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by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

Neil, Why is the competition a "schools" competition rather than a "junior club" competition? How would you react to, say, a Scout Troop wanting to enter?
by Michael Farthing
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 AGM Agenda Published
Replies: 2
Views: 281

2018 AGM Agenda Published

The agenda for the AGM is on the website. Couple of potentially controversial items: Revised budget for the current year is to be tabled. Revised membership rates to be tabled (moving away from the 5 year plan that was promised continuation in April). But there are no details yet so - hey - maybe me...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 83
Views: 5328

Re: London chess classic

Right folks! Close the thread. No point in discussing a chess tournament if there's no skullduggery to agonise over.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Voting Register 2018-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: ECF Council Voting Register 2018-2019

Can't, at the moment, check the game counts for the league I represent but what you've done looks very good, Michael. Thank you. Its not so much the count of games - any mistake there is likely to be a fault in grading submissions. The real thing to look at is to make sure all the events are correc...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Voting Register 2018-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 407

ECF Council Voting Register 2018-2019

As the ECF Voting Registration Officer I have today arranged for the new style year long voting register for ECF Council to be on the ECF website (under Council Papers). Garry Willson of the ECF Office always describes the production of this document as "a dark art" and indeed it is not always easy ...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 366
Views: 19494

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

IanCalvert wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:12 am

even Quakers, can be corrupted by power.
Well goodness gracious me, I take strong exception to that! Friend, thinkest thou not that thou shouldst wash thy mouth out with soap and water?
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club
Replies: 66
Views: 2613

Re: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club

Start of season. A vague concept which could be any of (i) When your club says it starts (ii) When your league says it starts (iii) At the start of the ECF Grading year (1 July, but arguably twice a year and including 1 February :-) ) (iv) At the start of the ECF membership year Well, you've mention...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

Nick Grey wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:02 pm
but it seems only chess players or businesses demand free and hi capacity wifi internet
Nick, you are clearly far more out of touch with the World than me - which is quite an achievement!
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: using Open office
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: using Open office

ٍI've spent about an hour on this. Soheil does have a difficult task. I failed to get my (rather old) version of Open Office to do this but then tried it on the fork package Libre Office and (more or less) got it to work. In that package in the Paragraph formatting, Alignment tab there is an option ...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

Some hotels might for good reasons not have great coverage but I'm quite surprised that a hotel would charge for wifi. My experience is that you ask at reception for a password and that's that. But I suppose I go to cheaper hotels which obviously must offer better service in order to compete.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club
Replies: 66
Views: 2613

Re: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club

No problem then. Thank you for the courteous response.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club
Replies: 66
Views: 2613

Re: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club

Alex is not an official of, or player in, the league in question. Why would he be expected to know what its definition of a bona fide member is? Jack Last time I looked Alex Holowczak was the Director of Home Chess although he has resigned with effect from the 13th October 2018. so as an official o...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Phil Ehr
Replies: 37
Views: 6397

Re: Phil Ehr

Oh that was long ago - it has a much more sensible membership now doesn't it, Nick? :-)
by Michael Farthing
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

There are loads of horses in Newmarket. There are none in Manchester.

I'm going Cartmel. (With fond memories of a debauched youth: err.. Could we afford a third round?).
by Michael Farthing
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2636
Views: 109622

Re: The English Language

Well to be absolutely certain we need the preceding sentence. If this suggests that white has an advantage then reluctantly we'd have to agree with you but would probably think that the original writer was a bit (lot) confused. It is more likely that the "also" means that black has an advantage in a...