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by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

Andrew Walker wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:46 pm

Also 'announcement' rather than 'annoucement'?
Indeed :oops: The post editor here detects typos and spelling errors in posts but not in subject headings.
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

Thanks, it makes more sense now - I did do an uninformative 30 second search on Google before my first post. Not being a Star Wars fan all I could think of was King Kong which didn't seem right and the "big thing" looked rather amorphous in any case!
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:33 am
Eric Gardiner wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:44 am

It just looks like a wintry scene where nothing much is happening
You sure about that?
No, that's why I asked! Is it a scene from a film which I haven't seen?
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 730

ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

Can anyone explain to me the relevance of the photo to the announcement here? https://www.englishchess.org.uk/an-open-and-shut-case/ It just looks like a wintry scene where nothing much is happening. I can't see a chess connection :? A trivial question, although I'm sure some will find a way to turn...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 3377

Re: New National Blitz event

Keith is correct; I was also playing in the Premier at Paignton and might have played in one of the blitz events if it hadn't clashed. I think Keith deserves credit for playing the last round when he'd already won the tournament. (If he had withdrawn I would very likely have got a bye rather than a ...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 3286

Re: Yorkshire grading system

OK Andrew (I've also benefitted from two "free" points for months until the January congress results got entered!). That doesn't directly answer my original question but I imagine a new contact might be announced after tomorrow's YCA AGM. I understand the site will continue to exist for next season ...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 3286

Re: Yorkshire grading system

Does anyone know if it's Jon who is still updating the Chessnuts site with congress results or someone else? I visited the site today for the first time in a week or two and was surprised to see that the 4NCL congress results from earlier in the season had been inputted. However I did notice one mis...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 8250

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

They seem to want it both ways - they want their entry fees but not give them a chance of any prizemoney. That is not good for chess and any player who is under 2051 and wanted to play in the open!! Am I correct in thinking that U-2051s are still eligible for many of the other prizes, so that rathe...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed May 02, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 3286

Re: Yorkshire grading system

I guess my slight worry is that because I find the whole reason/motivation for the original split utterly baffling I can't claim to understand how people might react to us moving over. People :? ? I would have thought most outside Yorkshire would think "thank goodness/deity/expletive for that" ! Or...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2325

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

It's worth pointing out that the position before 7...e5 can also arise via a London move order. In 2016, I played the Black side of a game starting: 1.d4, d5; 2.Bf4, Nf6; 3.e3, c5; 4.c3, cxd4; 5. exd4, Nc6; 6.Bd3, Bg4; 7.Qb3. I have to confess the idea of 7...e5 didn't occur to me at the time! My op...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 1712

Re: Not pressing the clock

On the first occasion, I generally I gesture towards the clock if my opponent fails to press it (does this count as disturbing your opponent?) but don't do anything if it happens again. Although I don't recall failing to press the clock myself I once pressed a digital clock after moving but not hard...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 1232

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

John Hipshon, Phill Beckett, Noel Stewart and myself, along with many others I could name, have done a lot of work this season to try to get `functioning junior systems` up and running within Yorkshire. Your main contribution, as ever, is posting on forums about what other people ought to be doing....
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Andrew
Replies: 40
Views: 5455

Re: No Andrew

I do find the thought of Peter Svidler discussing Mike Surtees' opening repertoire quite amusing :D
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 7550

Re: Tournament Structures

Eric, The top tournaments have cash prizes (eg London Open) but in general these will only be for players above the bar. Everyone else is playing for a token prize such as trophy, bottle or wine or chocolates. The reward for most players is testing themselves against others of s simlar strength and...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 7550

Re: Tournament Structures

Thanks for the information about Go Alison. I looked quickly at the Britgo site and couldn't see any mention of cash prizes. Do players generally just play for trophies? Also, do players of widely differing standards mix much or do they tend to stick with others of similar ability?