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by Brian Towers
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3973

Re: Candidates 2019

By the way, I think the Cricket World Cup format is poor for the same reason; now that Australia, New Zealand, India and England already look certain to be in the Semi Finals And then England lose to Sri Lanka. Oh dear! With matches against Australia, India and New Zealand still to come it's squeak...
by Brian Towers
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

It would be nice if the teams could have names that were a bit more imaginative than "England 1" and "England 2". Could I suggest "The Bookkeepers" and "The Token Man" for the two 50+ teams?
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 15
Views: 967

Re: Grade File Checker

Steve, Windows 10 (and 8 and 8.1 for that matter) will let you run a Windows 7 program on it if you tell it to by setting the compatibility mode for the program. If you have a shortcut set up on the desktop for the program then you can get to this by right clicking on the shortcut and selecting "Pro...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1519

Re: How do I?

Paul McKeown wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:31 am
In Swiss Manager

b) print pairing cards for each individual player, suitable for manual pairing?
How is that different from having a dog and barking yourself?
by Brian Towers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1519

Re: How do I?

I tried that before, but it didn't work. Are there any known subtleties? Make sure you both have the same version (ideally the latest) installed. Emailing the TUNx file and loading normally just works and, as Alex says, is independent of key. Another possibility is to upload to Chess-results. Then ...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 1268

Re: Definition of IMC

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 12:24 am
"And as for those who think CAA stands for Chess Arbiters Association … !"

As I have also advised the Civil Aviation Authority on safety matters, I know just what you mean!
Campaign Against Antisemitism, surely?
by Brian Towers
Sat May 18, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10822

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Trying to pull the thread back on topic, here's a suggestion for what us plebs would like the ECF to spend some money on. How about an annual £5,000 congress contingency fund? The idea is to rescue events which get cancelled because the organisers believe the event is going to lose money and encoura...
by Brian Towers
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: I've got a little list
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Re: I've got a little list

Did Franz Liszt's list of lists include itself ? Do you have a reference for "Franz Liszt's list of lists" which would allow us to check this? An exercise for any student of philosophy. No. What would be of interest to a philosopher would be the "List of all lists which are not members of themselve...
by Brian Towers
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 3199

Re: GRENKE Classic

David Robertson wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:22 pm
MVL - Vallejo Pons. I'm looking at this game at move 43 currently. And I'm thinking, if Carlsen were sitting either side, we'd be in the process of witnessing the world's first 1000-move game
I suggest you check out the 75-move rule (article 9.6.2) in the FIDE Laws of Chess.
by Brian Towers
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

That has left me wondering who the junior selectors are and whether they really have a clear idea of what they are doing, beyond picking numbers from an ECF grading list which - due to its being up-dated only every 6 months - is frequently well out-of-date as regards juniors, particularly at the yo...
by Brian Towers
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8451

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

What is the connection (if any) between grading frequency and ECF membership? My understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that currently a new player could start playing league chess in September and not join the ECF until the following June or July without penalty. So, (s)he would rece...
by Brian Towers
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tier 4 visa regulations
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: Tier 4 visa regulations

The Tier 4 visa regulations, which apply to students from outside the EU, were introduced in January and provide a broad definition of who is considered a professional sportsperson. This can include anyone who has received payment in kind in the past four years for playing sport; has been registere...
by Brian Towers
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 21
Views: 2160

Re: Chess Book Collections

I have about 250 chess books, none of them rare or valuable, I suspect. I do have the first few years of Chess Magazine complete from the first one in 1935 through to 1946. The paper quality markedly degrades during the war years when it was no doubt affected by shortages and so likely rare but bein...
by Brian Towers
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 21
Views: 2160

Re: Chess Book Collections

A wee snippet. "Ruston plays the Sicilian, I don't know what to do?" "Jeff suddenly took me in his strong bronzed arms and gently kissed me. My heart swam with joy, I had dreamed of this moment since I had first seen Jeff's picture on the back of my chess book." Jeff softly whispered in my ear. "Th...
by Brian Towers
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 2345

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

It is also worth noting that she was an occasional contributor to the weekly chess 'Magazine' programme which was broadcast on the Third Network (the precursor to Radio 3) between Autumn 1958 and Summer 1964.