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by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

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: 1569

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: 3071

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: 3071

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: 914

Re: Many Happy Returns Aaron Summerscale

I usually click on the links and they are good value (imo). Please carry on posting them, John.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 134
Views: 7207

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Juniors could perhaps be easily influenced by others to vote. A few years back the vote for ECF Player of the Year had to be abandoned because school pupils voted en masse for one particular candidate. If parents want to influence what the ECF does then they should join under their own name and not ...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The way the French have set up there is no room for a clock although I suppose a slightly longer table or moving things towards one end of the table could just about create room for the clock.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 134
Views: 7207

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Yes juniors can vote in these elections. I have some reservations about this but discovered I was in a minority when the point was discussed on the governance committee or board.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 134
Views: 7207

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Aside from the matter of principle (which is sufficient to my mind) not publishing votes cast for candidates deprives both the candidates and the electorate of very useful information in relation to future decisions to of whether to stand again and who to vote for. It is very encouraging that we hav...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 134
Views: 7207

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: 1537

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: 2073

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: 5126

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: 12
Views: 1558

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: 5126

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'...