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by Mike Gunn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 95
Views: 15469

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: 47897

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: 47897

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: 668

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: 14301

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: 5497

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: 8
Views: 1624

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: 855

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: 47897

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...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is sport!?
Replies: 16
Views: 1618

Re: Chess is sport!?

Wasn't Tony Banks (Minister of Sport in the 1st Blair government) just about to declare chess a sport when he was replaced by someone else?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 10096

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Would participants in this Portmeirion chess congress dream of being chased through the streets by large bouncing balls looking like the Covid19 virus?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2076

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Pocket Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings by Jon Speelman (1981). This will be in my pocket when I set out on my daily walk in a few minutes time. There are lots of single volume (and some multi volume) guides which are not (and don't aim to be) encyclopaedic such as the 4 volumes by John Watson, the 2...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 170
Views: 11891

Re: ECF Online County Championship

A chat room is a good idea.

Kevin, it's a bit like having a team full of Fred Mannings (in his later years).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 170
Views: 11891

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Kevin, it's much worse online. At least in the flesh you can count them and see them playing. You know the late ones are usually late and will probably turn up anyway. Online you wonder whether they all saw that last email or read the instructions properly ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 170
Views: 11891

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Speaking as a captain I found it approximately ten times more stressful and time consuming than organising a team and playing in an OTB county match. I really miss the social aspects, travelling, meeting people and so forth. But it is chess, although not as we know it (and we won our match by 1 poin...