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by John Foley
Wed May 12, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: Chess clubs by size

Let's put the question another way. Suppose a wealthy individual wanted to set up a European Super Chess League and desired to include the top four clubs by size/strength, which English clubs (not teams) would be vying to apply?
by John Foley
Fri May 07, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: Chess clubs by size

Clubs are the backbone of chess giving the noble game a social infrastructure and a nurturing environment for would-be players. However clubs have suffered, and are suffering under, Covid restrictions. Subscriptions to ECF have declined as players have not been able to play regularly over the board ...
by John Foley
Tue May 04, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Chess clubs by size

Can someone construct a list of chess clubs ordered by size? Some constraints: a) the members should have played a rated game for the club at least once within the last three years b) for bona fide members of more than one club, count them as (a) full members or (b) pro-rata members c) include onlin...
by John Foley
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 International Women of Courage
Replies: 11
Views: 2508

Re: 2021 International Women of Courage

Excellent recognition from the USA. Has the UK government made any such awards?
by John Foley
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: History of Chess Clubs

by John Foley
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2634
Views: 217344

Re: Cheating in chess

The 4NCL Fair Play Report gives the following useful information: The statistics for Season 2 are below: - 11 players were banned due to fair play violations; - 11 other players were banned by Lichess, for whom the weight of statistical evidence did not support the 4NCL overturning results (e.g. the...
by John Foley
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE approve Online Chess Regulations
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: FIDE approve Online Chess Regulations

9.9 Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted when visible on camera.
Perhaps the fear is that smoke may obscure the camera.
by John Foley
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3982

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

Is there a list of chess players who have declined honours?
by John Foley
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2059
Views: 123936

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Here is the bit about "restrictions on participation in gatherings" as it now stands: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684/regulation/5 Paragraph (1) of regulation 5 now says that a person must not participate in a gathering of more than six people. But it creates several exceptions to that...
by John Foley
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: History of Chess Clubs

John Swain wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:46 pm
ECF webmaster Andrew Walker has started a section on the history of chess at club, league and county levels
This level of efficiency from the ECF is frankly incredible. Congratulations to Andrew Walker.
by John Foley
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: History of Chess Clubs

Keep them rolling in. Here is a brief sketch of the history of Kingston Chess Club which needs to be filled out.
by John Foley
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: History of Chess Clubs

It would be great if the ECF kept a page of links to chess histories - for club or county. Perhaps we can start here with a list of histories. This may inspire others to write a history of their area. I am aware that Roy Maddock compiled a 117-page history of Harrow Chess Club for its centenary in 2...
by John Foley
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

History of Chess Clubs

Some traditional chess clubs may not survive Covid given the medical risks associated with over the board play. We need to prepare for the worst. Chess has been a marvellous source of competitive recreation for tens of thousands of people since it was popularised in Victorian times. Future generatio...
by John Foley
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen Problem
Replies: 40
Views: 2727

Re: Carlsen Problem

Richard Bates wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:25 am
So basically Magnus is a bit rubbish then?
Not as a blindfold exercise for 9 year-olds.