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by Michael Farthing
Sat May 19, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 32
Views: 1232

Re: A level maths question

..but not always spare print cartridges for the printer!
by Michael Farthing
Fri May 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 32
Views: 1232

Re: A level maths question

..I knew I was going wrong somewhere!
by Michael Farthing
Fri May 11, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 113
Views: 6059

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Oh! I've just discovered you can change your vote on these polls! Not necessarily, Michael. When I started this thread and created the poll, I found out that the creator has the option to allow or disallow the changing of votes. As I recall, David, you should have made it possible for an individual...
by Michael Farthing
Thu May 10, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 113
Views: 6059

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Oh! I've just discovered you can change your vote on these polls!

If anyone saw a wobble in the figues a moment ago it's because I changed my vote and then changed it back again (So you'll be able to work out how I've voted :-( )
by Michael Farthing
Thu May 10, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1091

Re: Longueurs at tournaments

Welcome to the forum Brian. I noticed your name when you were the newest member, because it is so like another regular member, Ben Edgell - with a curious similarity of surname.
by Michael Farthing
Wed May 09, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 9969

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

Absolutely, and most of them can't even notate their games properly. Try saying "King's Pawn moves to its king's fourth square" and they look at you blankly.

[After thought: And some of them don't even start their game with this move. I ask you!]
by Michael Farthing
Thu May 03, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

The main issue with the proposal as I saw it was not the principal at stake - about which I do not think there is any great concern. The real point was the extra charge being imposed on bronze members for the opportunity to play in congresses: an opportunity they have signalled their lack of interes...
by Michael Farthing
Wed May 02, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 12:04 pm
ê is ALT-0234, for those who are interested. Which is probably a smaller number of chess players than those who are interested in ALT-0189.
I think that's a ½ truth.
by Michael Farthing
Wed May 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 11:55 pm

"letters to Chess (sufficient address)"
This is factually incorrect, Roger. It did require "Sutton Coldfield".
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Well when I first became a rep R de C was quite scathing about my chances of achieving anything, but today a motion I had pioneered was passed nem con. So there! [OK it was only an administrative regularisation, but still!]
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

As I recall, the membership scheme proposals started as flat rate. The tiers were intended as an approximation of how committed players were and therefore the amount they would be likely to accept as a fee. From my point of view simplification is better, if it does not risk pricing out some players...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16161

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Roger is right about this. Indeed, in a climate where the Home Director is quite keen on expanding the use of FIDE rating there is actually more sense in uniting silver and gold then uniting bronze and silver. The silver responses we have received often come from club officials, many of whom express...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2288
Views: 97118

Re: The English Language

It can, but not in this sentence. He undertook to post the letters = He made a commitment to post the letters I think the difference is that in this sentence undertake is being used as a verb meaning 'to promise to do something' but in the one you quote it's a present participle used as a noun and j...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2288
Views: 97118

Re: The English Language

Well I think he probably meant it was a strategic undertaking.
If he meant commitment he should have said it. Not something with an entirely different meaning.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Revised Papers
Replies: 39
Views: 1896

Re: Revised Papers

A further paper relating to the income and expenditure on the ECF Junior Academy has appeared on the ECF website. My view is that it should certainly be looked at by Council reps before the meeting.