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by Mike Gunn
Thu May 01, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25088

Re: Resignation Rumours

Sean, I play in two leagues (this is fairly common around London). What would happen if one becomes a member organisation and the other opts to stick with game fee - would I have to pay twice?
by Mike Gunn
Thu May 01, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Voting Register
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

Re: ECF Council Voting Register

John, I reproduced Peter Sowray's account of this in a post on page 2 of the resignation rumours thread. I have never been a delegate to ECF council but I have participated many times in discussions of the council agenda in Southern Counties and Surrey meetings where there have been detailed discuss...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The President is missing!
Replies: 6
Views: 1468

Re: The President is missing!

As the ECF is a company limited by guarantee the existing board members can fill the vacancies until the next AGM. That is why they have asked for volunteers on the main page of the website. By the way, Charles, I have just read the message where you explain what you have been up to so far on the Ch...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25088

Re: Resignation Rumours

... or it could be the rule that you must have played a minimum of 9 games to get an official (published) grade.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25088

Re: Resignation Rumours

Ben, as everybody seems to be speaking in code (apart from David Robertson on The Atticus site) it is difficult to answer your question, but if there is an old guard on the ECF board I would guess it is Gerry Walsh (the President) and David Welch (Director of Home Chess). From the the limited person...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25088

Re: Resignation Rumours

The ECF board is elected by the ECF council which also has to ratify some board decisions. The makup of council was summarised by Peter Sowray on his website (see the blog link on http://www.ecfomov.co.uk/): "There are 46 Leagues who have a total of 87 votes between them. For example, the 4NCL has 6...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25088

Re: Resignation Rumours

I'm puzzled by the timing of these resignations. I have now heard from two people who were present at the ECF council and nothing seems to have happened which would lead to resignations. As I understand it the board has decided that a universal membership is needed. There are no definite proposals, ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The Arbitrary 40 point Rule
Replies: 9
Views: 2919

Re: The Arbitrary 40 point Rule

This is what Sir Richard Clarke wrote about the BCF grading scheme in 1969 (it is part of a longer article where he also discusses other grading schemes). "The B.C.F. Grading System The B.C.F. scheme followed Harkness. As soon as news of this plan reached here, the B.C.F. Development Committee began...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The Arbitrary 40 point Rule
Replies: 9
Views: 2919

Re: The Arbitrary 40 point Rule

Hi, John. It is so your grade doesn't go up when you lose to a much stronger player (and vice versa). Consider player A (grade 100) playing player B (grade 160). B beats A as expected) but only scores 100+50 grading points, i.e. 150 for the game). A scores 160-50=110 points. So A's grade goes up (al...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7572

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

I didn't vote because I couldn't decide how regular is "regular".
by Mike Gunn
Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 6.8 use of clock
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: Rule 6.8 use of clock

I'm also a "nearly arbiter" (like Sean). My interpretation of this section of the laws is basically the same as Sean, but I also believe that it is quite in order to stop your clock even if your opponent has "got in first" with his move and touched the clock (although he can't stop his clock of cour...
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 11, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE versus Nigel Short
Replies: 4
Views: 2374

FIDE versus Nigel Short

Congratulations to THE MANAGEMENT for defending Nigel (info from BCM site). This may just bring down FIDE disapproval on the ECF and do us no good in the long run but I (for one) am pleased to see the ECF sticking its head above the parapet and doing the right thing. PS Apologies if this appears twi...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Reluctance to Align with FIDE ELO?
Replies: 20
Views: 7463

The last one is easy: just add 400 for a win instead of 50. (And you'd need some starting values, of course.) But the argument as to whether the ECF or Elo systens are "working properly" still remains, of course.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING AND ADJUDICATION
Replies: 15
Views: 6646

I always opt for quickplay finishes and would (personally) be happy for them to apply universally, but it's a mistake to underestimate the opposition amongst some league chess players. The captain of my club's first team stood down last year when the first division of one of the leagues we play in w...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: MCCU Proposal to reduce number of Boards in County Matches
Replies: 34
Views: 12900

I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to raise a team for away matches, but I'm opposed to this as I believe it's the start of a slippery slope - how soon before we get calls for further reductions and the distinctive nature of county chess matches will be gone for ever?