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by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 46
Views: 1593

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Matt's daughter has no bad habits and reading this thread I have felt embarrassed that she might be reading it. Similarly I could name (and will) Sam Parry of Leek and Cheddleton who gave me a splendid game recently and after it was all over (he won) he apologised to me that his beating heart might ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 27
Views: 1330

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Ah! Of course there is a flaw from the England viewpoint (and I suppose others too - the US?). Don't some (maybe most?) countries do all their grading through FIDE while in England most grading is done through the national system. Likely to introduce a bias? (Don't know which way though!) [I'm talki...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 27
Views: 1330

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Rather interesting that the Islamic countries hold their own pretty well.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 24
Views: 1067

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Because the flag has not fallen until a player claims. (The flags are all Schrodinger flags).
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Thanks Mike. I think a peace treaty is in order on that basis! I think Kevin's point about "motions the Board didn't like were put at the end of the agenda" is something I do remember, but it was a different Board and though the effect was as Kevin describes I would not be prepared to accuse them of...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Mike, The Board, like other requisitionists, surely has a duty to meet the time constraints for submitting motions for discussion. As Chairman, can you not simply make it clear that if motions are submitted late then they don't make it? I am not one for rigid adherence to the letter of the law in de...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I got the impression that there was an expectation that there would be amendments for separate consideration. The debate was so erratic however that (a) no one got around to suggesting it and (b) we were then in grave danger of running out of time. The fact that motions were printed in the accompany...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1340

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

If there's a rule conflict between what the CAA write and what the ECF write, who prevails? The tournament director. As always. Always ? Not so. If the tournament (event) rules try to alter the Laws of Chess, as distinct from rules , this will normally render all games ECF ungradable and FIDE unrat...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1340

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:53 am
But that's a possible problem for the new Home Director and the ECF. If there's a rule conflict between what the CAA write and what the ECF write, who prevails?
The tournament director. As always.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

As I hope will be the case - as with all tiffs arising from instinctive reactions going wrong.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I can only find the Gambian Chief Arbiter listed in the voting register as representing Hastings. I struggle to think of a reason why that body should have any genuine objection to a new Junior Director, or has Alex upset someone else. Personality clashes aside, congresses voting on non congress is...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

OK lets set a challenge:

Hok, here is the problem, "Women are under represented in chess". (Topical)

1. Give us an A3 diagram.
2. Tell us the (wo)man hours involved in doing this.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Ben, Publication should happen. The mechanics are quite difficult. I had originally planned (with my voting officer hat on) that the voting figures could be directly entered on to a spreadsheet (which would have also checked for obvious entry errors and generated totals). However, I lost my nerve (a...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3091

Re: ECF AGM 2018

It's disappointing that membership income is now being used to fund the international teams; we should send the strongest possible team and meet the fees of professional players but it's very hard to justify that as a reason for financing the ECF (I have to defend the ECF in a part of the country s...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2693
Views: 112113

Re: The English Language

Umm. "Plan B is OK" means (more or less) "Plan B is quite good" "quite good" means (more or less) "OK". Often, (but unfortunately not always), it is a way of saying the plan is not a bad one, but is also not really a good one. It's a way of saying something is not good without rudely saying it is ba...