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by James Toon
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why no fixtures?
Replies: 45
Views: 5692

Re: Why no fixtures?

I've just heard from Brian Smith. Apparently there was a "minor hiccup" (he didn't say what it was) and he now hopes to receive the fixtures in the week beginning 27 August. I really don't think this is acceptable and I've replied to Brian as follows: Thanks for the information. I don't know how you...
by James Toon
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why no fixtures?
Replies: 45
Views: 5692

Why no fixtures?

Does anyone know what's happened to the London League fixtures for next season? There's nothing on the League website and I haven't had a reply to an email I sent Brian Smith. Last year the fixtures were out by the start of August. There's no obvious reason for the delay since the League AGM took pl...
by James Toon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Local Chess Clubs Website
Replies: 11
Views: 2853

Re: Local Chess Clubs Website

Lots of content, regularly updated. Lots of games. Fixtures, results and tables, contact information. Profiles of leading players, with photos. A sense of history. I know this is a league website and not a club website, but have a look at http://cscl.org.uk . We have all the above, and separate page...
by James Toon
Thu May 24, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A report on the Central London League
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

Re: A report on the Central London League

Were there many 10.2s in the quickplay finishes?
No, there were no 10.2 claims in the quickplay finishes.

Very few leagues use the Fischer time control. I'm surprised, because it's much harder to lose on the time, and you get more opportunities to play endgames.
by James Toon
Tue May 22, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A report on the Central London League
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

A report on the Central London League

About a year ago, I said I wanted to start a new chess league in central London for players who wanted a guaranteed finish to their game on the night – no adjournments or adjudications. There was enough interest to justify going ahead. The Central London League has completed its first season and t...
by James Toon
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Chess is a game"
Replies: 26
Views: 4028

Re: "Chess is a game"

"Chess. It's not a game."

See this video on the dangers of playing chess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIQvkwhLJHo&feature=fvsr.
by James Toon
Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does money buy success?
Replies: 105
Views: 9807

Re: Does money buy success?

I play for Guildford B in Division 1 of the Surrey Border League. Our next fixture would have been against Sandhurst A, so I would probably have faced Nick Pert on board 1. But first they defaulted on their next match against Drunken Knights, then they withdrew from the League. I haven't seen any ex...
by James Toon
Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Article 10.2 and incremental time controls
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Article 10.2 and incremental time controls

Article 10.2 of the FIDE Laws states: Article 10: Quickplay Finish 10.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the (remaining) moves must be made in a limited time. 10.2 If the player, having the move, has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag...
by James Toon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: recommend a portable chess board
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: recommend a portable chess board

Guy It's a bit late now, but for future reference the portable sets at House of Chess are worth looking at. This is an American company. I bought their 10" by 8" magnetic wooden set last year for about £40 including shipping (see http://www.houseofchess.com/product/magnetic_chess_set_rectangular_bo...
by James Toon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Central London League: a progress report
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: Central London League: a progress report

I should have mentioned that Pimlico Wanderers is the team I have set up for individuals who want to play in the League but don't have a team of their own. Their fixtures, which are mostly on Thursdays, are on the League website at http://clcl.org.uk/fixtures.html (look under Pimlico). I will be the...
by James Toon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Central London League: a progress report
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: Central London League: a progress report

Some decisions: •   The League will use a Fischer time control (80 10) with a standard quickplay finish as backup (30/75 + All/15). •   The standard starting time is 6.30pm, although matches involving Imperial College will start at 6.45pm. • Teams will play each other once only in the fi...
by James Toon
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Surrey Border League Fixtures on-line
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Surrey Border League Fixtures on-line

Thanks John. Are there any rule changes that players should know about?

The Central London League joins the Border League in being one of the very few leagues in the country to offer a Fischer time control (80 10).
by James Toon
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Central London League: a progress report
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Central London League: a progress report

In a previous thread I set out my intention to start a new chess league in central London where all the games would finish on the night. I'm pleased to say that enough teams have entered to make the League viable and it will be starting this autumn. There will be one division, with seven clubs field...
by James Toon
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - The proposal
Replies: 306
Views: 18110

Re: ECF Membership - The proposal

These comments are why I am puzzled that a new evening league is being launched in London which is not intending to be one of status. A new league would be pointless in much of the country. But unlike London, the rules of evening leagues elsewhere allow games to be finished on the night at the insi...
by James Toon
Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - The proposal
Replies: 306
Views: 18110

Re: ECF Membership - The proposal

I have a different question about the impact of ECF membership on non-English players. Suppose you are registered with another national federation, but you live in England and play most of your chess here. Does ECF membership automatically change your country code to ENG? Or can you retain your orig...