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by Mike Gunn
Sun Feb 25, 2024 12:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Cambridge International Open
Replies: 108
Views: 6004

Re: 2nd Cambridge International Open

In terms of the terminology of the new ECF rating rules, FIDE uses the K formula approach to calculate TPRs whereas the 400's formula uses the P formula approach. You can find details of how P ratings are calculated versus K ratings on the ECF rating site under "Help".
by Mike Gunn
Wed Feb 21, 2024 11:48 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942

Studies/plans/ pilot borings for a channel tunnel started in the nineteenth century. Between 1929 and 1960 there was a parliamentary Channel Tunnel Committee and an engineer from the "Channel Tunnel Company" served on this committee since the start. Although I have no other information about this co...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Feb 20, 2024 10:50 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 1294
Views: 119397

Re: Chess history trivia

Oxford?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Feb 19, 2024 11:17 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 1294
Views: 119397

Re: Chess history trivia

De Montefort?
by Mike Gunn
Wed Feb 14, 2024 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet
Replies: 32
Views: 1873

Re: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet

I am also (slightly) irritated by this habit but I don't think there are grounds for claiming it is distracting behaviour as the game hasn't started yet.
by Mike Gunn
Sat Feb 03, 2024 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF ratings.
Replies: 13
Views: 1183

Re: ECF ratings.

Thank you both. One follow-up question: Would the old system have brought me back to the 2013 level (one can hope!) faster than in the new system, or is the answer there that it depends on the number of games played? In the old system, I was very active for a number of years (over 100 games in some...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF meeting reports
Replies: 86
Views: 11628

Re: ECF meeting reports

This will in turn potentially see more delegates going to council with different ideas and perspectives. Would it not be just as likely that the collectors of proxies would have a field day? The proxy system is just one of the many unsatisfactory aspects of the present regime. ... My understanding ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jan 21, 2024 5:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: K. W. Lloyd
Replies: 22
Views: 1583

Re: K. W. Lloyd

Kenneth W Lloyd appears in some BCF grading books I have: 1996/7: C192 (previously 189) 1997/8: D192 1998/9: D193 1999/2000: D188 He doesn't appear in any booklets I have after 99/2000 (well, not the next 2), indicating that he had stopped playing at that point. In all cases he is listed as a member...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 1294
Views: 119397

Re: Chess history trivia

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:58 am
Władysław Gliński (article in Portuguese Wikipedia)

Do you recognise Gliński from that photo?
Yes, that's him - I had a few chats/ games of hexagonal chess with him when I spotted him in the shop (he employed a full-time manager).
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 1294
Views: 119397

Re: Chess history trivia

The "first theories of hexagonal chess" was probably by Glinski. I lived in Clapham Park from 1973 to 1975 and this gentleman opened a shop on Abbeville Road marketing equipment for playing the game (his invention). I still have the board I bought from him and I have probably got the book somewhere,...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 10, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: ICL Pathway (Fujitsu) Curiosity
Replies: 25
Views: 2171

Re: ICL Pathway (Fujitsu) Curiosity

I think a poor system specification/ software design is too blame. A minimum requirement of such a system should be that the users can print out a list of all transactions for any day to see where errors have occurred and check the balance by hand. From what we have heard they were not able to do th...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 03, 2024 12:50 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Caplin Hastings 2023-24
Replies: 107
Views: 8997

Re: Caplin Hastings 2023-24

Not attending Hastings for about the first time in 28 years I have been following the event mainly via the excellent Richard Pert commentary. High points have included Danny appearing after losing his QR on move 9 and Jack appearing after being demolished by Richard's son, Max (using his dad's openi...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Dec 18, 2023 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 5949
Views: 727839

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes, I also noticed the correct "Pertz" pronunciation and (watching the clip) realised that he gets the game number wrong. He definitely says "7" not "17" (when I looked it up I assumed I must have misheard when watching the film, but I didn't).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Dec 17, 2023 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 5949
Views: 727839

Re: Media comments on chess

There was a reference to Fischer vs Spassky 1972 in the film "Harry Brown" which was shown last night on Dave. Michael Caine plays Harry Brown, a retired ex-marine who lives on a London housing estate which has a gang of youths who sell drugs and terrorize many residents. In early scenes we see Harr...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Dec 04, 2023 8:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and puzzles
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Chess and puzzles

I do about one Sudoku a day (generally out of the Times Fiendish or Super Fiendish books). Professionally (my work continues although retired) I write software to solve engineering problems and I enjoy debugging code. Neither of these activities has improved my chess, I think.