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by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2152
Views: 179349

Re: Cheating in chess

I have been hesitating to out myself as an ECF arbiter playing in the 4NCL as the cloud of suspicion must surely now fall on me. However, my playing record (played 1, lost 1) and general standard of play probably lets me off the hook.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4214

Re: Closing Gambit

I have seen this film and it made very little impression on me because (for those of us who lived through it and followed the match at the time) it contained very little that is new. It was marginally interesting to the comments of some of those involved (e.g. Michael Stean) but there are no chess g...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1612
Views: 87647

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Today's story is that 12 people have been fined for playing dominoes in an East London restaurant. (They were wearing masks, allegedly).
by Mike Gunn
Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4125
Views: 447495

Re: Media comments on chess

Question on last night's University Challenge: "Which sport, which stopped being part of the Olympic Games in 192X and was readmitted in 1932, has been described as 'chess on ice'?".

The answer (easily guessed, I thought) was "Curling".
by Mike Gunn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3263
Views: 172134

Re: The English Language

Problems require solutions.

Issues are there to be discussed.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Constitution for chess club
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Constitution for chess club

Guildford CC did one recently (you can find it on our website: www.guildfordchess.co.uk) and we based it on the St Albans one after looking at a few alternatives.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Chess Web Agency and Queens Gambit Academy
Replies: 14
Views: 768

Re: Chess Web Agency and Queens Gambit Academy

On the queensgambitacademy.com page about halfway down there is an invitation to join at a cost of: "€3 PER MONTH ON A YEARLY PLAN" and then lower down it says: "Join the Queens Gambit Academy for just €3 per week on our yearly plan". I presume that either month or plan is a typo.

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by Mike Gunn
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 91
Views: 12803

Re: Hope for our society!

Stoughton is an area of Guildford (which I lived in years ago) and we pronounced it to rhyme with the bough of a tree or stout (as in fat).
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.

It's good to see you are getting better, Alex. See you at Hastings, some year or other ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London System
Replies: 20
Views: 2358

Re: London System

Years ago when playing in a Richmond Rapidplay my junior opponents both played the London in the 1st 2 games I had as black. I approached Susan Lalic (who was controlling the event) and asked her for a good line against the London. She reeled off a dozen moves of theory (which I couldn't remember) a...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1612
Views: 87647

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'm captain of two Surrey teams. One is odds on favourite to win its division and the other has an outside chance of winning a cup. For me this is unfinished business and I would like to see it concluded!
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1391

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

"Surrey's interclub cup competition is called the Alexander Cup and is presumably named after either L or FFL Alexander." FFL, it's stated in "50 Years of Battersea Chess" (assuming I remembered the title correctly.) I did inform one of your Surrey colleagues a few years ago, but he never acknowled...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1391

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

Surrey's interclub cup competition is called the Alexander Cup and is presumably named after either L or FFL Alexander.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 34
Views: 2366

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: 96
Views: 7604

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

No the elections are secret ballots.