b) Working in Lancs, or (c) paying council tax to a Lan...
by Ben Hague
Thu May 20, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Brighouse Rapidplay 2010
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: Brighouse Rapidplay 2010

I have a pdf which I've attempted to attach. If that hasn't worked let me know your email address and I'll send it to you.
by Ben Hague
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Convincing endgame for a film, please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1636

Re: Convincing endgame for a film, please.

My suggestion would be

W Kc8, Bf1, Bg1
B Ka8, Nc4, Nf2

1.Bxc4 Ka7
2.Bxf2+ Ka8
3.Bd5#

I'm not sure how realistic it is, but at least both side are playing the best moves, and the initial position isn't obviously resignable.
by Ben Hague
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone penalties.
Replies: 77
Views: 9775

Re: Mobile phone penalties.

When I first heard about this rule I thought it was ridiculous, but I am starting to come round to the idea. I think it depends what you compare it to. If you compare it to time controls then it starts to look more sensible. E.g. if I take 1 second too long to reach the time control then I lose, and...
by Ben Hague
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 98
Views: 7398

Re: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January

The chess nuts site already does a lot of this for Yorkshire chess. It certainly shows all graded games by everyone going back a few years, and I think also allows results to be added automatically. I've found it really impressive to terms of speed and coverage. I don't see any fundamental reason wh...
by Ben Hague
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL NORTHERN LEAGUE
Replies: 101
Views: 12108

Re: 4NCL NORTHERN LEAGUE

That's right. Out of town locations = more people staying at the venue = happy hotel/conference centre = free venue in return. City centre locations = more people staying and eating/drinking elsewhere = less revenue for the hotel/conference centre from room bookings, catering, bar takings = less ch...
by Ben Hague
Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL NORTHERN LEAGUE
Replies: 101
Views: 12108

Re: 4NCL NORTHERN LEAGUE

Reading is the biggest town in England (at least, in the modern sense of the word "town"). I don't really see how it's "in the middle of nowhere", it's a big enough place in its own right. The venue is about 7 miles outside Reading. It's only called the Reading venue because that's the nearest town...
by Ben Hague
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6075

Re: What would you do here

Interesting incident tonight in a league game. Player has long think on move 4 then writes his proposed move down before continuing to stare at the board. Opponent politely points out that you can't do that to which the player replied that someone else had told him that only a few weeks earlier! It...