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by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 124
Views: 10188

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

A few years back (when the 2 week congress was standard) the ECF ran graded sections for seniors (U130 and U150 I think). There were enough entrants to make the competitions viable but after I became the (joint) British U130 Senior Champion in Aberystwyth in 2014 the events were abandoned. Perhaps I...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4604

Re: Brexit tea leaves

If you vote down the Queen's speech or pass a vote of no confidence then Brexit could be stopped by forming a new government (without having an election). At present this seems unlikely because opposition parties (and rebel Tory MPs) can't agree on who would lead such a government.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Legitimate procedure in making a move?
Replies: 23
Views: 2089

Re: Legitimate procedure in making a move?

There are (at least) two exceptions? 1. illegal move and 2. (as on my scoresheets) where I sometimes omit a pair of moves, usually after my opponent has played something I wasn't expecting.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 6116

Re: July 2019 grades......

In relation to the Surrey grading I spoke to Matthew at the British and it turns out that simplest solution for me (remove the January submitted results) was feasible and I saw him do this. Thanks to Nick for offering his help in checking the results but his help has turned out to be not needed.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2151

Re: Britbase Question

Hmmm, that link gives me:

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by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 6116

Re: July 2019 grades......

Oops, the Surrey foul up is down to me - unaccountably I used a different event code in January to the one I normally use.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: DBS Checks
Replies: 4
Views: 2347

Re: DBS Checks

Two years ago we (Guildford) paid about £30 for up to (about) 10 DBS checks. According to information on the web we should have got it done by some organisation in Woking that helped voluntary organisations but when we eventually tracked them down we discovered they didn't do it anymore and were red...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 3947

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I sympathise with Devon. I think we should change the rules so that either team has the right to insist on a telephone match (at all stages of the competition). I understand from earlier discussion that such a thing can be easily done these days via the internet although the name of the software you...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140590

Re: The English Language

White wins the game efficiently from an overwhelming position.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Chess Championships 2019 Commentary
Replies: 2
Views: 912

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: 2660

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: 2265

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: 2660

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: 2660

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: 5
Views: 891

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...