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by John Swain
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1939

Re: Development News (ECF website)

The ECF website carries the news of Carl Portman's resignation, with immediate effect, from the post of Development Officer: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/development-officer-resignation/ Carl's resignation letter may be found at: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/20191208...
by John Swain
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Arbiter courses

The website says: "The ECF will organise a minimum of three ECF Arbiter Seminars per year... The ECF will aim to increase the number of seminars to a minimum of five per year by 2019." This year there appear to have been two, and I assume there won't now be time for a third. I emailed the Manager o...
by John Swain
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships

The European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships are underway in Tallinn, Estonia including a large English contingent in some of the younger age groups. The Rapid Championship started today and concludes tomorrow with the Blitz Championship on Saturday. For individual and team results, plus detail...
by John Swain
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships
Replies: 8
Views: 459

European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships

The European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships are underway in Tallinn, Estonia including a large English contingent in some of the younger age groups. The Rapid Championship started today and concludes tomorrow with the Blitz Championship on Saturday. For individual and team results, plus details...
by John Swain
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 753
Views: 88164

Re: Cheating in chess

The following is reported in the minutes of the Chess Arbiters Association AGM in the latest edition of Arbiting Matters Too (issue 39): "the FIDE Ethics Commission has returned the resolution of the case resulting from a 4NCL Congress to the ECF. The ECF will now have to consider forming a group t...
by John Swain
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 753
Views: 88164

Re: Cheating in chess

The following is reported in the minutes of the Chess Arbiters Association AGM in the latest edition of Arbiting Matters Too (issue 39): "the FIDE Ethics Commission has returned the resolution of the case resulting from a 4NCL Congress to the ECF. The ECF will now have to consider forming a group to...
by John Swain
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2517

Re: David Welch

I only got to know David fairly well a year or two before his final illness when I helped to organise the Under 19 National Schools Chess Championships in 2016 and then became Organiser in August 2016; David was Chief Arbiter at the Finals in 2016 and 2017, a position he had held for many years. Pri...
by John Swain
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and cricket
Replies: 18
Views: 3626

Re: Chess and cricket

I believe that he also played First team county cricket. I am not sure which county he played for but he was from Nottinghamshire. So he may well have played for them. No record of that here The information I had from Andrew Walker (Notts - not the ECF one!) at the time of Keith Richardson's death ...
by John Swain
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association
Replies: 0
Views: 408

History of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association

Robert Richmond has been researching the history of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association and has unearthed some very interesting material, including the activities of the Nottingham Chess Club (founded in 1829) and the Nottingham Tournament of 1886. See: http://www.nottschess.org/information/histor...
by John Swain
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3196
Views: 351336

Re: Media comments on chess

The Times has an article on p.12 "Chess players make more mistakes when air is polluted":

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/clea ... -98x2cm3g2

I have another excuse to deploy the next time I blunder!
by John Swain
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 16121

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Up thread, I asked a couple of times why the results of the ECF Members' Survey into possible changing to monthly and four-figure grading hadn't included the precise total sample size nor constituent sample sizes, but just the percentages and the rather vague "more than 900 responses". I followed th...
by John Swain
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2662

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

If I'd had the full picture I'd have played differently against them Sorry, John, but I have to say that if you were trying to play the ( perceived ) opponent rather than the position, then you deserved what you got. ... but the position you aim for may well vary depending on the strength of the op...
by John Swain
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 40
Views: 4194

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

From what I know of the situation it seems to me the person in question is a bit of a shambles - unable to get himself to places on time; unable to conduct his activities/deal with any issues he may have without inconveniencing people due to lack of communication; perhaps even too much of a shamble...
by John Swain
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 40
Views: 4194

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

There may be some confusion about the ECF Accredited Coaches Scheme. The regulations for becoming an ECF Accredited Coach are surprisingly still on the website in the "ECF Documents" section: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coaches.pdf I say surprisingly because there was ...
by John Swain
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 4763

Re: Handshakes

The Chess Arbiters Association has published some helpful clarification about the January 2018 FIDE Laws: Article 5: The completion of the game 5.1.1 The game is won by the player who has checkmated his opponent’s king. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the checkmate p...