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by Colin Purdon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

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: 1106

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: 740

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: 1065

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: 3025
Views: 125922

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: 745

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: 745

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: 2082

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: 2082

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: 3271

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: 8766

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: 7805

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...
by Colin Purdon
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12366

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

Whilst few games may actually go to adjudication, it would be interesting to know how many stop in the anticipation of adjudication and are then decided by computer analysis. The motion goes much farther than saying that only games which are subject to adjournment are not gradable. According to htt...
by Colin Purdon
Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12366

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

Is there any evidence that adjudicated games (or games subject to adjudication, if that is the criterion) provide skewed or inaccurate results for rating purposes? I am no fan of adjudication, but in the absence of such evidence, I see no good reason to exclude them and have less data on which to ba...