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by Andy McCulloch
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5304

Re: July 2020 grades

I have to disagree with Mr Thurlow,the results are not all in. My games from Blackpool, not that good but 50%, are not there. Blackpool does not appear to have submitted any results.
by Andy McCulloch
Sun May 17, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2739

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

To have 6 cheats in the top 10, but only 8 out of the remaining 1525, would seem to indicate that cheating is fairly low on average. It would also seem that those who do cheat, do it extensively, and are not very subtle about it.
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25408

Re: Worrying times

In the board game 'Pandemic' Madagascar was always the first place to close its borders

Regarding freezers, I have been unable to purchase a chest freezer of any size. The earliest delivery offered was in 28 days.
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25408

Re: Worrying times

Did Madagascar close down in time this year?
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 13871

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

I first entered the British in Llandudno (2017) and played in Hull the following year(2018). Despite not playing very well, I enjoyed both events. I booked accommodation in Torquay (2019) fairly early, and looked forward to the event. I eventually decided not to enter because of the cost of actually...
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3620
Views: 397013

Re: Media comments on chess

Well, there has already been one increment.
by Andy McCulloch
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 22576

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

In December (25th) I noted that three of seven congresses I had taken part in had not appeared in the list of events submitted to the ECF Grading team. Only one of these has appeared in the following three and a half weeks. One of those missing was fairly early in the season, end of September, while...
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 2361

Re: Past recollection a split topic

From the Chess Scotland website, grading 'search players' Bearsden :- 1 [1] 16689 GM Jacob Aagaard 15 2482 2462 -20 2 [2] 21675 IM Andrew N Greet 25 2440 2400 -40 3 [3] 15053 Stuart A White 40 2114 2109 -5 4 [5] 6425 Jeff R L Webb 5 1994 1974 -20 Updated on a weekly basis. According to website Jeff ...
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 6665

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Obsessive? I think you really meant obscene Andrew. To be honest I have to agree with Geoff, the money available to the 'top echelon' of chess players is out of proportion to the benefit they provide to the chess playing public. The London Classic this year provided little in the way of entertainmen...
by Andy McCulloch
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 22576

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Some improvement in the speedy reporting of congress results will certainly be needed for any monthly grading. I have taken part in seven events in England so far this season. Results for only four of these congresses are presently available on the grading site, and three of these were at the Britis...
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Scotland - Och aye! They've nae got a bean
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Re: Chess Scotland - Och aye! They've nae got a bean

Membership numbers quoted are too high by a factor of ten.
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 6332

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

The most irritating behaviour I have encountered was from one junior who left the board immediately after making his move. Upon his return he would ask "What did you move?". After about 15 or so instances of this, I said "If you sit at the table you will see it", and refused to tell him. He almost b...
by Andy McCulloch
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: East Devon Open, 23-25 February
Replies: 90
Views: 9178

Re: East Devon Open, 23-25 February

Well, I have an interest in this, having played in the British last summer. I am a member of both Chess Scotland (grade 1086) and The English Chess Federation (grade 95A) this year. Last year I gained a rather inflated Fide rating of 1454, since reduced to 1440. I play nearly as much outside Scotlan...
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117409

Re: Cheating in chess

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