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by Michael Farthing
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1003

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

Regarding the stars on the flag, forget not that there are 15 nations that I am sure would be happy to provide a replacement. The UK is not nearly as important to the EU as the UK would like to believe it is. I can agree with you that the UK's influence within the EU is nil, and always has been. We...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1003

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

At the moment, Venus is the Morning Star though admittedly anyone looking East in the morning to see it is more likely to find it obscured by clouds. Regarding the stars on the flag, forget not that there are 15 nations that I am sure would be happy to provide a replacement. The UK is not nearly as ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1003

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

John McKenna wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:27 am

Ps I think one of the stars may be falling from your flag - despite desperate attempts to hold it in place.
Venus, the Morning Star, shines at magnitude greater than -4.0 and this sets the standard for the days ahead.
Things are brighter than any day since July 2016
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: How Many Times ?
Replies: 6
Views: 544

Re: How Many Times ?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind - the answer is blowin' in the wind.

[Couldn't resist]
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 336

Re: Past recollection a split topic

Folks, threads in this section are to my mind somewhat different in that they also have a permanent function as a memorial to past players. This thread has strayed away from Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer which I think is inappropriate here. There's no problem with the other things being said, but would ...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 186
Views: 7656

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The old ECF League program works fine for me, but it means I'm having to maintain a Windows XP computer running just for grading, and this has caused me some problems Julie, you can ask Windows 10 to run a program as if it were running in a Windows XP environment. See the following page for some ad...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4250

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

[Is there any congress where a hotel could reasonably be described as a 'sponsor''? I doubt it very much]. Gibraltar. They publish a list of the sponsors, and the Caleta Hotel is one of them. Jack, you and Andrew miss the essential word "reasonable". Of course, being described as a "sponsor" on the...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4250

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

There was a rumour a few years back that one of the country's biggest congresses might lose its hotel venue. Probably more about the hotel risking losing a posh wedding if it continued its relationship with a congress that generates little income. No sponsorship or philanthropy involved - a purely ...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 12661

Re: New Year Honours List

..and becomes more valuable, surely, as it becomes rarer! As I recall it was always a difficult award to achieve, not significantly below IM. There was also, for a short while, a title of Candidate Master.
by Michael Farthing
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6151

Re: Hastings

I suspect that at the time Nick experienced this it felt like the highest point of the South Downs and he was simply reporting the Spirit of the Thing. A Lion search as yourself would naturally not think of such a metaphor for what to you must be merely a bump. A Northern Giant such as myself consid...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 186
Views: 7656

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Some match captains on the night take 2 weeks to input. It may well be because the opposition captain has not got the correct player details. Most League management systems require that players are selected from a drop down club list, so an unreadable scribble on the match card should not be an iss...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 186
Views: 7656

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

the ECF League Management System provides a far better interface. Does it accommodate the input of any ad hoc game between two players? Not by the players themselves - rightly so. However, an authorised user could in theory generate a competition entitled "M Farthing v R de Coverley Challenge Match...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 186
Views: 7656

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. Eggs a...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 66
Views: 2618

Re: How many casual players?

A chess game played in a primary school playground is as valid a game of chess as one for the world championship as far as I'm concerned. What's the relevance of whether it's rated or not?
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1003

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

About the Lady only six words occur to me:

Don't you think she's looking tired?