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by Mike Gunn
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 134
Views: 6219

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

I think the number of votes for each candidate should be published, too. It is quite extraordinary not to do so - let's have some transparency!
by Mike Gunn
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 39
Views: 1326

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

The 2nd game in Mike Basman's "Killer Grob"(Pergamon, 1991) is Basman 1-0 Nunn played in Oxford, October 1978.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Paleface Attack
Replies: 28
Views: 1856

Re: Paleface Attack

Why doesn't the Lone Ranger play chess against Tonto any more?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 4750

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Thanks to David for pointing out the issues of the SCCU bulletin which dealt with the problematic telephone matches. It seems that the main issues were with accuracy of transmission of moves. I think this would be much less likely today where either players (or those transmitting moves to players) w...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Summary of the new grading system?
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Summary of the new grading system?

If you divide the (4 digit) grading difference by 8 or 7.5 to get the equivalent (3 digit) ECF grading difference and then apply the old rule you won't be far out.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 4750

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

I think Tim's idea is worth a try. I worry not just about playing in a Covid-19 safe environment down at the local club but also the travelling to away venues. (I don't particularly want to spend an hour driving to a venue with other players in my car even if they are wearing masks.) Playing at one'...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 95
Views: 15132

Re: Minimum Grades

This was noticed in January and a merge requested then.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44252

Re: 4NCL Online

Replying to Martin Carpenter: surely there may be some psychological effect on your play if your opponent never makes a mistake, always comes back with the perfect move?
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44252

Re: 4NCL Online

Or playing someone who is cheating?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Establishing an online chess club
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Establishing an online chess club

We (Guildford) have run an online club championship lasting 8 weeks with very similar arrangements to our normal OTB championship. We have a rule which allows players to take up to 3 half point byes (for holidays etc) but (perhaps for obvious reasons) every player has played in every round this time...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12589

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I recall from my time on the ECF board that FIDE would only pay attention to communications from either the FIDE delegate or the President of each affiliated member, so perhaps this is an example of this policy in reverse.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Motivational slogans for chess players
Replies: 22
Views: 5327

Re: Motivational slogans for chess players

The usual version of the story has Nimzowitsch standing on the table and shouting: "Why must I lose to this idiot?" after losing a game to Samisch.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020

The first year I played over the New Year at Hastings was 96/97 when Jim and I stayed in the same hotel (The Grand). The Grand had an eccentric owner/ proprietor who placed the four chess players staying there at the same table complete with those little paper national flags on sticks that you used ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 821

Re: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?

It's so all players can grumble about having an unequal number of whites and blacks.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44252

Re: 4NCL Online

Here is my post about my two humped distribution of my exam marks: https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10832&p=245701#p245701 . Just coincidentally (during a rather boring section of a Skype meeting yesterday) when catching up with my university emails I found one stating that attempts to...