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by Martyn Harris
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Style and Software
Replies: 32
Views: 3171

Re: New Style and Software

General style fine by me; not competent to comment on changed functionality. On 1366 x 768 screen with Chrome there are vertical white margins either side of the main area, though this doesn't detract from my experience. In truth these probably wouldn't have registered had not someone else mentioned...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Service Test Not Forum
Replies: 16
Views: 2184

Re: Service Test Not Forum

Fine for me.

Chrome, windows 8.1, sky broadband over a BT line.
by Martyn Harris
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University chess clubs
Replies: 54
Views: 5863

Re: University chess clubs

Note also the comment in the 2nd para on this webpage , which I've seen referred to before somewhere. Presumably there was a serious effect on after-school activities, including chess clubs and the ability to hold matches. My memory is that it was not so much the teacher strikes of the 70s as their...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University chess clubs
Replies: 54
Views: 5863

Re: University chess clubs

Bath in Bristol league Birmingham in Birmingham league Bristol in Bristol league Cambridge have own collegiate league Imperial in London and Middlesex leagues Lancaster may be in Lancaster & Morecambe league Leeds in Leeds league Nottingham in Nottingham league Oxford in Oxford league Sheffield in S...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pay to play fee
Replies: 3
Views: 1138

Re: Pay to play fee

As Justin says, definitive answer from the other place, assuming that you can get an answer there. I'm all but certain that the answer is yes, the congress organiser still has to play the pay to play fee. Indeed they may already have paid it as they pay shortly after submission of the grading file a...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12687

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

I think it is a bit more complicated than Martyn's maths suggests. If 2/3 of the players wanted quickplay then of the remaining 1/3 perhaps half of them (i.e. 1/6) might offer quickplay as the 2nd option so 5/6 of the initial offers would include quickplay and 2/3 of these would be snapped up by th...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12687

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

Quickplay in 44% of games Adjudication in 37% of games Adjournment in 19% of games We cannot treat this as a pure popularity poll because of the way the Surrey system works (away player offers two options and home player chooses one of those) so it represents a mixture of 1st and 2nd choices by all...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2561

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

Niall Doran wrote:I haven't been able to find a review, other than the link above which may be biased as it's on the Chessbase website. Has any here read this book yet? Or found a review other than the one above?
If you count customer reviews on Amazon, there are five on .com.
by Martyn Harris
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council - Controversial Issues
Replies: 67
Views: 11371

Re: ECF Council - Controversial Issues

I hate, loath and detest adjudications, but I see no reason to bar such games from grading. The purity of the grading list is already corrupted by match specific practices such as agreeing draws in good positions so as to secure a match win that a few adjudicated results hardly matter. Indeed I susp...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.
Replies: 22
Views: 2371

Re: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.

The claimant, having less than two minutes on their clock, may not have a full record of the game. An opponent who refuses to allow their scoresheet to be used may simply increase the chance that the arbiter will rule in favour of the claimant. If that happens the arbiter should deal with it under ...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.
Replies: 22
Views: 2371

Re: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.

Joey, a few practical points: If there is no arbiter present, then the claim ends the game. Make a note of position, and if at all possible a complete score of the game, and pass on to appropriate competition authority. They should have access to a tame arbiter who will make a ruling. Most arbiters ...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate
Replies: 103
Views: 15970

Re: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate

Why not ask some former employee of the Rotherham police or social services to be ECF president? Must be at least one of them sufficient politically correct to be worth associating with.
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Union Reps Skype Meeting 17/July
Replies: 68
Views: 13388

Re: Union Reps Skype Meeting 17/July

We play most matches at Newcastle-under-Lyme, which doesn't have a train station, and I only know of 1 player who has gone there by public transport Indeed Newcastle does not have a station, but as it is only 2 miles from Stoke-on-Trent station and with options of using the regular bus service, tax...
by Martyn Harris
Sat May 17, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: MCCU
Topic: MCCU Team Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 3725

Re: MCCU Team Tournament

So a Closed MCCU team tournament which is an Individual Swiss chess tournament and is open to anyone to enter. Further the teams in this individual tournament will consist of any number of players although Team-Trophy ? (Open/u200 eight men per team, u180, u160, u140. six men per team. u120 and u100...
by Martyn Harris
Fri May 09, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 2945

Re: Attitudes

I'm findng it difficult to find any views expressed by Sean's correspondent. He (though it could be she) did not enjoy the event as much as anticipated, with the large number of juniors being a significant contributory factor. Nowhere is the behaviour of the juniors mentioned, nor a suggestion that ...