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by J T Melsom
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Chess players in Bucks can't compete in the county championship but have other events they can participate in. I think the concept of prestige is a bit over-stated. The point that might have been made is that the Chiltern League is actually an example of chess organised outside the framework of ECF ...
by J T Melsom
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Andrew You just referenced the county chess situation in the Chilterns. You seem to have made the error also made by others that because the relevant counties do not compete in Union events there is no county chess. The four counties concerned compete within their own competition - within which the ...
by J T Melsom
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

Richard Some people in Bucks still think I'm in charge :) - the web-site needs up-dating in several respects, but we are very short of officers. Actually I was censured in absentia one year by a county AGM once for intervening in a dispute on an evening when I wasn't the relevant match captain eithe...
by J T Melsom
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

Outcome was actually rather dull. I advised both opposition captain and the league controller of the advice received here, and I believe they were happy to grant my dispensation without penalty. However, I arrived late, and with greater mobility than anticipated, so the theory wasn't tested. Some op...
by J T Melsom
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

Ian - thank you. I broke my right arm in 77 so must have done some writing left handed, so I may try your suggestion noting especially the advice re writing implement.
by J T Melsom
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

David / Thomas thanks to you both. It is fortunately a dead rubber - only my unbeaten league run to worry about. somewhat ironically it is against a club who fielded a player a couple of seasons back who in apparent ignorance of the rules made no attempt to keep any score and nobody said anything un...
by J T Melsom
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Clock adjustment for not keeping score

I have a match on Wednesday but have an injury affecting my right sided activity. I have no concerns about switching to play left handed but doubt I could keep a game score. The rate of play is 35 in 75 and then 15 minutes to finish. What compensation should I offer to my opponent if I cannot keep s...
by J T Melsom
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1070

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

My university club was a modest size yet at least four members of it are still playing (though one has recently dropped from the grading list) . I think though that one has to recognise that universities provide a unique set of opportunities for their members and within a rather less diverse demogra...
by J T Melsom
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1070

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

And I recognise this is a digression, but it is sometimes difficult to find a chess club that is open. Anybody not just graduates moving to an area in the spring may well find chess stopping for the summer. I seem to get more inquiries about chess in the spring when the ravages of winter have passed...
by J T Melsom
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1070

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

I suspect there is an issue with where the players end up playing, but that is rather more down to socio-economic factors than quality of clubs. Clubs in rural areas or small towns may have retained players through their school years, but hold few prospects of those players returning other than when...
by J T Melsom
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 13
Views: 1121

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

I have just replicated the search using Bing.
This is the4th entry that came up. https://sccu-chess.com/index.php/en/county-championship
by J T Melsom
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12182

Re: World Teams 2019

I didn't vote - I'm not sure I'd regard a poll on this forum as terribly meaningful either way. I just felt that the points raised elsewhere merited slightly more than cursory consideration, even if the end decision reached was the same. After all we don't have alcohol and tobacco sponsors, so at a ...
by J T Melsom
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12182

Re: World Teams 2019

The related thread suggested a number of reasons why the sponsor might not be appropriate, some of which to my mind had merit. I would hope that with a little more time to raise funds some further thought might be given to those issues. And it cannot be ruled out that a successful team might be more...
by J T Melsom
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12182

Re: World Teams 2019

Interesting reaction to say the least. In virtually any other competitive endeavour you would seek reaction from the participants about the outcome and the key moments. In many sports a press conference is mandatory. Of course you might get platitudes, that's a risk you take. But in this case there ...
by J T Melsom
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12182

Re: World Teams 2019

The computer line that has featured so prominently in the article and in the thread. The obvious answer is 'probably 'no' or he'd have played it, but that may not be the full answer - he may have felt that it was far from straightforward as one of your earlier posts suggested and was happy to draw w...