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by Paul Buswell
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5211

Re: July 2019 grades......

So then the club will just make up dates and colours before they send them off to Julie. This ticks the box so bureaucrats can pat themselves on the back, but it doesn't actually address the underlying issue. Some battles aren't worth the time fighting, particularly this one given information like ...
by Paul Buswell
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5211

Re: July 2019 grades......

I remember in February 2018, the FIDE February list was published before the ECF January one. The FIDE September list was published today, the same as the ECF August list, too. You're not comparing like with like though. The ECF publishes once when it thinks the list is correct. FIDE publishes what...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Legitimate procedure in making a move?
Replies: 23
Views: 1416

Re: Legitimate procedure in making a move?

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Heh. Is it insulting to write down your opponent's move before they make it if they only have one move they can make? :mrgreen:
At the level I play at, yes: they should come to a realisation of the position for themselves.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange happening
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Re: Strange happening

Club colleagues and I pop over to northern France two or three times a year for Sunday rapidplays. One of the regular local participants always has his small dog with him in the playing hall; it is completely well-behaved and no one seems to bat an eyelid. Rather more distracting was the young fathe...
by Paul Buswell
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?

The ECF office is in process of issuing said invoices and should finish the bulk of them this week, d.v.
by Paul Buswell
Fri May 03, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12936

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

I'm not suggesting that the ECF starts paying volunteers. But perhaps we should start considering that? To the most senior ECF volunteers.... Not a proper salary or anything near - that at the moment is financial cloud cuckoo land. But perhaps a reasonable honorarium as some recognition of the huge...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13023

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Assuming the same process as last year, ECF will be invoicing leagues and clubs (for clubs' internal results) for players who (a) played more games than permitted for a non-member; (b) were not ECF members at (Junior) Bronze or higher. Invoicing should start as soon as possible after the grading tea...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13023

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I have a grading proposal. Can we please have the February update? I know of at least one player who entered an event in January as a Bronze member and needs to be upgraded by the ECF in time to enter another event this month without having to pay another £7.50. Isn't that the membership list rathe...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 1149

Re: Grading Database offline?

I reported it by e-mail to the relevant ECF unpaid volunteers just after 13:00. When someone will be able to act I have no reason to know.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334651

Re: Media comments on chess

fwiw ECF President Dominic Lawson is on BBC Radio 4 'Any Questions;' tonight at 8:00 p.m.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334651

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC1 at sometime this morning between maybe 6 and 8 had their Mike Bushell previewing an underwater chess tournament. I didn't pay much attention as it was just so naff.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 8659

Re: Hastings

Anyone contemplating the shortish walk from St Leonards Warrior Square station to the venue, with suitcase, should be warned that it is situated at the highest point of the South Downs. I'm puzzled: what prompted this post? Has it a tongue in cheek element which has completely passed me by? Hasting...
by Paul Buswell
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 6464

Re: How many casual players?

It is a long long time ago, and I have been caught out recently by failing memory, but I have a recollection of a big survey (NRS maybe?) in the early 80s that was showing 7 to 9% of the more-or-less-adult population playing, albeit casually, at least once a year.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 2229

Re: AGM Minutes

Am I alone in feeling uncomfortable that the ECF President voted (albeit by proxy)? Perhaps I'm old-fashioned but I'd prefer a non-executive President not to vote, other than from the chair with a casting vote.
by Paul Buswell
Thu May 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1674

Longueurs at tournaments

How do people cope between rounds at weekend congresses? Quite often I will have a couple of hours between games, if not longer. Other than intensive reading (if I can find somewhere quiet-ish) I get pretty bored; and not knowing when my game will finish makes it difficult to plan alternative activi...