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by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: County Success - The White Rose Flies High
Replies: 60
Views: 5183

Re: County Success - The White Rose Flies High

(Basically, the same as Sean, then.)
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: County Success - The White Rose Flies High
Replies: 60
Views: 5183

Re: County Success - The White Rose Flies High

Mark assuming that (i) YCA uses the same method as the ECF in calculating grades and (ii) you have played less than thirty games in total in the last three seasons, your 2009 grade will be calculated as the sum of the points you have scored in the 2006/7, the 2007/8 and 2008/9 seasons divided by the...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading results check
Replies: 11
Views: 2586

Re: ECF Grading results check

Mine turned up with a timestamp of 10.15am on it.

The accompanying text says late July or early August for the new grades. The delay is taken up with results being corrected etc
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10220

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

Thanks. This is the thread that dealt with how starting grades are found: http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=140

(Nowhere is it said if there is a minimum number of games for a player's grade to be used for calculating the grades of others.)
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10220

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

Following on from Ian's comment I would like to reinforce the point that it is always dangerous to generalise from examples using a small number of players and/or games. (Lighthouse keepers again.) We need to remember that all this stuff is to do with statistics and the results of calculations can b...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10220

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

If a grading system was 100% reliable as a predictor, no grade would ever change.
Except for lighthousekeepers, of course.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 9908

Re: In search of a President

My partner Rosie has just suggested the actor who played Keith Miller on Eastenders. Apparently Keith demonstrated a proficiency at chess in one episode of Brtain's favourite soap (well, he knew how all the bits moved). The actor of Keith would certainly strike a chord with a section of the demograp...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jeremy Clarkson - chess fan?
Replies: 22
Views: 3208

Re: Jeremy Clarkson - chess fan?

But, seriously, do we want someone as ECF president who owns up to stealing his son's queen, when he's not looking? I think: not.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Hoe sterk was Humphrey Bogart?
Replies: 11
Views: 2016

Re: Hoe sterk was Humphrey Bogart?

Mike Fox and Richard James put Bogart on board 1 of their "showbiz allstars team" in The Even More Complete Chess Addict. Some things they say about Bogart: (i) he beat Reshevsky in a simul; (ii) he was offered the job as resident expert/hustler at a chess cafe in New York; (iii) most of his publish...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7964

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

This is just to confirm the details of the Hartston-Basman playoff for the 1973 British Championship which I mentioned attending (one game of). It was held from Jan 28th to Feb 3rd 1974 at "Heathrow Hotel". There is a report on pages 81 to 85 of the March 1974 BCM by Harry Golembek. Interesting poin...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7964

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

<Surely Mike Basman gets a mention? Botwinnik thought he was the most promising young British player in 1967(?), and he was a pretty good judge. Without looking it up, I think Mike lost a play-off to Bill Hartston one year.> This was 1973. I went to one of the games in the playoff (which in those da...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?
Replies: 20
Views: 3300

Re: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?

The problem with this beginner/ inanimate object idea is that if he plays in another league or set of tournaments he will end up with a different grade. This tells us something quite important about grading systems.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Diaganol Method for mating with KNB v K
Replies: 9
Views: 3308

Re: Diaganol Method for mating with KNB v K

The non-W method is sometimes called the Russian method of mating with B and N. It's described in "A Pocket Guide to Chess Endgames" by David Hooper which is out of print but available quite cheaply e.g. via www.adebooks.co.uk. Every few years there is a story in a chess magazine about some strong p...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay game: both digital clocks reach 00:00
Replies: 34
Views: 2735

Re: Rapidplay game: both digital clocks reach 00:00

Part of article 6.1 of the FIDE Laws of chess states: "Flag fall' means the expiration of the allotted time for a player. The Laws contans an appendix (B) which specifies where procedures are different in Rapidplay games. This includes: B7. The flag is considered to have fallen when a player has mad...
by Mike Gunn
Sun May 31, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New Site
Replies: 98
Views: 10457

Re: New Site

The first time you join the ECF you have to sign the physical copy of the application form and send it (by post) to the ECF. This is because of company law. But I can't see any reason why renewing your membership or applying to play in the British can't be done over the internet by some secure payme...