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by MSoszynski
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: More players wanted for Sutton Coldfield in the Birmingham, Dudley, and Cannock Leagues
Replies: 0
Views: 1881

More players wanted for Sutton Coldfield in the Birmingham, Dudley, and Cannock Leagues

We are one of the most successful clubs in the area. This year Sutton Coldfield Chess Club won the Birmingham League Championship, Summer League Championship, and Team Lightning Championship, also the Staffordshire Gothard Cup — and that's not all! We have some strong players as our victories prove,...
by MSoszynski
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 6225

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I'm saying they are reasonable excuses but it is up to organisers to decide on their own terms. Your query is fine, if the answer is no it is fine too. But has any organiser ever come back with your words in italics? You seem to expect both an excuse and that it meets some standard. All that I'm sa...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 6225

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I do not believe an unforeseen clash with a prior commitment is a reasonable explanation. A funeral, taking family member or yourself for emergency hospital surgery, or I have a the flu or something else that is contagious) and do not want to infect the players are reasonable excuses, but would lea...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 6225

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

What would an unreasonable explanation be? I changed my mind and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - because of sickness - and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - because of another engagement - and don't want to play after all. I changed my mind - for personal reasons -...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 6225

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

1. Has anyone ever encountered difficulty in getting their entry fee refunded after having withdrawn from a tournament due to an unfortunate clash with a prior commitment or other reasonable explanation? Must an explanation be given? And why must it be "reasonable"? What would an unreasonable expla...
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever
Replies: 26
Views: 6522

Re: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever

Worst review of a chess book on Amazon:
"Beware - it is a bloody chess book !"
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-re ... 1886846073
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 am
'if the board is set up incorretly' is this the blunder you are referring to?
Yes, you are corret, an incorretly set up board was being referred to.
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

Whenever a chess board appears in a picture or cartoon in the media we are quick to notice if the board is set up incorretly. But today I noticed an even worse sin committed by someone who should know better! Look at the top left corner of your screens everyone! :-( Does this mean we have to transf...
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lomonosov 7-piece query
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Lomonosov 7-piece query

David Robertson wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:08 pm
I think I've got Lomonosov on disk somewhere...
Not at 100TB you haven't. That's over 23,000 DVDs.
by MSoszynski
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone ringing during a game.
Replies: 6
Views: 1090

Re: Mobile phone ringing during a game.

At one British Rapidplay Championship, a clubmate of mine mislaid his mobile phone. He was so concerned about it that he even got the organisers to make an announcement before the start of the next round, asking everyone to look out for it. Later, between rounds, he found he'd merely left it in his ...
by MSoszynski
Sat May 20, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Rhyl Congress 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

Re: Rhyl Congress 2017

by MSoszynski
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets

MartinCarpenter wrote:Definitely :) Is it actually one players moves, or both on the one column?
It's just White's moves - though for some reason he did record Black's very first move too.
by MSoszynski
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets

My Club was recently joined by someone who hadn't played since he was a youngster, many years ago. One evening our bottom team needed a substitute for its bottom board so, at very short notice, we turned to the newcomer. With very few minutes to go, we satisfied ourselves that he was familiar with m...
by MSoszynski
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Purposely creating an unbalanced game.
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Re: Purposely creating an unbalanced game.

Here's an example of my own play when outgraded by 55 points. [Event "B'ham League Div 2"] [Date "2016.03.17"] [White "Sanghera, Parminder"] [Black "Soszynski, Marek"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteECF "210"] [BlackECF "155"] [ECO "A38c"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O b6 7.b3 Bb7 8....
by MSoszynski
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Room rate per week for the room that you play in
Replies: 16
Views: 2098

Re: Room rate per week for the room that you play in

A previous chess club of mine played in the function room of a pub. The landlord was a chessplayer himself and even turned out occasionally as a reserve for us. He wouldn't charge us for the room. We stayed at that pub while he was there and we left when he did. The general question of a reasonable ...