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by J T Melsom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 106
Views: 8776

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

I have managed to buy a ticket for round 3 (Monday November 12th). The £45 tickets weren't available for rounds 1 or 2. The tickets for Kasparov-Short and Kasparov-Kramnik were both £20 as far as I can recall, but £45 is the kind of price you can expect to pay to attend a Premier League football ma...
by J T Melsom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Roger, my post clearly acknowledges that there are circumstances where less analysis is required, but it stresses that chess players should not play on automatic pilot especially when relatively inexperienced. It might work for you if you have extensive experience of the opening and know when to slo...
by J T Melsom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Roger's post took less time to post than mine, but I dislike his suggestion that you continue on 'automatic pilot' . I think its just loose wording but even so should never be used in a coaching environment. When faced with a new or unusual move, you evaluate the move and then consider whether the t...
by J T Melsom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I'm not that strong a player but you are right that the move is unusual. The move can be seen to have a purpose, in that it protects the d pawn and develops a piece so is not necessarily 'bad' and at lower levels unlikely to be a decisive error, but the 'd' pawn is adequately protected and the bisho...
by J T Melsom
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5259

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Roger I wasn't expecting unanimity and I was intending to stop posting. . I think my point was really quite simple - namely that I find it hard to conceive of an immigration system where exceptional chess talent should be seen as a priority reason to remain simply because there seem to be so many mo...
by J T Melsom
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5259

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I too see JT's point but the logical extension of his argument seems to be that, if this country happened to have a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who earned only (say) £75,000 a year, then he or she would also be at risk of deportation notwithstanding the clear loss to the country. That's a perfect...
by J T Melsom
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5259

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Why do you totally disagree. It seems to me that although the system is broken, the chess community would be divided both on whether to tighten or liberalise, but also on whether favouritism in any system should be given to exceptionally talented chess players. This is no different to those who play...
by J T Melsom
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Rebranding
Replies: 37
Views: 2464

Re: Rebranding

BK - I thought you might be confused about the status of the forum that's all. I have to say as an ECF member I've always taken the view that detailed debate of the type you seem interested in should be referred directly to those in charge of the decision making/implementation in the first instance ...
by J T Melsom
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5259

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

it would be nice if there were greater freedom of movement. It would be nice if young children were not subject to upheaval of this type. But given the state of immigration policy at present I cannot see a special talent at chess being worthy of prioritisation or exemption. The ECF would be advised ...
by J T Melsom
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Rebranding
Replies: 37
Views: 2464

Re: Rebranding

This is the English Chess Forum, not the English Chess Federation so you would be better sending a message to the Federation office. It is not mandatory for the ECF officers to post here, so whilst some may choose to do so there is a more correct channel of communication. in the case of ongoing issu...
by J T Melsom
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Isn't this the time ...
Replies: 61
Views: 6079

Re: Isn't this the time ...

Nothing to be done.
by J T Melsom
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 10
Views: 1076

Re: New National Blitz event

I'm pretty sure I've seen something further since the spring, but this is the English Chess Forum, not the English Chess Federation so you would be better sending a message to the Federation office. It is not mandatory for the ECF officers to post here, so whilst some may choose to do so there is a ...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Creating a new club website
Replies: 0
Views: 336

Creating a new club website

I am looking at establishing a new cub website , as our existing council hosted site has a number of limitations. I'm not particularly IT literate so am looking for examples of good practice and advice on certain specifics. As well as club new and text articles I'd like to ensure there is an effecti...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 4012

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Roger, this is why it is hard to take your valid criticisms seriously. You and Nick Faulks have hijacked the thread to have a pet debate. Are you happy with the rules in Bucks. Are you happy with the rules in Berks. Are you deterred from playing chess anywhere close to you and what are you doing abo...
by J T Melsom
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 4012

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Roger Both the LPCSL ( clubs now have more relaxed eligibility then historically) and the Central London League use incremental finishes and especially the latter contains players of decent strength in a depth not available in county chess. It did hypothetically cross my mind some years back as to w...