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by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 47
Views: 5761

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

At present the office staff are working part time with coverage on Wednesday and Thursday and the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: BCM Collection 1881-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1989

Re: BCM Collection 1881-2007

John Moore wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:32 pm
Thanks Michael. How would I find out. No rush, obviously, in the current situation.
Just ring Gary Willson at the ECF office. He's working two days at the moment - I think its Wednesday and Thursday.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: BCM Collection 1881-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1989

Re: BCM Collection 1881-2007

Yes, though I'm not certain of the exact mechanism to be used for selling off. The library is made up from several donations of book collections with inevitable, and signifiant, duplication, (including, explicitly, BCM).
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: BCM Collection 1881-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 1989

Re: BCM Collection 1881-2007

Mmm..

Might be worth making a bid first for one of the ECF's duplicate sets..
It's prime set is a bound set of BCM in the binding style of Chess - [BH Wood's personal copies]. That set is certainly not for sale though!
by Michael Farthing
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 250k posts
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: 250k posts

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:41 pm
Looking like this milestone should be reached in the next day or two :)
Oh you've noticed!
I was planning on keeping a careful watch so that I could get the magic post.

[PS I was going to claim the quarter million - sounds a bit grander]
by Michael Farthing
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180359

Re: Cheating in chess

Well he certainly had no need to cheat in his last graded OTB game - the rubbishy play of his opponent made that quite unnecessary.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

E Michael White wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:59 am
However we are unfortunate in that he was born on 21 Dec, meaning that the gap is more likely to be 128 years rather than 129.
That, Mr White, is being simply greedy!
by Michael Farthing
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

I assume we exclude simuls?
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88622

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Thanks Paul for the 'further documentation'. I now see just how serious a problem this was.
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88622

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:09 am


I think that one needs further documentation.
further documentation?
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 4649

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

A strong player doesn't necessarily mean a good event organiser Correct, but they will be able answer calls and E-mails relating to chess that non-chessplayers can't, thereby reducing the need to transfer enquirys to Directors and potentially allowing things to run more smoothly. I am not saying th...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2993

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: 1224

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: 301
Views: 20394

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: 319

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...