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by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Re: Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?

Suddenly, out of the blue, I have received a placeholder response in my inbox, promising a complete response within another month or so.

Thank you, Board.
by Paul McKeown
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?

We undertake to reply to your question within 5 working days. If it is not possible to provide a full answer within this time-frame, perhaps because the question is complex or all the required information is not readily available, you will receive a reply explaining this within the time frame which...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 1900

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

It's a minor point, but Nigel Lawson wasn't actually a member of Major's Cabinet Sorry, my sloppy shorthand for "senior Cabinet Minister during Thatcher's Prime Ministership, including Financial Secretary to the Treasurer and then Chancellor of the Exchequer for six years, personally responsible fo...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 1900

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

Quiz question. Which very rich man, married to the daughter of a Viscount, wrote the following disgusting sentences? I would guess George Osborne, married to Frances, daughter of David Howell. George Osborne is, of course, a highly intelligent man, but he has never seemed to show any empathy for th...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3209

Re: Steve Berry

Sad news.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The old ECF League program works fine for me, but it means I'm having to maintain a Windows XP computer running just for grading, and this has caused me some problems Julie, you can ask Windows 10 to run a program as if it were running in a Windows XP environment. See the following page for some ad...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

In which case, given that Paul has now enlightened me on the various other league chess offerings in London, sensible people will migrate to the leagues that use increments leaving the London League to wither, won't they? One observes that those leagues in London which are actually growing are thos...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Point (4) would just be that such results are excluded anyway. You would be wrong in that. If I may quote the User Guide for the File Checker: (b) Not fatal. You will get a Warning if you supply an eccentric game result like “15” (win for Pin 1, draw for Pin 2) [... snip ...] These are not errors, ...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

London is one pocket where it still happens, but most of the rest of the country moved on. In fact, increments are increasingly used. But you shouldn't confuse London's position on this issue with that of the rest of England. And one shouldn't confuse slowly ever shrinking dinosaurs such as the Lon...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. This m...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:38 pm
But obviously whatever is planned will be explained in exquisite detail by ECF in advance and discussed at the appropriate meeting.
Satisfyingly mordant.
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I always thought it a pity that UKCC has traditionally refused to send games for ECF grading. I hope the new management will come on board. Richmond Juniors grades all games in its UKCC qualifiers, Last Chance Saloons and Megafinals from U9 up. At considerable cost to Richmond Juniors, it must be s...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12762

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The old ECF League program works fine for me, but it means I'm having to maintain a Windows XP computer running just for grading, and this has caused me some problems Julie, you can ask Windows 10 to run a program as if it were running in a Windows XP environment. See the following page for some ad...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CAA Minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: CAA Minutes

Richard Bates wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:32 pm
Quickplay finish laws being abolished from 2021? 😲
Yes, that was announced some time ago. It really is time for players and organisers in England to move with the times!
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CAA Minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: CAA Minutes

At first I feared that the breach of personal relations between committee members played out by email was being brought here. I am glad to see that is not the case. I congratulate Alan Atkinson on taking on the role of Secretary.