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by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 9776

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

A few years ago I found myself defending a standard drawn K v K+P ending, and my flag fell, so I lost. As the arbiter was watching I asked as a matter of interest what he would have done had I made a 10.2 claim, and he said he would have ruled against me as I could still go wrong. This is what I hop...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Outcome of membership scheme
Replies: 272
Views: 24545

Re: Outcome of membership scheme

In financial terms the success of the membership scheme cannot be judged until the amount of residual game fee to be levied is known, together with the proportion collected and the costs of chasing these monies. Although non-MO areas should have submitted guestimates of residual game fee together wi...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rare first edtion chess books
Replies: 46
Views: 5573

Re: Rare first edtion chess books

I have a fairly battered copy of Chess Masterpieces by H E Bird (1875). His preliminary remarks include "Although such a collection, having regard to the limited number of games, appears scarcely to admit of improvement, the Compiler would yet have been glad to have found a larger number of recently...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Code of Conduct
Replies: 185
Views: 20637

Re: ECF Code of Conduct

Going back a page or two, I would have thought that a refundable deposit should indeed be lodged when making a complaint. However the norm should be that the deposit is refunded regardless of the outcome of the complaint, except where the complaint is deemed to be merely an attempt to pursue a perso...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity
Replies: 258
Views: 24171

Re: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity

The various bodies responsible for submitting results for grading will have received information about the new arrangements. These make it clear that the grading of competitions will be on an all or nothing basis regardless of the ECF membership status of the participants. Consequently the District ...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Outcome of membership scheme
Replies: 272
Views: 24545

Re: Outcome of membership scheme

But it comes down to what you mean by success or failure. In my book a successful membership scheme should 1) Raise at least the budgeted monies. 2) Not cause the office staff to look for other jobs for fear of having to repeat the associated tasks. 3) Be seen to be fair by the majority of players....
by Martyn Harris
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity
Replies: 258
Views: 24171

Re: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity

So, do the ECF not agree that they have issued an advertisement on their website which falsely represents the actual benefits which can be obtained by becoming a member ? ie : Stating members will receive unlimited grading of games whilst not mentioning that certain events will not be included for ...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.
Replies: 87
Views: 7613

Re: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.

M However the decision has been made, and I doubt that there is the appetite in most quarters for another change There's considerable appetite for more change, starting with the proposal to cut the ECF in two. Whilst I am well aware of plans to split the ECF in two I very much doubt that the averag...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.
Replies: 87
Views: 7613

Re: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.

My position on changing the funding of the ECF is that moving towards a structure that demands more from less active players and less from more active ones is far from my first choice. However the decision has been made, and I doubt that there is the appetite in most quarters for another change, so ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

I meant more clubs named after their founders Naming clubs as opposed to companies after oneself doesn't seem a particularly British thing to do, though Pete's Potentials figured briefly in the Bristol league. Adding the name of a founder at a later stage, particularly after said founder's death, m...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

The Kent in Kent's and Luton (Bedfordshire league) does I believe refer to a company, which may or may not be named after a person. Rolls Royce play in the Derby league, Littlewoods in the Merseyside league, Shepherd's in the York league and David Brown in the Huddersfield league. I do not know whic...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junk Email from Tournament Organisers
Replies: 49
Views: 10539

Re: Junk Email from Tournament Organisers

I've started to receive emails, from Adam Raoof, advertising his tournaments. Probably just a trial run for when he's director of Membership and Marketing when we can all expect to get them. Isn't that why we are asked for email addresses when signing up to the ECF? And why some have given old addr...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When Anteaters Attack II - Reform of the British
Replies: 66
Views: 3954

Re: When Anteaters Attack II - Reform of the British

I'm not a strong player, so have no insight into what such players would regard as an acceptable format. The following would be possible, which is not the same as claiming it is desirable: Play as now, except that at the end of the first week the leading six players are hived off into a championship...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Are the sections correct?
Replies: 44
Views: 7504

Re: Are the sections correct?

I don't like bland statements that aren't backed up with numbers when it comes to things like this... I fear that in this case all the numbers really tell you is that there is a wide variation in the playing resources available to counties so that your rules, which have to be one size fits all, wil...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Are the sections correct?
Replies: 44
Views: 7504

Re: Are the sections correct?

Hi Alex, I assume that the two threads you are promoting about inter-counties chess are aimed at helping to discover what changes, if any, could usefully be made to the competitions so as to increase entries or at least make it easier to maintain current levels of participation. If on the other han...