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by Gavin Strachan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why is my rating so low?
Replies: 1
Views: 622

Re: Why is my rating so low?

Rating is related to performance weirdly though it can be inaccurate due to numerous factors. There are numerous things you can do to improve but generally play more - slow play is best, study, join a chess club, use tools such as tactics trainer, and i avoid thinking too much on other people's game...
by Gavin Strachan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 5507

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

lose a few games Nick :)
by Gavin Strachan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How tight are you?
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

How tight are you?

How many people pay petrol money or even petrol money relevant to the journey distance (ie long journey bit more than a £1 to designated driver)? And then there is the refreshments. Obviously if a venue is able to supply a tea/coffee, do you make it or is it left to someone else (some maybe lucky to...
by Gavin Strachan
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 17241

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Has this brought up because of the opponent Adams had to face in the last round last year? He had a great tournament and brings a bit of romance to the event like the FA cup.
by Gavin Strachan
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Queen and knight v Queen
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Queen and knight v Queen

Lucky I won on time just before it occurred
by Gavin Strachan
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Queen and knight v Queen
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Queen and knight v Queen

Discounting situations of forced wins or draws is queen and knight v queen endgame a draw or is it winnable?
by Gavin Strachan
Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Philpott
Replies: 29
Views: 4564

Re: John Philpott

Shocked by his sudden passing. On a day West Ham managed to win. JP big West Ham fan and loyal servant to the ECF and Essex Chess. RIP. Condolences to his family.
by Gavin Strachan
Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amol Rajan article in Evening Standard
Replies: 26
Views: 1811

Re: Amol Rajan article in Evening Standard

the fact chess has coverage in a newspaper that has a big audience and in whatever context is good for the game. Sports that struggle to attract an audience struggle to survive. Thanks for highlighting this Jon.
by Gavin Strachan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Questions on conduct during a game
Replies: 90
Views: 5969

Re: Questions on conduct during a game

Thanks Stewart, sensible advise on what to do with no arbiter available.
by Gavin Strachan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Questions on conduct during a game
Replies: 90
Views: 5969

Re: Questions on conduct during a game

thanks. Could be a problem in a league game with no arbiter, so do you stop the clock claim the win and complain to the league about what happened after or carry on then complain?
by Gavin Strachan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Questions on conduct during a game
Replies: 90
Views: 5969

Re: Questions on conduct during a game

OK so what happens if the person continues to make notes? Can you claim the game?
by Gavin Strachan
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Kings Gambit Falkbeer with 3 ... Qd5
Replies: 13
Views: 1824

Re: Kings Gambit Falkbeer with 3 ... Qd5

used to have a good book by Joe Gallagher on the KG years ago... he was the guru on this opening
by Gavin Strachan
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Brentwood Chess Rapidplay
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Brentwood Chess Rapidplay

yep Sunday 30th October 2016
by Gavin Strachan
Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Brentwood Chess Rapidplay
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Brentwood Chess Rapidplay

Contact: Gavin Strachan Email: gavinstrachan@hotmail.com Web: http://www.brentwoodchess.com Open, U160, U130, U100 sections. 25 mins plus 10 sec incremental time control. 6 rounds. Essex Juniors – free entry. Venue is 2 minutes walk from Shenfield Station (20 mins from London Liverpool Street, in Oy...