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by Paul Buswell
Thu May 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1382

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...
by Paul Buswell
Thu May 10, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261710

Re: Media comments on chess

'Daily Politics' on BBC2 today: Lord Hennessy (Peter Hennessy) describes the West's position vis-à-vis the overall Middle East situation as like playing chess on twelve boards simultaneously, with three of the boards on fire, with perhaps President Trump's most recent action re Iran lighting a fourt...
by Paul Buswell
Sat May 05, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261710

Re: Media comments on chess

Chris Goodall: I think it ill-advised to bring implied negative comments on players' private and legal political beliefs to a chess forum.

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by Paul Buswell
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 9058

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

There's a false assumption there: That having a grading code means the ECF has a record of the date of birth. There are a number of league submissions, for example, that don't submit date of birth information, because they don't collect it. How difficult can it be to check the grading code against ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261710

Re: Media comments on chess

Yesterday's 'Guardian' TV guide pejoratively describes one serial's (McMafia's) progress as having "all the thrilling urgency of correspondence chess played by second-class post".

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by Paul Buswell
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 44646

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Assuming there was an entry fee, presumably it included VAT and the BCF had to send a VAT invoice if requested. That would have been from some time in the late 1970s when it was ruled that VAT would apply to chess entry fees and memberships. In practice it was only the BCF which was affected, provi...
by Paul Buswell
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 44646

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

It sits quite easily ..... I was Controller of the event as a BCF employee, as part of my duties, starting in 1975/76. Mitchell Taylor succeeded me as Controller after maybe 4 or 5 years, I'm not sure. He did so as a BCF volunteer. It remained a BCF event , although Mitchell's style was very much to...
by Paul Buswell
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 44646

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

[what does taking over the UKCC actually mean? I would imagine it would be trying to have an event run with a similar name and structure. There's precedent with the National Schools, which used to be run by the Sunday Times and later the Times without direct BCF involvement. I don't know what perio...
by Paul Buswell
Sun May 08, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Con Power
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

Con Power

By Marc Bryant, Chairman, Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club, re-posted with permission, very minor editing. It’s my sad duty to report the death of Con Power who died at home on Thursday 5 May Con had been the rock on which Hastings Chess was built for over half a century. I first met Con in 1977 at...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing the prison
Replies: 18
Views: 2083

Re: Playing the prison

I remember a couple of friendly matches at Norwich Prison in student days. For one we had been forewarned that disgraced minister John Stonehouse would play, and we drew lots beforehand as to who would play him. For the other we had been asked to list our team a few days beforehand; we gave only ini...
by Paul Buswell
Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Alec Boswell
Replies: 5
Views: 1555

Re: Alec Boswell

Given his support for juniors it is ironic that my clearest memory of Alec is his wish - in the later 1970s, on the BCF Executive Committee - that juniors should not be permitted to play in the various 'amateur' sections of the BCF Congress but that they should be a junior-free zone. Then I thought ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle
Replies: 22
Views: 2927

Re: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle

Was he simply a chess enthusiast who wished to remain anonymous ? I suspect that Paul Buswell knows the answer to this mystery. I can't really add that much. I never met him. As far as I know he was exactly who people say he was: a good (but retired) amateur with a brilliant turn of phrase. Lived i...
by Paul Buswell
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 100 Year History of the British Chess Federation - 2 Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 3099

Re: 100 Year History of the British Chess Federation - 2 Questions

I'm going from memory on this but it was only in the late 1970s that the BCF acquired a 'Board' and 'Directors'. Prior to that (and referring to my 1975/76 Year Book) it was an Executive Committee - @ 30+ oversized (in my view) to ensure wider representation - and a raft of Committees of that Execut...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Independent Commission
Replies: 13
Views: 2093

Re: Independent Commission

Angus French wrote: Members of the WP are..... Suzanne Wood (a former chess player who is now a senior consultant in executive recruitment).
Pedant's corner: she spells her forename irregularly: Suzzane, not Suzanne. (I was her team captain occasionally at uni' back in the early 70s)

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