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by Martyn Harris
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014
Replies: 267
Views: 15307

Re: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014

I too have no interest in acquiring a FIDE rating, which is not to say that I won't at some future point choose to play a competition that leads to me receiving one. Given the prevalence of computer and internet chess with their four digit grading systems it wouldn't be surprising if new competitive...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BLACKPOOL - HE'S BACK!
Replies: 43
Views: 3669

Re: BLACKPOOL - HE'S BACK!

Are you saying that people who have accessed the `Live games` on the Blackpool website are likely to have there computers infected with a virus. If so, what do you need to look out for and what remedy is possible to remove any problems? Symptoms: Postings appear in large bold font. Solution: Split ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ now agree)
Replies: 43
Views: 5359

Re: Bridge not a Sport

There's a piece in the Telegraph about the English Bridge Union pursuing the sport recognition issue with HMRC. The idea was to get VAT exempt status. The article quotes income from Bridge entry fees at £ 631,000. Which will be entry fees for competitions organised by the EBU. There are plenty of ...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inclusion in chess
Replies: 10
Views: 1804

Re: Inclusion in chess

We had an autistic young man as a member for a couple of years, introduced to the club by a non-playing carer. I say introduced because the carer made a point of discussing with us the nature of the problem and what we could expect. The young man had a penchant for sharing with all and sundry any th...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Personality Test
Replies: 18
Views: 2382

Re: Chess Personality Test

Mad Scientist.

I'm not mad I tell you. A trifle insane perhaps. But not mad.
by Martyn Harris
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League Website
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: London League Website

I'm currently looking up some results on the London League website: http://www.londonchess.org.uk/ Is there any way to turn off the annoying snowflakes... :evil: Turning off javascript should work, but I've a sneaking suspicion that might interfere with the ability to access and/or display the rest...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Three year silver membership.
Replies: 15
Views: 1999

Re: Three year silver membership.

Three year silver membership here too. Anticipated that the rate would be frozen for at least one year as politically it would not seem good to raise the rate immediately. Went in with my eyes open with respect to discounts, so no complaints on that score. Vaguely interesting question. If I decide I...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidentally displacing a piece
Replies: 145
Views: 7915

Re: Accidentally displacing a piece

Giulio, other people's sob stories are boring, and yours is showing all the classic signs as to why this is the case. Start with a one-sided description of events - a first post. Concede that your own actions may not have been immaculate - there was some handling of the king. Lay-out your own damnin...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the optimum frequency for grading lists?
Replies: 72
Views: 4431

Re: What is the optimum frequency for grading lists?

The simplicity of the +50/0/-50 approach of the ECF grading system can lead one to regard it as a toy grading system in comparison to those requiring more sophisticated analysis. A closer examination might suggest otherwise. There are many ways in which the grading formula can be expressed. With the...
by Martyn Harris
Sat May 18, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1240

Re: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs

Keeping a Bridge Club with its own venue afloat seems to be an easier proposition than a Chess Club, but how is the initial finance for a Bridge Club generated? There are (or were) a small number of proprietor's clubs, effectively businesses run by the owner who would not only make a profit from th...
by Martyn Harris
Sat May 18, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1240

Re: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs

Most (nearly all I think) bridge clubs have their own venue. Its actually down to very simple economics :) I'd hazard a guess that in fact most bridge clubs don't own their own premises, though I suspect that a significant proportion of the larger and longer established clubs do. I'd agree though t...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Should junior only events have a separate grading system?
Replies: 15
Views: 1633

Re: Should junior only events have a separate grading system

Perhaps one needs to ask whether the grades are for the benefit of the players or the organisers.
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Club Chamionship - what is the point?
Replies: 114
Views: 13028

Re: National Club Chamionship - what is the point?

I'm not certain of the appropriate phrase, but are you not losing intangible resources, insofar as the event (at all four levels) has become a joke, in view of its poor levels of participation? And as such actually damages the ECF's reputation? Difficult not to agree with that. The point of the Nat...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Should junior only events have a separate grading system?
Replies: 15
Views: 1633

Re: Should junior only events have a separate grading system

Yes because a) including games from junior only events may undermine the integrity of the main grading system, and b) grading systems (ECF or ELO) are not designed in a manner which offers encouragement to very weak or slow to improve players. There may be a case for abandoning any idea of a grade p...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator
Replies: 270
Views: 10664

Re: ECF National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator

1. No junior reductions for ECF gold/silver/bronze membership. 2. No junior reductions for ECF game fee. 3. All rapid play graded events only requires ECF bronze membership. 4. New ECF junior membership category for junior only events with a low membership fee. 5. No ECF membership requirement for ...