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by Colin Purdon
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1594

Re: Britbase Question

It's slightly weird. As has already been pointed out the piece images are giving 403 errors but if you access them directly in then address bar with https then they work fine (eg https://www.saund.co.uk/pgn4web-3.03/images/merida/36/bk.png ). The first complaint on the https page is about the twitte...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1937

Re: The word rook and Persia

For the record, my copy of the OED (published 1979, copyright 1971) has this statement regarding the derivation of the chess sense of rook: "The ultimate source is the Pers. rukh , the original sense of which is doubtful". I don't have access to the 1752 edition, for the good reasons already mention...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 40481

Re: Chess history trivia

Did he order Falk beer over the counter?
by Colin Purdon
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: What are the safeguards ?

The bookmark function on the ECF grading website doesn't seem to work correctly. It is quite annoying not being able to directly copy the url of the page being viewed. For some obscure reason the function was deliberately decommissioned a few years ago. It is indeed annoying. I believe that the boo...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

I too was bemused by the photo and when I saw your post I thought I'd dig a bit deeper (by which I mean I Googled the photo). Apparently the photo contains a Star Wars reference (I assume the big thing that looks vaguely like a knight's head, though I could be wrong). This link has more details: htt...
by Colin Purdon
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rudiger von Saldern 15/4/1933 - 18/9.2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Re: Rudiger von Saldern 15/4/1933 - 18/9.2018

This is very sad news. Rudiger was always very friendly and he will be greatly missed by all the Guernsey regulars. RIP Rudi.
by Colin Purdon
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3037
Views: 133889

Re: The English Language

These memorials are observed by some Christian communities, as I know from Orthodox friends. I have only heard them described by the time period, for example "40 day service (or memorial)". If there is a technical word in English, l haven't heard it .
by Colin Purdon
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October

Thank you for the information, Chris. That must have been a real headache for Mike, I hope the events go well.
by Colin Purdon
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October

The 4NCL web site gives Harben House as the venue for this event - I assume that the venue has changed since the original announcement?
by Colin Purdon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dodgy Download?
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Dodgy Download?

It didn't install ChessBase Reader for me, but maybe that's because I've already got the full ChessBase program installed. Come to think of it, I already had Chessbase Reader installed (and full Chessbase), and the Reader is what runs "Chess Informant 123 Hawaiian" on my PC - obviously that could b...
by Colin Purdon
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dodgy Download?
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Dodgy Download?

It looks like a dodgy download, not least because the actual link (http://sut5.co.uk/...etcetc) is different from the text in the email (http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/...etcetc) so it is natural to be suspicious. However, as others have mentioned, it downloads and installs fine. The ins...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3393

Re: Touch move claims

Although one can construct positions where forcing your opponent to retract an illegal does not lead to an advantage to you, I would think that it does in about 90% of cases? In any case, it is what the laws require! But is a touch-move violation an illegal move? Apparently not according to the Fid...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Richmond Rapidplays
Replies: 53
Views: 8973

Re: Richmond Rapidplays

I for one would welcome its return, and would probably play 2-3 times per year.
by Colin Purdon
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Objection to Digital clocks
Replies: 57
Views: 8010

Re: Objection to Digital clocks

The Surrey Border League has a rule that has that effect for Division 1: "... where a suitable digital clock is available, the default time control shall be a Fischer time control of all moves in 80 minutes initial time allocation plus an increment of 10 seconds per move." There is nothing prohibit...