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by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.

It's good to see you are getting better, Alex. See you at Hastings, some year or other ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London System
Replies: 20
Views: 2076

Re: London System

Years ago when playing in a Richmond Rapidplay my junior opponents both played the London in the 1st 2 games I had as black. I approached Susan Lalic (who was controlling the event) and asked her for a good line against the London. She reeled off a dozen moves of theory (which I couldn't remember) a...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'm captain of two Surrey teams. One is odds on favourite to win its division and the other has an outside chance of winning a cup. For me this is unfinished business and I would like to see it concluded!
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

"Surrey's interclub cup competition is called the Alexander Cup and is presumably named after either L or FFL Alexander." FFL, it's stated in "50 Years of Battersea Chess" (assuming I remembered the title correctly.) I did inform one of your Surrey colleagues a few years ago, but he never acknowled...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1091

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

Surrey's interclub cup competition is called the Alexander Cup and is presumably named after either L or FFL Alexander.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 34
Views: 2005

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

"Years of research involving the strongest chess software and hardware in the world by GM Larry Kaufman and others suggests that the most correct (rounded) piece values 1 (pawn), 3.45 (knight), 3.55 (bishop), 5.25 (rook) and 10 for the queen." (Applying Logic in Chess by Erik Kislik, Gambit, 2018.) ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 94
Views: 6602

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

No the elections are secret ballots.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unusual Openings
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Unusual Openings

Basman calls 1. a3 ... 2. h3 the "Creepy Crawly" opening and has published a pamphlet on it (which I have, somewhere).
by Mike Gunn
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 94
Views: 6602

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I am not sure why the various Director's reports are split and combined in the way they are. Since the board adopted the recommendations of the Pearce Report there has been a combined board report rather than reports from the individual executive directors. The existence of a separate report on wom...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Actually the WHO (like everybody else) doesn't know how the infection is spread. If you want some informed comment from an expert then see the examples in the blog by Erin Bromage ( https://tinyurl.com/y83xeygm . The examples of the restaurant, workplace and choir seem to indicate that airborne tran...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The maths is quite straight forward. In an earlier post Alex McFarlane described how (in his experience) you could tell which round you were in at Hastings according to the amount of coughing he could hear. It is just common sense that by restricting contacts you restrict the spread of a virus.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If I play three games in a day, and don't speak to anyone except my opponents, am I undertaking an activity "with" the other 20 players in my section? If an infectious person plays in a 5 round Swiss he is potentially infecting up to another 31 people but if he plays in an all play all section of 6...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

All play all sections of 6 players used to be a format used by many tournaments - maybe it's time to turn the clock back?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Lunch and supper are two different events. Perhaps if you locked everybody out at lunchtime at a chess tournament that could count as 2 different events but it looks too much like trying to get round the rules to me.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yes, 3.19 of the government guidelines is the essential bit.

You could organise a chess tournament with Covid precautions based on APA sections of 6 but (e.g.) ordinary Swiss pairings would result in mingling between groups of 6 and would therefore be illegal.