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by Reg Clucas
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 162
Views: 10524

Re: Membership Renewal

Paul Robert Jackson wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:02 pm
Anybody have any updates on the numbers who are renewing their memberships?
Well, those of us with access to the organisers' area do, but I'm not sure we should publish it here. No doubt the ECF will do so when they feel it is appropriate.
by Reg Clucas
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 875
Views: 41315

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Of course, a few years after "Fools Mate" there was "Pawn Hearts" - has Hammill ever talked about chess in interviews etc? Don't know, but there are numerous chess references in his works in addition to those you mention, e.g. - - Cover art for "H to He..." is entitled "Checkmate", although there i...
by Reg Clucas
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1525

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

It's not an original because at the bottom of the scoresheet is printed "Send 5p in stamps..." - decimal currency was not introduced until 1971!
by Reg Clucas
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407543

Re: Media comments on chess

by Reg Clucas
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rooks and castles
Replies: 24
Views: 952

Re: Rooks and castles

Just before the lockdown an elderly gent visited our club with a view to joining, having not played for many years. He was very puzzled that people were using the word 'Rook'.
by Reg Clucas
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 73
Views: 7274

Re: July 2020 grades

Simon Rogers wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:47 pm
Are we expecting a August update for grades this week?
There is to be an August update, though when exactly I don't know.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Games with no captures
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Games with no captures

There was a thread a while ago about the longest game without any piece being captured, but I can't find it. Anyway, in today's final round of the Georgian women's championship, the game Arabidze-Gvetadze was drawn in 62 moves without any captures.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Summary of the new grading system?
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Summary of the new grading system?

Details of FIDE Elo rating calculations are here. Table 8.1b shows expected score according to rating difference. This table is used to calculate rating changes as described in section 8.5.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11815

Re: Hope for our society!

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:22 am

Al-yekk-in, which I believe is the Russian pronunciation?
My erstwhile Ukrainian club mate told me it is pronounced Al-yokk-in.
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Annoying message on Lichess
Replies: 9
Views: 951

Re: Annoying message on Lichess

It seems silly to have these messages at all at fast time controls. It's only really a problem at longer time controls when people sometimes let their clock run down with 10 or 20 minutes left.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1361

Re: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020

The correct link is https://www.heraldscotland.com/announce ... h_Mac_Rae/.

Sorry to hear this, I played him at the British a few years ago.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 28991

Re: End of an era

I think there was a certain snob value in quoting prices in guineas. Also, it enabled a 5% price mark-up without it being too obvious, e.g. 20 guineas = £21.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 1900

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

MCO 11. But these days I tend to use 365chess.com.
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 28, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 7:44 pm
Are you able to share your reasons?
Because I know him well and it's not the sort of thing he would be involved in. But to eliminate all doubt I will ask him and report back.
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 28, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 7:22 pm
but perhaps the Stephen Ward playing for Altrincham and Hale, graded 73, may be the man you're looking for?
I very much doubt it!