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by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Chess Championships 2019 Commentary
Replies: 2
Views: 1205

Re: British Chess Championships 2019 Commentary

This is great news!
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Comment?
Replies: 24
Views: 3428

Re: No Comment?

Alex while appreciating the financial difficulty it seems to me that the ECF is missing an opportunity here to promote chess. We have experienced and able commentators (Williams, Ward, Trent etc) in the UK and we have (potentially) a great product to promote (the strongest British chess players play...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 19
Views: 2930

Re: Governance issues

See item 19 of the March minutes (https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-cont ... ration.pdf).

The discussion was wider than the minute suggests but no conclusion was reached.
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Comment?
Replies: 24
Views: 3428

Re: No Comment?

At Llandudno I remember having the choice of the onsite commentary (with audience interaction, visits from players who went through their games) and (in my hotel room) the offsite commentary which wasn't even particularly knowledgeable about the players taking part. I guess it's all about the budget...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Comment?
Replies: 24
Views: 3428

Re: No Comment?

The (apparent) absence of a commentary team was one of the reasons I didn't go to Hull. (I had emailed the ECF and asked what the plans were and (on receiving no reply) got the message that it was regarded as a low priority.)
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess notation
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Chess notation

The answer is the same (I think). While the compact notation (1. e4 Nf6) is most commonly used (and encouraged) looking at my own scoresheets (as well as those of others) it is common to see mistakes in the form of ambiguous moves (e.g. Nd7 when Nbd7 is required) or in my case (because I first learn...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Draw Croatia
Replies: 30
Views: 3233

Re: Grand Chess Draw Croatia

Even the poll is currently drawn at 3 votes each.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 9998

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

The London Chess Classic was much more entertaining from the spectator's point of view when the 8 players consisted of 4 from the top 10 and 4 English GMs (more decisive results and occasionally the English underdog would win), so here's a vote for more mixed (in terms of ability) tournaments . The ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 19
Views: 2930

Re: Governance issues

It's a governance issue in the sense of: could we have a better set of rules to deal with this situation?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 19
Views: 2930

Re: Governance issues

Ian is correct, all the relevant dates are set out in the ECF articles and #12 of Bye Law No.3. Normally the board fills any casual vacancy that occurs between AGMs. However, in re-reading these documents before making this post I discovered that Council also has power to fill a vacancy by passing a...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 19
Views: 2930

Re: Governance issues

In my capacity as Council Chairman I get invited to attend some board meetings (usually the ones just before general meetings) and so I can report that I have witnessed a board discussion on the situation arising from Traci's late decision not to stand. The basic difficulty is that a director can de...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 9079

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Nick, you are quite right: I could have ruled amending the motion in this way out of order but it seemed to me that it was achieving the same aim (female participation) but without several (probable) defaults so my judgement was to let it be voted on (and the motion came very close to being passed, ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 9079

Re: April Council meeting 2019

As it happens I had friendly relations with Richard over a period of about 15 years! With possibly a couple of exceptions I was always able to meet the ECF deallines for grading submissions.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme
Replies: 13
Views: 1898

Re: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme

There is a history credited to (I think) Poole & Reuben in the centenary yearbook. Like they say "I'm on the train" and so can't give a precise reference.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

This year (and last) I am the captain of the Surrey U140 and U100 teams. The U100 team defaulted its first match last year (a semi final) because I was unable to find more than 5 players to travel to Milton Keynes from Surrey. I got some flack for this at the Surrey AGM and this year I was told that...