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by Mike Gunn
Fri May 15, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9651

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Surrey will be entering two teams in the ECF Online County Championship.
by Mike Gunn
Mon May 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 3336

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

Did the Clapham Common club in London have an inside venue? When I lived next to CC (1973-75) there were chess tables on the common itself and you saw people playing but whether they were members of the CC club or CC club members ever played on the common, I never discovered. (The CC clubs won vario...
by Mike Gunn
Sun May 10, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9485

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

There is a case for making the Council Forum private: many people (including ECF board members) have told me over the years that they would never post here. (Of course we all value the cut and thrust of honest debate, but many non-posters regard this place as a bearpit.)
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 09, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 20335

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

I disagree. I think it is worth discussing partly because there is an established overlap between chess, the quizzing world and possible cheating.
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 02, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9651

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

With Mark Murrell's permission I have posted the ECF proposal for an online County Competition on the Guildford CC website. You can down load it from this link: http://www.guildfordchess.co.uk/wp-cont ... CSec-2.pdf.
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 01, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 73
Views: 7275

Re: July 2020 grades

Theoretically it should be 80, but I guess a case could be made for 75.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407625

Re: Media comments on chess

Further to the Reykjavik 1972 query a colleague from Guildford Chess Club who was reporting on the match tells me he can't remember any posters in the toilets, either. However, he adds that this is the sort of detail he probably wouldn't have noticed anyway. He sent me a nice image of the original p...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127627

Re: Cheating in chess

David Sedgwick wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:55 pm
I seldom make comments about fellow arbiters on this Forum and on this occasion I can't. The Chief Arbiter is IA Nuno Felipe Andrade. I have to confess that I had not previously heard of him.
This looks like an anagram of April Fool in some vaguely recognisable language.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2882

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Drapery would seem to be appropriate as a cover story?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 20335

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

I think the ambiguity in the message of the play and TV programme was deliberate. Remember the Picasso quote at the start: "Art is not true, but Art illuminates the truth" (or similar). Nobody knows (apart from the Ingrams) whether they really cheated and I think that is the main point of the progra...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kindle to PDF
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: Kindle to PDF

Copyright law.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7487

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I was bought the Moves that Matter for Xmas but I haven't read more than a few pages (yet). I have started to re-read Zebras and most of the points JR makes are reasonable, indeed they are common sense or common place things and they don't need backing up by long quotes from scientists, psychologist...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 90
Views: 5717

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

To attempt to answer the original question it is either: 1. A lack of social discipline or 2. living in an open society (depending on your point of view). After 20 days of going for our daily walk in the local park (about 200 metres away) I have noted that whereas 90% of people on the streets are ca...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7487

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Yes, Purdy in his "Guide to Good Chess" (1st edition, 1950) gave a list of things you should consider before making a move. The last one was (paraphrased) "if you can't find anything better to do, improve the position of your worst placed piece" so the idea is at least as old as that.