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by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4142

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

The London Chess Classic was much more entertaining from the spectator's point of view when the 8 players consisted of 4 from the top 10 and 4 English GMs (more decisive results and occasionally the English underdog would win), so here's a vote for more mixed (in terms of ability) tournaments . The ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Governance issues

It's a governance issue in the sense of: could we have a better set of rules to deal with this situation?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Governance issues

Ian is correct, all the relevant dates are set out in the ECF articles and #12 of Bye Law No.3. Normally the board fills any casual vacancy that occurs between AGMs. However, in re-reading these documents before making this post I discovered that Council also has power to fill a vacancy by passing a...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Governance issues

In my capacity as Council Chairman I get invited to attend some board meetings (usually the ones just before general meetings) and so I can report that I have witnessed a board discussion on the situation arising from Traci's late decision not to stand. The basic difficulty is that a director can de...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5070

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Nick, you are quite right: I could have ruled amending the motion in this way out of order but it seemed to me that it was achieving the same aim (female participation) but without several (probable) defaults so my judgement was to let it be voted on (and the motion came very close to being passed, ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5070

Re: April Council meeting 2019

As it happens I had friendly relations with Richard over a period of about 15 years! With possibly a couple of exceptions I was always able to meet the ECF deallines for grading submissions.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme
Replies: 13
Views: 1061

Re: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme

There is a history credited to (I think) Poole & Reuben in the centenary yearbook. Like they say "I'm on the train" and so can't give a precise reference.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

This year (and last) I am the captain of the Surrey U140 and U100 teams. The U100 team defaulted its first match last year (a semi final) because I was unable to find more than 5 players to travel to Milton Keynes from Surrey. I got some flack for this at the Surrey AGM and this year I was told that...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8230

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Can I remind members of the forum that the deadline for submitting motions to Finance Council is 1.30pm on Thursday March 21st? So far (as Chairman of Council) I have received no motions and it is my estimation that if none is received then there will be no discussion at Council on April 27th of the...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5405

Re: How many casual players?

In my view you couldn't introduce compulsory membership without changes to the bye laws which would have to be voted on by Council. Changing to monthly grading could be done without reference to Council, but it would be advisable to consult the graders and local bodies who collect the results and su...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16312

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

From the December ECF newsletter This method of calculation is statistically unsound once the frequency of calculation is such that the number of results in each batch for the majority of players is small. Moving to more frequent grading lists will require us to replace the ECF calculation method w...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Chess Chmpionship.
Replies: 17
Views: 1916

Re: World Chess Chmpionship.

Yes, where the single HIGNFY joke about the event was that chess is boring ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43771

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

If you're looking for excitement in a sporting encounter I think it comes when one side is just ahead and the other side has to try really hard to get back on terms. There is nothing quite so boring as a 0-0 draw in football even when you are watching great individual skills from the players. The tw...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43771

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It's just the same as in football where Sam Allardyce teams play a risk-free approach - get all your men behind the ball and hope to win on the break. The objective is to minimise losses - you get plenty of draws and a few wins. In chess you get lots of draws when you have Sam Allardyce type players...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43771

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

They think it's all over ...