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by Eric Gardiner
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 21
Views: 1860

Re: Quit Stallin'

Chess Direct often have a bookstall at congresses in the North of England.
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 765

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: 765

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: 765

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: 765

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: 50
Views: 4522

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 (If he had withdrawn I would very likely have got a bye rather than a ...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: 3519

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: 3519

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: 8812

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: 3519

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: 2385

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: 1773

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: 1345

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: 5724

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: 7839

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...