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by Alex McFarlane
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4336

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

For clarification My comment about players appearing from nowhere and giving good performances was a general statement and not specific (as Carl requested). This can be a problem in Minor and Major sections at weekenders (giving a partial answer to Justin). And replying to Mick regarding the anti-so...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4336

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

There is no doubt that cheating is a problem in chess. However, there is not a great deal of it going on relatively speaking. That is not to minimise the problem. However, a significantly greater problem is a player’s concerns that his opponent may be cheating. Just as smoking has become socially un...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

There are two reasons for the last round of the Hastings Masters not starting earlier. The first has been hinted at. Feedback received has been that players generally prefer to play in the afternoon and to have consistent round times. Another reason though is that there is a weekend congress taking ...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2184

Re: European Club Cup

Stories of some of the inexperienced arbiters, especially in the past are legion. Phil Giulian made a claim by repetition. His arbiter did exactly the same as the one in Nick's game. In a game his wife, Rosie, had she asked for a continuation scoresheet on reaching move 60 to be told she could not g...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2366

Re: David Welch

There is now an obituary to Dave on the CAA website.

http://chessarbitersassociation.co.uk/h ... aries.html
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 37
Views: 2928

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:58 am
We look forward to seeing the pairings
So do I!! :D

I will look at this at the end of the week and let the teams know.

Like you I would like to wait until after weekend 2 before finalising the pairings but that, because of the complications, might make things extremely difficult.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2366

David Welch

I'm sorry to report that David Welch, the past ECF Chief Arbiter, died early this morning.

The 4NCL will observe a moments silence before the start of play today.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 37
Views: 2928

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

I've got here without too much trouble. I did leave quite early in case of difficulties. Took a bit longer than usual. Traffic on the A1 is slow moving... but moving! Reception says it has been quite bad today round about but hotel is open. I've been told by one of the teams that the Boat Inn has ha...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6261

Re: Council Papers are out

Presumably so The ECF eNewsletter October 2019 could break the news. My understanding is that when the ECF papers announced that an appointment had been made the interviews hadn't even taken place. Some might feel that having made a premature announcement the ECF was forced into appointing one of t...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20
Replies: 31
Views: 2178

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20

Neil Graham wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:22 am
Javi Garcia, former Watson boss
An elementary mistake my dear.
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 13487

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:56 pm
There must be confidence that sponsors can be found to pay for it all
4. 2. 1. All players pay their own cost of travel, accommodation and meals for the duration of their stay.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange happening
Replies: 19
Views: 1910

Re: Strange happening

Before my time but the arbiter was the late Richard Furness. I was told the story by David Welch. If I have the story correct the player wanted the stuffed toy to sit on the table watching his game. The opponent objected so Richard produced a chair for the toy to sit at but that was not good enough....
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40748

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Should there be written warnings displayed at the board and/or on posters in playing venues rather than verbal announcements at the start of rounds/events? No matter what you do players will not see it. A number of years ago round 7 of the Scottish started an hour early to allow for the weekend con...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40748

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Can we please stop saying that Charlie Storey won by default. It was a win by forfeit and therefore counts as a normal win would. In the situation given it is easy to feel sympathy for players like Lorin. However, imagine you are the opponent. If you are playing someone and you know they have taken ...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2946

Re: How do I?

Hi Paul,

On your first screenshot click on the Accept Conditions for Use box and it produces another screen which allows you to enter another code.