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by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2307

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

As someone spending a large amount of time putting stop gaps in place, at times in the face of severe criticism, I wholly concur.

[At times, but, in fairness, more often with support. The criticism always feels worse for some reason].
by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's the Glicko RD system about on chess.com?
Replies: 20
Views: 690

Re: What's the Glicko RD system about on chess.com?

But as stated, I usually worsen if I don't play regularly. I don't see how absence from the board should increase k-factor, shouldn't it limit it? If they increase the K factor, you drop more points when you lose. It's a flawed idea when the rating system doesn't have a monopoly on play because you...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17088

Re: Membership Renewal

Clubs, Congress Organisers, the ECF: ....may have to accept that OTB Chess will miss not just one season, but could take up to 5 years to recover. Would you speculate why that might be? Would it be that continued government restrictions make it impossible or at best unattractive to organise events ...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday GM Dr. Jonathan Penrose OBE (07-x-1933)
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Happy Birthday GM Dr. Jonathan Penrose OBE (07-x-1933)

At the 1966 BCF Congress the sixth formers who had organised my school's contingent lined up all the younger boys (including self) to stipulate a bed time, supporting this requirement with the assertion that otherwise our chess would suffer - and then one added the rider: "And I do know that Penrose...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17088

Re: Membership Renewal

Do you mean Nigel Davies' plan? About the time he transferred to Wales.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 87
Views: 4432

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

In contrast, any Director who takes over mid-term from someone else (for example, when Adrian Elwin took over mid-term from Alex Holowczak as Home Chess Director in 2018) is not serving a "shorter term" of less than 3 years. According to the Board Rota, they are serving a part-term – filling the va...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Rating Database
Replies: 36
Views: 1736

Re: New ECF Rating Database

Tim Spanton wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:40 am
The ECF rating database has been updated with ratings labelled Oct 1, but it is unclear if these are newly calculated as mine has stayed at 1998 since Aug 1
What a very frustrating number to be 'locked down' on!
by Michael Farthing
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No Birthdays Today
Replies: 9
Views: 809

Re: No Birthdays Today

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:54 am
Michael Farthing wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:04 pm
So, on that basis, revise your Mathematics Nick!
You haven't actually provided any data. Who do you think you are, Sir Patrick Vallance?
You think to insult me? Well , I can do much better than you, you.. Neil Ferguson!
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No Birthdays Today
Replies: 9
Views: 809

Re: No Birthdays Today

I've always understood that Autumn birthdays are more common. These occur nine months after the dark days of Winter when there is not much to do and there is a need for warmth and companionship.., So, on that basis, revise your Mathematics Nick! [I can also confirm that there is at least one member ...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1117
Views: 54356

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Thanks Matt The ECF guidelines that have just come out would seem, on first reading, to rule out any OTB congresses going ahead at the moment Not sure where this leaves Fareham and Northumberland Its all a difficult and depressing situation It leaves Fareham and Northumberland to make their own dec...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Rating Database
Replies: 36
Views: 1736

Re: New ECF Rating Database

You don't look a bit like that, Sean!
by Michael Farthing
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 209
Views: 5083

Re: Pedants United

Why do lollipop men and ladies carry a sign which says "Stop Children". If that sign was obeyed they would be out of a job. I recall being told that when the lollipop person is at the side of the road the sign should be displayed with faces parallel to the road. The sign is then visible to the chil...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence on the chessboard
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: Violence on the chessboard

Right! Got all that. (Not!)
(Just for the benefit of other dim-witted individuals like me - and rather hoping there are some).
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 209
Views: 5083

Re: Pedants United

The English-speaking world may be divided into: (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; (2) those who do not know, but care very much; (3) those who know and condemn; (4) those who know and approve; and (5) those who know and distinguish. Those who neither know nor care are t...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 209
Views: 5083

Re: Pedants United

This is a very dangerous thread to write in! It is also a very dangerous thread in which to write. Knowing you as I do David (and also knowing that you know where I attended university) I am confident that you are expecting the reply: "This is the sort of nonsense up with which I shall not put".