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by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 31
Views: 873

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

"Years of research involving the strongest chess software and hardware in the world by GM Larry Kaufman and others suggests that the most correct (rounded) piece values 1 (pawn), 3.45 (knight), 3.55 (bishop), 5.25 (rook) and 10 for the queen." (Applying Logic in Chess by Erik Kislik, Gambit, 2018.) ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 90
Views: 4945

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

No the elections are secret ballots.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unusual Openings
Replies: 14
Views: 675

Re: Unusual Openings

Basman calls 1. a3 ... 2. h3 the "Creepy Crawly" opening and has published a pamphlet on it (which I have, somewhere).
by Mike Gunn
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 90
Views: 4945

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I am not sure why the various Director's reports are split and combined in the way they are. Since the board adopted the recommendations of the Pearce Report there has been a combined board report rather than reports from the individual executive directors. The existence of a separate report on wom...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Actually the WHO (like everybody else) doesn't know how the infection is spread. If you want some informed comment from an expert then see the examples in the blog by Erin Bromage ( https://tinyurl.com/y83xeygm . The examples of the restaurant, workplace and choir seem to indicate that airborne tran...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The maths is quite straight forward. In an earlier post Alex McFarlane described how (in his experience) you could tell which round you were in at Hastings according to the amount of coughing he could hear. It is just common sense that by restricting contacts you restrict the spread of a virus.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If I play three games in a day, and don't speak to anyone except my opponents, am I undertaking an activity "with" the other 20 players in my section? If an infectious person plays in a 5 round Swiss he is potentially infecting up to another 31 people but if he plays in an all play all section of 6...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

All play all sections of 6 players used to be a format used by many tournaments - maybe it's time to turn the clock back?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Lunch and supper are two different events. Perhaps if you locked everybody out at lunchtime at a chess tournament that could count as 2 different events but it looks too much like trying to get round the rules to me.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yes, 3.19 of the government guidelines is the essential bit.

You could organise a chess tournament with Covid precautions based on APA sections of 6 but (e.g.) ordinary Swiss pairings would result in mingling between groups of 6 and would therefore be illegal.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55411

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Don't shoot the messenger. As far as I know Northumberland, Fareham and Harrogate are all still going ahead as planned. They are still accepting entries. The government have just shot the messenger. According to the new legislation it is now illegal to organise or participate in a chess congress, c...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: An Idiot-Proof Chess Opening Repertoire
Replies: 21
Views: 1438

Re: An Idiot-Proof Chess Opening Repertoire

(As I think I have pointed out before) there are several different types of opening books and there has been a change in fashion (and titles) over the last 25 years or so. 25 years ago it was all "Winning with ..." and "the Complete ..." and these titles have now g.one out of fashion. If you list th...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2762

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

Most of the time white goes for the kingside attack with the KIA. Black usually sets up in the usual French way but lacks one of his normal targets (the white pawn on d4).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2762

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

With white I play the King's Indian Attack because that is the line which really annoys be when I'm playing the French as black. Simon Williams has a good line as black against the KIA but nobody has ever played that against me.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Many Happy Returns Aaron Summerscale
Replies: 8
Views: 862

Re: Many Happy Returns Aaron Summerscale

I usually click on the links and they are good value (imo). Please carry on posting them, John.