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by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12046

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

(Unless the rules of the competition specify otherwise) yes. (Read your competition rules. The FIDE Laws can be downloaded from the ECF site.)
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13070

Re: Descriptive notation

The book in which a game is scored at the start in descriptive and algebraic is the match book for Karpov-Korchnoi (1974) by Hartston/Keene. The book then goes on to use long algebraic (1, e2-e4 e7-e5 etc) as do some other books I bought arond that time includung Chess for Tigers by Webb.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13070

Re: Descriptive notation

I remember this move being led (at least in part) by Ray Keene. In one book (which I don't seem to be able to find) I remember he gives an example of the same game in descriptive and algebraic and says algebraic is clearly better because you can fit in more game scores per page. But "Becoming a Gran...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 27218

Re: Update on Project?

Quite. 10,000 chess sets would occupy about 25 m3 of space and could be transported an 5 medium sized transit vans. Organising the distribution of the sets requires a fair bit of work but none of this was ever impossible (if we somehow managed to acquire the sets).
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: question for you all
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Re: question for you all

You're right: an arbiter is not an arbiter unless he has been appointed for the competition/ match/ game in question. (An unappointed arbiter is a bit like an off-duty policeman) Of course he/she may find themselves being consulted if an incident takes place for advice on the rules etc.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: question for you all
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Re: question for you all

Michael, I disagree with your point about increments. Using a 5 second increment in evening league chess is a good practical way of avoiding 10.2 problems. For example replacing G90 by G80 plus a 5 second increment means that both players must have played 120 moves within the 3 hours. Additionally e...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A Vision for the Future
Replies: 52
Views: 6727

Re: A Vision for the Future

Part of my vision is that every school in England should receive 10 free chess sets.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: question for you all
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Re: question for you all

This is covered by article 7.4 of the FIDE laws according to which the game must be restored to the position before an illegal move was made (You can stop the clocks to do this). The opponent of the player who made the illegal move gets two minutes extra. If an arbiter is present (and sees the illeg...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009
Replies: 130
Views: 11190

Re: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009

But the offer of the sets has been made. This is the crucial point. Surely what the ECF should be saying is "Holloid has let us down but we intend to honour the commitment to supply the sets, even if it takes us years." We will still go ahead with the academies, sale of support materials, organisati...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009
Replies: 130
Views: 11190

Re: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009

Obviously I meant they have NOT supplied what they offered ...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009
Replies: 130
Views: 11190

Re: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009

David Robertson (and possibly one or two others on this forum) who doubted this scheme from the start were absolutely right. A company like Holloid was never in a position to be able to afford to donate 250,000 free chess sets (even before the credit crunch). Apart from the pre-production costs you ...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009
Replies: 130
Views: 11190

Re: Board Meeting : Saturday, January 10th 2009

I would like to support the Andrew Martin plan. To my mind the main priority must be to get the chess sets into schools. I have read those posts which say the schools don't actually need sets but we have promised sets to 9000 schools! I'm astonished to see people on this forum suggesting that becaus...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 95
Views: 9598

Re: Hastings

The weather was terrible? I'm guessing you haven't been there one of the years when it has snowed? (I remember playing on the pier with most players wearing coats and glovees, all the pipework frozen, the seafront like an ice rink, all roads to Hastings blocked with snow.)
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Lack of chess sets is not the problem
Replies: 56
Views: 17937

Re: Lack of chess sets is not the problem

I don't think coaching is necessarily the key. OK, this is just my experience (in a grammar school in the 1960s) but we had no coaching. One master was responsible for chess and was present at the school club one night a week and must have arranged fixtures with other schools but everything else was...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????
Replies: 89
Views: 10287

Re: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????

If you look at the ECF articles and bye laws (http://www.englishchess.org.uk/organisation/general/memo-articles_apr07.htm) you will see that it would be in order for the board to delegate its powers (including the power to appoint an officer) to a committee containing at least one board member as lo...