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by Mike Truran
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2183

Re: To grade or not to grade

Sounds like Brian's advice is best - have the grader ask the league committee to make the decision and submit accordingly. The ECF central grading team can hardly be expected to make a decision from a position of zero knowledge of the circumstances involved or the local rules involved.
by Mike Truran
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 18th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 205

18th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

Our 18th FIDE rated congress will be taking place on the weekend of 13-15 April 2018 at Holiday Inn Doncaster.

The prize fund totals £3,000.

Full details as usual on the 4NCL website www.4ncl.co.uk.
by Mike Truran
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18345

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Six out of nine games drawn in fewer than 25 moves.

Really?!

Why would sponsors or (paying spectators) pay good money for that?
by Mike Truran
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 73
Views: 3871

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

So what do they have to lose? Apart from the cost of the visa itself, maybe also the cost of paying (at least deposits) for the flights and accommodation for which they would probably have to submit receipts as proof of intent as part of the visa application. Plus, why apply for a visa just to make...
by Mike Truran
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Mr Barden's Guardian Article
Replies: 94
Views: 6666

Re: Mr Barden's Guardian Article

High Ercall, we shall never forget you :lol:
Not our finest moment. :oops:
by Mike Truran
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 3303

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Sorry Matt. Still can't agree with that. Why are we bothering to play over the board chess if we just want to win because our opponent inadvertently drops his piece on the board before executing his move?
by Mike Truran
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 3303

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Sorry Matt - can't can't agree with that. If so, why are we bothering to play chess at all? Do we really want to win a game just because our opponent fumbles his queen? I know I wouldn't.
by Mike Truran
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Manx Liberty & S G Trier - some clarification
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Re: Manx Liberty & S G Trier - some clarification

And this from a man who rocked up to Council wearing .. Caribbean. I rest my case.

PS David - I think we've done OK over the years. Thank you for your kind words, and I note the biblical reference.
by Mike Truran
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Manx Liberty & S G Trier - some clarification
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Re: Manx Liberty & S G Trier - some clarification

Main reasons per the German version: 1. Loss of the DSB home venue (hence presumably the attraction of centralised venues). 2. Greater support for team chess from the 4NCL organisers than from their German counterparts. 3. Difficulties between the top players and DSB officials. 4. Inability to absor...
by Mike Truran
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: K Kings 1 Question
Replies: 20
Views: 789

Re: K Kings 1 Question

3.8 No player should be registered for more than one squad. Should a player be registered for more than one squad, neither captain claiming explicit consent, the Records Secretary need take no action until the player plays for a squad, at which point his registration for all other squads shall be c...
by Mike Truran
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry congress
Replies: 14
Views: 1076

Re: Coventry congress

Five GMs, six IMs and seven FMs. Not too bad for a weekend congress. :D

Many thanks to Malcolm and congratulations to Alan for offering and winning the BKO place.
by Mike Truran
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Silver Members Rep Email to the members
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Silver Members Rep Email to the members

Just a minor amendment if I may - the strategy paper has been available on the ECF website for a while now.
by Mike Truran
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4NCL Individual Rapidplay 8 October 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 493

4NCL Individual Rapidplay 8 October 2017

Sun 8 October 2017 at De Vere Wokefield Estate, Goodboys Lane, Reading RG7 3AE, Berkshire.

Online entry http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/4nclrpform_2017.htm.
by Mike Truran
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 17th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 228

17th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

Our 17th FIDE rated congress will be taking place on the weekend of 19-21 January 2018 at The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate.

The prize fund totals £3,000.

Full details as usual on the 4NCL website.
by Mike Truran
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 28352

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

So far as I can tell, Azmai is alleged to have used the term "gypsy" to mean "someone who wears short trousers where long ones would be more appropriate". No doubt the Nazis used a similar definition in an attempt to justify their own actions. I don't post much any more as you know, but I find your...