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by Ian Thompson
Thu May 23, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 187
Views: 8273

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Perhaps, we could put an amendment to the next Council meeting, restricting Council members (Directors, Members Reps included) from representing more than two constituencies (proxies included). This may put the impetus onto local leagues/associations to elected their own delegates, in turn that wou...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 18
Views: 775

Re: Two handed castling

I was recently sat next to a game where a player picked up King and Rook (simultaneously) two-handed intending to castle, upon which his opponent correctly said this was an illegal move... That sounds to me like the opponent objected prematurely. If the player had the king in one hand and the rook ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 68
Views: 7861

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 12:15 pm
I have to admit I thought Informator had bought it and was considering getting a copy to see if I liked it.
They definitely had some involvement 3 years ago. The person who approached me was Josip Asik and he had links to both the Chess Informant and BCM websites in his e-mail signature.
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 22, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 68
Views: 7861

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Have a guess at the total budget we were allowed for monthly magazine production... :shock: From this minuscule budget we had to pay (or not !) contributors, source photographs, typesetting, etc etc. I probably saved them 50p three years ago by declining to annotate a game of mine from a recent tou...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 19, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 187
Views: 8273

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

The reason we don't have all that many title-norm tournaments in this country, for example, looks mostly like a lack of money issue Given the choice between spending ten days in Majorca and ten days in Birmingham ( city chosen at random, no offence intended ) most norm seekers seem quite happy to h...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 19, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6612

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I know this is a bit of an old topic now but I just had an idea that is the best of both worlds - why not do monthly grades for under 18s and leave the rest to be 6 monthly, then we could also do away with the guesstimate ratings for juniors and be able to use whatever their current rating for calc...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 18, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

I am the only Qualified Teacher that is a Chess Master and a FIDE Trainer... FIDE lists over 200 FIDE Senior Trainers on their website, many of whom are also well known players with IM or GM titles, as well as over 1000 FIDE Trainers, some of whom are also well known players with IM or GM titles. H...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 18, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Ian...do you think we should take away Titles if the player is miles away from the requirement...its a bit like false representation that you are a Master. When a title is awarded for life of course you shouldn't take it away if the qualification criteria are no longer met. A knowledgeable person r...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 18, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Charlie Storey wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 4:47 pm
Will this be the first time I am wrong in this thread....nope.
That's something I'm sure we can all agree on.
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 17, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Charlie Storey wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 pm
I am looking forward to playing in one of the strongest Opens in Europe ...
Really? The current entry list has one player rated just over 2600, 10 between 2500 and 2600, and the median rating is about 2100. That looks like a pretty average strength open to me.
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 16, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

I think it has higher status than a bullet tournament on some server or other. It's clearly quantity that counts, not quality. I was wondering how many genuine open tournaments I'd won. I remembered 6 straight away, thought of a 7th 10 minutes later, and 2 hours later I've just remembered 3 more, s...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 16, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5766

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Charlie Storey wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 6:15 pm
More than 168 official Open Victories in a mixture of Standard Play / Rapidplay / Blitz / Bullet.
... and Lightning according to your list (by which I assume you mean having to move on a buzzer sounding every 10 seconds).
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1945

Re: What if a player falls ill....

Wouldn't say mean spirited, but if the event has a buffet it might take a law to convince the arbiter to put down the sandwich and pick up a phone ;) That obviously wouldn't work. If there was a buffet the arbiter would be blissfully unaware of anything (else) happening in the playing hall. :lol:
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 15, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 187
Views: 8273

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Roger has been a respected figure in English chess for a very long time and has no reputation either for getting facts wrong ... I think there's a good chance his pre-Finance Council meeting e-mail to Gold members was factually inaccurate in his comparisons of the ECF, the French Chess Federation, ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 15, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1276

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

How common is it for people to move between teams for reasons other than a team ceasing to exist? Leaving a team because it's been relegated would be an obvious reason for a less loyal player moving. A team captain bringing in more paid players and not selecting previously regularly playing amateur...