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by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2019 Aeroflot Open
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: 2019 Aeroflot Open

Mamedov switched lines from the French Advance to the Tarrasch - I wasn't paying enough attention to see what other opening changes were made elsewhere. I wonder if anybody will keep the aborted games for posterity. I hope nobody wasted a decent novelty, or a new line.
by J T Melsom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 42
Views: 1533

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Probably waiting Vogon membership of the IOC.
by J T Melsom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1252

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

Except that as per the concern in the original post this adjustment of the clocks is left a bit vague and discretionary - what does equitable mean? You might make an adjustment based on moves in a playing session, but less easily if a guillotine finish were involved.
by J T Melsom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Ask The Director - Just a Marketing Con?

I received a very full answer within 24 hours. Perhaps your question has fallen through the gaps as sometimes happens in professional as well as predominantly volunteer organisations?
by J T Melsom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 42
Views: 1533

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

There are already too many sports in the Olympics.
by J T Melsom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1252

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I suspect that many match captains are not sufficiently up to date with the rules themselves. Knowledge of rule changes tends to be quite erratic. Nor are rule breaches confined to the new player - conveniently failing to keep score is a regular tactic of at least one local player. And then of cours...
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 round FIDE weekenders?
Replies: 11
Views: 703

Re: 4 round FIDE weekenders?

Its worth considering. For me the prospect of less variation in the opponents playing strength would be a plus point , as distinct from the weak/strong alternation which you often get. One less round wouldn't worry me, as although I'll usually play a third round in a day at Hampstead for example I s...
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Not unless you wish to be. Nick Faulks is continuing to treat other posters with disdain and I'm simply standing up for myself. I'll stop when he does. But as he doesn't see anything that merits apology and he's somewhat more prolific in his posts, I'll probably stop earlier than him to preserve my ...
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

We met once at a Council meeting or in the pub afterwards. I've no real interest in you either, but I do expect to be treated courteously and not to have my words twisted. The anonymous friends simply confirmed that what I was experiencing wasn't atypical behaviour. I have a frank exchange of views ...
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Nick Faulks- the reference to your conduct is 100% accurate and I asked you to correct your post at the time. I received private messages in support and confirming that you have a similar unpleasant way of doing business with others. If you continue to treat people in this way, they may bite back.
by J T Melsom
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Nick Grey - relax it was a joke! And besides the reputation of Surrey club and county officers for disputes has been acknowledged for decades, and has been referred to in this place by Surrey members. Its hardly abuse. On the other hand I've been called 'morally dubious' by yourself, a 'troll' by Jo...
by J T Melsom
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Or a section just for people from Surrey so they can argue with themselves and spare the rest of us :wink:
by J T Melsom
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12850

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

I agree with Angus. Whilst there is nothing wrong with new threads partially duplicating others, its preferable that for discussion of substantive issues posters can follow the debate in one place rather than two, and are not then tempted or obliged to post the same comments twice over. Merger would...
by J T Melsom
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2117

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

The premise that you should take money from anyone is morally dubious, I don't seriously believe its a view you would hold in all instances. Of course it is up to the ECF to reach a view, though that hasn't stopped David posting the poll or you and others expressing a view here ECF members or not. I...
by J T Melsom
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2117

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

I think I can draw my own conclusion then. I actually found the previous thread quite difficult to follow as to where the ethical lines were being drawn by contributors, and much of the debate also took place privately. I hope my summation is a fair representation of your views. That was all I was a...