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by Andy McCulloch
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 94
Views: 7073

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: 3102
Views: 340986

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: 18985

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: 1479

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: 5870

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: 18985

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: 877

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: 5679

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: 7045

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: 632
Views: 76678

Re: Cheating in chess

Hit the + sign to turn off autoplay.
by Andy McCulloch
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 6533

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

Only one minute and 5400 posts behind Carl.
by Andy McCulloch
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 6533

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

You simply hit the + sign again. If you hover over it, you are told that it toggles between off and on.
by Andy McCulloch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PaySubsOnline
Replies: 13
Views: 1981

Re: PaySubsOnline

After reading all the responses, I tried to renew using the link from the Federation membership page, and it failed, again.
I then tried using the link suggested by Michael Flatt, and succeeded in renewing my membership at the first attempt. Thank you Michael.
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PaySubsOnline
Replies: 13
Views: 1981

Re: PaySubsOnline

I can't even get that far. The program steadfastly refuses to recognise my password, even saying when I try to reset it that the two identical phrases do not match.
The office was unable to renew my membership when I gave in and tried phoning.
by Andy McCulloch
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 4425

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

Surely DGT use RFIDs not magnets. There are only two magnetic poles, insufficient by a large margin for chess pieces. Separate RFIDs at either end of a rook may be distinguishable, but I do not know enough about the technology to be sure. There would certainly be a big task to update all the existin...