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by E Michael White
Fri May 18, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1906

Re: A level maths question

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 9:57 am
I have seen A level maths students solving equations with the aid of their programmable calculator and getting as far as something like cos x = 2 without grasping that something must have gone wrong. Cos is a button on a calculator, nothing more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C_XD_cCeeI
by E Michael White
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2339
Views: 99492

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between challenging a file and challenging on a file? Neither of these is very meaningful as regards chess. The writer should probably write: - challenging for control of a file rather than the file itself as in your first phrase. The second phrase suggests the piece doing the...
by E Michael White
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:21 pm
Of course in those days, we relied on Mr Babbage's Difference Engine for calculations, and that wasn't easily portable.
But then in those days you might have seen Ada Lovelace Byron ( poet Byron's daughter) working the equipment instead of Dave Clayton or Carl Hibbard !
by E Michael White
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2339
Views: 99492

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:07 pm
No, I mean putting out your hand to try to catch, but just not quick and sudden.
to reach for
by E Michael White
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 6005

Re: Tournament Structures

I should mention at this point the real advantage of Swiss: it maximises information gained per result. I disagree with that statement if you mean with standard pairing methods. I think it's been mathematically proven that you can't improve on the information-per-result of Swiss. I doubt that one t...
by E Michael White
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 22
Views: 2795

Re: Director of Women's Chess

FWIW (!) I don’t think there are easy solutions here. FWIW(2) English chess is far from alone in having a diversity problem. Could try asking known returners like Gillian Moore and Deborah Pass why they returned and also those who never gave up why they didn't. Might be better information than old ...
by E Michael White
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: East Devon Open, 23-25 February
Replies: 90
Views: 3511

Re: East Devon Open, 23-25 February

Yes, but that will take three to four years. For Scots, Welsh and other players who may not have an ECF grade or play any other ECF graded chess, using FIDE will be more accurate than converted grades from year 2 onwards. Likewise for ENG players who acquire a FIDE rating through that competition. ...
by E Michael White
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: East Devon Open, 23-25 February
Replies: 90
Views: 3511

Re: East Devon Open, 23-25 February

When these Championships were introduced in the 1990s, they were the British U175 Championship, the British U150 Championship, the British U125 Championship and the British U100 Championship. They continued along similar lines for about 25 years - until you came along. How did we manage to do the i...
by E Michael White
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock Problem - What Should the Arbiter Do?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: Clock Problem - What Should the Arbiter Do?

Did the arbiter subsequently replace the clock?
by E Michael White
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 4028

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

.....your assertion that English congresses in general don’t offer entry fee refunds as a matter of principle is complete nonsense I have played in congresses for 50+ years probably in more than you Mike. My impression is that more often than not refunds in ENG tournaments are not given on principl...
by E Michael White
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2339
Views: 99492

Re: The English Language

Technically it is a participle from the verb 'to bore' but it functions as an adjective. I don't think I agree with you on that. Functioning as an adjective makes it a gerundive. Words ending in "ing" are not always participles; it is the use that determines its type. "ing" words can be gerunds, ge...
by E Michael White
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2339
Views: 99492

Re: The English Language

Michael Farthing wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:52 am
Umm.. Yes that was alluded to in this boring thread not long ago! :-)
Is the word "boring" a gerundive in that sentence ? Some don't think a gerundive exists in ECF English or ancient BCF English..
by E Michael White
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Question about membership
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Re: Question about membership

Essentially it's a per head fee to allow non-members to participate in graded chess. It will be recalled that under the Game Fee regulations, the rapidplay rate was half the standard rate and the junior rate a third of that. So when the adult Game Fee was 60p, the fee for a rapidplay junior event w...
by E Michael White
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shades of Carlsen-Inarkiev
Replies: 9
Views: 1043

Re: Shades of Carlsen-Inarkiev

This situation is similar to the scenario I posted about 10 days ago. We can expect more of these especially in Rapid and Blitz if it is thought ok to accept illegal moves. The relevant Law to my mind is: "The game is won by the player who has checkmated his opponent’s king. This immediately ends th...
by E Michael White
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Pgn Files
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Tournament Pgn Files

is there any way to remove it without having to spend many hours cutting it out by hand? I might be saying the same thing as AH but in my old chessbase 10 this works: right click on the database in the database window then click - convert to cbh then if you want a cleaned up pgn database create a n...