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by MSoszynski
Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: National Club Championships 11-12 April 2015
Replies: 80
Views: 9888

Re: National Club Championships 11-12 April 2015

Beyond scale of course I don't actually think there's anything fundamentally different between a county team and a local league team. Compare how many County players aren't members of a Club to how many Club members don't play for a County. Compare how many County matches there are in a season... C...
by MSoszynski
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social chess club or competitive chess club
Replies: 26
Views: 3387

Re: Social chess club or competitive chess club

One of the things that’s a bit odd about club chess is that there’s no culture of adults seeking professional help to improve. Unlike golf or tennis, say. [...] It’s not obvious to me why this would be. Because it's one thing to be told that you're weak in your hands, but another thing to be told t...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you pay for a title?
Replies: 56
Views: 8286

Re: What would you pay for a title?

"What would you pay for a title?"

It depends on the title. Zero for zero.

Remember, though, that even the award of a university degree is conditional on fees (and fines) being paid; never mind that you've passed the exams; never mind whether the university course actually helped you to pass them.
by MSoszynski
Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Happy Xmas!
Replies: 9
Views: 2768

Re: Happy Xmas!

Mike Truran wrote:...... and best wishes for 2015 from the team at 4NCL.
Merry Christmas to you too, Mike
by MSoszynski
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess club folds
Replies: 100
Views: 13524

Re: Chess club folds

Over the years many a chess club name has disappeared [...] To the unknowing record studier, it may seem that many players changed clubs, but most often it was the club that changed not the player. I recommend reading the rest of the Names section at the bottom of the page devoted to the history of...
by MSoszynski
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Objection to Digital clocks
Replies: 57
Views: 8214

Re: Objection to Digital clocks

In the Birmingham League, Competition Rule 12 e), which covers resumptions after adjournments, states: on reaching the second time control at 54 moves [...] each player's clock shall be turned back 15 minutes and the game played to a finish in accordance with the FIDE rule regarding quickplay finish...
by MSoszynski
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Objection to Digital clocks
Replies: 57
Views: 8214

Re: Objection to Digital clocks

David Blower wrote:Mercia have raised an objection to the use of Digital clocks.
Maybe they were incorrectly set. I once gave players 5 hours each for a blitz game.
by MSoszynski
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Grading Statistics
Replies: 3
Views: 1899

Re: Grading Statistics

The SCCU site has statistics on the number of games played and the number of players. http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/grad.htm Surely something must be amiss when the mean grade of all the published players is 133 for standard play but only 104 for rapid - a scale of difference that goes back years. Note...
by MSoszynski
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Travel Case for DGT Chess Clocks
Replies: 4
Views: 1355

Re: Travel Case for DGT Chess Clocks

Much experience travelling with DGTs - assuming you have the original DGT boxes, the bags for life from Sainsbury's [...] are perfect for carrying 10 clocks, and much cheaper! Thanks, Adam. The problem is that the original boxes gradually get beaten up, and the bubble-wrap sleeve gets lost. Also, w...
by MSoszynski
Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Travel Case for DGT Chess Clocks
Replies: 4
Views: 1355

Travel Case for DGT Chess Clocks

Has anyone here examined at close hand the 10-clock Universal Storage and Travel Case for DGT Chess Clocks? Any comments? Another picture of the insides would be helpful - the generic pictures on the web are all the same. My Club is considering buying one of these cases.
by MSoszynski
Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: English Chess Federation Forum
Topic: New service for ECF members?
Replies: 46
Views: 12676

Re: New service for ECF members?

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of costs for running the Seniors considering that the entry fee was £70 (£80 for latecomers).
by MSoszynski
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hospitality at your chess club
Replies: 13
Views: 2822

Re: Hospitality at your chess club

cold-war-cakes.jpg Each August since 2006 Sutton Coldfield Chess Club and Warley Quinborne Chess Club (both in the Birmingham League) have played a friendly match alternating between their respective home venues. At the very first match at half-time, along with a few biscuits, cake was served. A ye...
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU and the MCF
Replies: 300
Views: 27448

Re: NCCU and the MCF

I'm not sure why Manchester wished to become a county for the purposes of national competitions, when in similar geographical circumstances Birmingham and Bristol didn't. There was a meeting some time ago to decide whether or not a West Midlands County Chess Association should be set up. It was dec...
by MSoszynski
Sun May 11, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Optional donation
Replies: 5
Views: 1269

Re: Optional donation

Do any chess clubs have optional donations as part of their chess club membership payment? And if you do how successful is it? Current membership fees at Brewood are £30 for adults, £10 for juniors. There is also a charge of 30p per week for a cup of tea or coffee (in reality this is needed to pay ...
by MSoszynski
Thu May 08, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3093

Re: Attitudes

I think you are too quick in labelling this matter as "customer feedback". For me, the most useful kind of feedback is something which one can actually use to change or improve things in future, but when people mention things which clearly cannot be changed, I often think they are moaning and not g...