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by J T Melsom
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

Alan Kennedy - your advice is very sound, indeed there are many instances where direct contact with ECF Directors would be better than moaning on this forum. My complaints were not with ECF Directors or rather given that some of those incurring my wrath have also worn ECF hats, were not aimed at the...
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

I accept that 'arsehole' is a phrase too far, whatever the provocation and frustration. There are limits. I will try and maintain a higher standard going forward.
by J T Melsom
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Nick Grey - I understand that WIB 3 will have a full set of players. I am advised that Tess will not be available for our opponents on Saturday. :)
by J T Melsom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 2678

Re: ECF Online Chess

Nick - It took you six months or more to apologise for misrepresenting me during which time you tried to pretend I didn't exist. I've apologised faster than you to other posters, there are many who have never received an apology from you. I'm happy to learn from you on magnanimity, but I won't be co...
by J T Melsom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

I was away 48 hours. I post here because there are topics of discussion which interest me. I don't post hoping to find an echo chamber of my pre-existing ideas, and I also try to treat all posters views with respect and interest. I don't dismiss them out of hand just because they are expressed by pe...
by J T Melsom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

Nick Grey - please don't repeat the trolling accusation unless you genuinely believe it. John Foley dropped it into a discussion to deflect from a polite line of questioning about those in positions of chess authority in ECU and FIDE that he supported in spite of there being evidence that they might...
by J T Melsom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 2678

Re: ECF Online Chess

I've had a weekend off. A bit of exaggeration/hyperbole on my part, but otherwise entirely fair comment. It wasn't me that in response to a robust but polite line of questioning about ECU and FIDE election, accused the questioner of trolling. But I'll defend myself when I believe a line has been cro...
by J T Melsom
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 2678

Re: ECF Online Chess

Nick Faulks lecturing people/organisations on probity :) Remind us where you worked and how the economy works in these off-shore places..
by J T Melsom
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

Check out John Foley's friends. :) Completely unable to handle dissenting views. Its not just on this forum. I asked a question at Council and got a condescending answer. And he is economic with his CV. It took more than one e-mail before his claim to be an ECF Director was corrected by CSC - hope h...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Happy to play anybody but I have to be selected first.. And if its on a Sunday then be prepared for a long slog :)
by J T Melsom
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Some counties seek to avoid 4NCL clashes, other competition organisers seek to minimise clashes with the most obvious events which may not necessarily include all 4NCL events or weekends especially where the weekends are split. Neither are necessarily wrong in approach, but nor can either guarantee ...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Birth v Rating

Evening Mr Foley - would you care to retract your description from October 2018 of me as a troll? You disappeared on the previous occasion.
by J T Melsom
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

And that was my essential point - you can make reasonable efforts to avoid clashes but they will still occur. And the impact will be variable and not necessarily obvious. Bucks as one of the four counties would I suspect be disadvantaged more by a clash with the lower sections of 4NCL than the highe...
by J T Melsom
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Counties are consulted on the Chiltern fixture list, and some dates are blocked as a result. This includes clashes with local congresses , but not necessarily the London Classic which can impact member counties within easy commute of Olympia. Unfair to expect to avoid every clash - the extent of U15...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3141

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

and we have at least one board default :(