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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: 187
Views: 8278

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: 617

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: 3037

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: 2930

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picking numbers from an ECF grading list which - due to its being up-dated only every 6 months - is frequently well out-of-date as regards juniors, particularly at the yo...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: 121
Views: 6612

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: 848

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: 1933

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: 1933

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: 2191

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.
by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3696

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Irrelevant - I was talking about the significant improvement, which is suspicious. Nonsense! As the father of 3 sons I can tell you that the 2 sporting ones showed very significant improvement during the few months of their pubertal growth spurts. In the case of the judoka this was anticipated by h...
by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Henderson Middle School sandbagging case
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: The Henderson Middle School sandbagging case

But suppose you reported a match where each player played every other of the opposition as a Swiss? I give up. What's the answer? Suppose, for the sake of argument, that you organise a 5 round weekend Swiss tournament and only 8 players turn up, 4 from club A and 4 from club B. Suppose, furthermore...
by Brian Towers
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3696

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

I'm sure we are all in awe of your prowess as a track athlete, but Kevin's question is still an important one in principle even if he may have been out by a second in the specifics. I do not know the answer and would like to. So many things wrong in one short sentence. Where to start? Kevin was out...
by Brian Towers
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16089

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

To give an idea. In the FIDE System, once a player reached 2400, his k factor remains at 10 forever. Apart from mine :wink: Are you requesting an investigation into your rating history? According to my records he had a rating of 2430 in the January 1988 list (pretty impressive for a 17 year old) wh...
by Brian Towers
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3696

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Does UKAD actually bother testing athletes of moderate ability? Would they be interested in finding out whether an adult male athlete who could run the 100m in 12 seconds was taking drugs? 12 seconds for the 100m is not "moderate" for an adult male athlete. It is pathetic. When I was 16 I was Durha...
by Brian Towers
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

Allan Hodgkinson wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:52 pm
He’s now said “ A fear that my elevation to FIDE VP would constrain my independence, was the reason given.“
Presumably Judit Polgar's elevation to FIDE VP came too late (10th December) for her to be axed from the January edition of NiC. Will she be gone too in the March edition?