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by John Upham
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2715

Re: The ECF Academy tender

I predict that the "winner" of the tender will be UK Chess Challenge persons.

Who would like to bet against me ?

The timescale is laughable for anyone who was not pre-warned about the content of the tender.
by John Upham
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2834
Views: 303174

Re: Media comments on chess

Branson is left handed. Some left handed people wear their watch on their right hands. This might support the claim that the picture was flipped. However, the cup handle is on Branson's left hand side. This strongly suggests that the picture was not flipped. The balance of probabilities suggest tha...
by John Upham
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2834
Views: 303174

Re: Media comments on chess

Quite often the picture editor will mirror the image about the y axis for aesthetic reasons not realising the implications for the content of the image. It may be therefore that the board orientation was correct. Isn't the point here that it was posted by Mr Branson, so there was no "picture editor...
by John Upham
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2834
Views: 303174

Re: Media comments on chess

Quite often the picture editor will mirror the image about the y axis for aesthetic reasons not realising the implications for the content of the image.

It may be therefore that the board orientation was correct.
by John Upham
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 7062

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:52 pm
John Upham wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:39 pm
Michael Crawford has never been the same since marrying Betty.

Jessica told me all about it.
I don't quite follow this.
Michael Crawford then morphed into The Phantom of the Opera.

And then into a circus proprietor.

It's a funny old world...
by John Upham
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 56
Views: 6739

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Gordon Cadden wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:15 am
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:28 am
Goodness. It might become a collector's item! :mrgreen:
Banned books are always sought after. Must put this book on my WANTS list.

Perhaps you could compare the GMRDKOBE book with Lady Chatterley's Lover, Animal Farm or The Canterbury Tales ? They suffered a similar fate.
by John Upham
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 7062

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Oh, since we're discussing Ray's chessgames.com page I was amused to notice this: 2009 Working on initiative with Prof Michael Crawford of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition to develop a national and global programme to combat the effects of mental degeneration in the populace , w...
by John Upham
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Is your Round 3 result listed on the FIDE web site ?
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Is your Round 3 result listed on the FIDE web site ?

Thanks Roger. Understood.

John
by John Upham
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Is your Round 3 result listed on the FIDE web site ?
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Is your Round 3 result listed on the FIDE web site ?

All,

Is your 4NCL round 3, Division Four South, listed on the 4NCL web site ?

Mine is not and am attempting to figure out why not.

My Round 5 result IS listed.
by John Upham
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Rapidplay Events ?
Replies: 0
Views: 328

Rapidplay Events ?

Are there Rapidplay events that do not appear in the ECF Calendar ?

I'm looking for events on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Thanks !
by John Upham
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Grading Database offline?

The online grading database is functioning once more.

John
by John Upham
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Grading Database offline?

Presumably routine maintenance without a notice to that effect.
by John Upham
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3687

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

J T Melsom wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:47 pm
There are already too many sports in the Olympics.
I feel it is time to bring back Poodle Clipping and Live Pigeon Shooting along with my favourite, Solo Synchronized Swimming :D
by John Upham
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I would imagine the use of scorebooks is still fairly common in club/league chess. (and was only outlawed fairly recently in congresses I think?) Of course, some of us who tend to record our games messily and at times incoherently are at an advantage here - as we got into the habit of using scoresh...