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by Paul Douglass
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7298

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Despite the defensive nature of my recent posts, I was simply replying to the ludicrous nature of Brian Tower's suggestion that there was dodginess about our friendly, good natured tournament. I don't recall anyone making complaints on the day. But there's obviously some people who can't be pleased....
by Paul Douglass
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7298

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Paul, it was announced beforehand that the pairings were going to be changed where local players were paired together (so in the first round I wasn't surprised to be paired against somebody with a very similar grade to myself) and one local player was given 3 cash prizes! Normal practice is maximum...
by Paul Douglass
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 7298

Re: ECF Agm 2017

In Durham it is mainly rapid tournaments. Earlier in the year there was a rather dodgy rapid in Thornaby where it was announced beforehand that the "arbiter" would be fiddling the pairings in favour of local players. Less controversially there is a rapid team tournament called the "Ron Evers" - htt...
by Paul Douglass
Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Chess Forum player of the year: The Poll
Replies: 46
Views: 7074

Re: English Chess Forum player of the year: The Poll

Voted for Keith Arkell, Jonathan Hawkins, David Howell and Brendan O'Gorman. Keith - fantastic ambassador for English Chess and still going strong after all these years! The Hawk due to a meteoric rise without any support the ECF. David Howell in getting ever so close to the 2700 mark. Brendan O'Gor...
by Paul Douglass
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 124
Views: 15963

Re: The Death of League Chess?

Yes, I did think Newcastle (and above) was doing all right :) The Durham/Cleveland leagues are in considerably more worrying health but it really has been an all round horrible few decades for 'Boro/some of the ex mining places in Durham :( Leeds chess is actually a bit of a special case. The origi...
by Paul Douglass
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Cinderella man of chess
Replies: 19
Views: 4022

Re: The Cinderella man of chess

Well done Keith - you're an inspiration to me. I've got your book but would love you to write/publish one on your favourite endings from your own games with a littering of maybe your peers, such as Ulf Andersson.

Good luck with your future - the way you're going presently, you don't need much!! :D
by Paul Douglass
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Chess books/dvds for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 2246

Chess books/dvds for sale

Hello all, I need space and am looking to sell the majority of my chess book/DVD collection. I'm interesting in selling in bulk, due to some unforeseen changes in my life. I'm not giving up chess and very much looking forward to the new season ahead! Anyone interested, or has any contacts for sellin...
by Paul Douglass
Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3081
Views: 337016

Re: Media comments on chess

Which bit of 'steal cars, chase and gun down thieves' do you think is inaccurate? It's a video game, not a catechism. Shouldn't we be celebrating the fact that The Times led with chess in an editorial rather than accusing it of 'sanctimonious pomposity'? Not especially, no. I think we ought to look...
by Paul Douglass
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: We're goin' to Vegas!!!
Replies: 68
Views: 8160

Re: We're goin' to Vegas!!!

In my first year of playing, I'm pretty sure I had a sandbagger throw a game to me in the last round of a congress, neither of us were on for any prize money. I had black and said player seemed to play very passively the whole game (and it would have had to be very passively, I was a 90 grade and d...
by Paul Douglass
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3045
Views: 135165

Re: lack of

Nice to see a sincere reply off a moderator.
by Paul Douglass
Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Sean Hewitt resigns
Replies: 83
Views: 10962

Re: Sean Hewitt resigns

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Paul Douglass wrote:Nothing regarding your opinion of the post. I quoted it due to your link to the S&B blog.

It's just another post from Justin Horton criticising an organisation he's never been an officer of.
Why is this so relevant?
It is relevant to the S&B posts quoted in this thread by Carl.
by Paul Douglass
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: St Albans Congress, Sat 5th - Sun 6th April 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2914

Re: St Albans Congress, Sat 5th - Sun 6th April 2014

Michael Flatt wrote:Very good photo's, Brendan.

It brings back memories as though it was only yesterday.
Thank you Brendan to your photos of this and every other congress you attend. I find it interesting to put a face to a name.

Your work is much appreciated though it looks more a labour of love!! :)
by Paul Douglass
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nottingham 1936
Replies: 7
Views: 2188

Re: Nottingham 1936

Robert Richmond has written a book on the Nottingham International Tournament of 1936, one of the strongest events ever, judged by the top players involved. See http://nottschess.org/book/index.php He invites comments by email; his details may be found at: http://nottschess.org/ Robert accesses the...
by Paul Douglass
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Sean Hewitt resigns
Replies: 83
Views: 10962

Re: Sean Hewitt resigns

What it needs less of is people chuntering from the sidelines while not contributing an awful lot themselves. Two things overwhelmed me today. The first was the number of pleasant comments and e-mails about the National Club, and also general e-mails from other people who read the e-mail. I think i...
by Paul Douglass
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: chesscafe.com
Replies: 45
Views: 12824

Re: chesscafe.com

Matt Mackenzie wrote:It seems the "relaunch" date has been put back to June now.
I hope the wait is worth it.

This is one of my favourite chess portals and hope the guest writers are kept as their content was top notch.

Let's hope the substance is still there and not just a glossy overhaul without the content. :?