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by Mike Gunn
Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: In search of a President
Replies: 100
Views: 10133

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: 3231

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: 2042

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: 8225

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: 8225

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: 3313

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: 3318

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: 2794

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: 10763

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...
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 29, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players playing above their sections in congresses
Replies: 36
Views: 3211

Re: Players playing above their sections in congresses

You've got the maths wrong - 160s are now 170s. Another flaw in your argument is that somebody who is on the verge of becoming 200 doesn't just play people who are 160 but generally players in the range 160-220 so the effect is less than you are suggesting. While it's possible that some people may g...
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 29, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 4072

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

We're finding the same with the Surrey Easter Congress. The number in the Open is holding up but the lower sections have fewer players than previously. (This was for the sections with 2 5 hour rounds per day.)
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 29, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players playing above their sections in congresses
Replies: 36
Views: 3211

Re: Players playing above their sections in congresses

Since old ECF grade 200 translates to new ECF grade 202 under the approximate formula it's going to be (almost) exactly the same! It's being under 100 that will never be the same. PS As somebody with a current BCF grade of 117 who is contemplating playing in the Major (for the experience) at Torquay...
by Mike Gunn
Tue May 26, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairings
Replies: 10
Views: 1716

Re: Pairings

... and that Ed Default seems to play in quite a few tournaments but never scores any points.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details
Replies: 54
Views: 8263

Re: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details

The extra players come from a group which is currently not taking part in County chess - those graded (currently) U75 - but next year U100. In fact the SCCU did run an U75 section this year and three counties took part - proving that there is some demand for representative chess at this level.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details
Replies: 54
Views: 8263

Re: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details

To quote David Robertson from a post on the British Championships thread (19th May 2008): "Whatever other problems beyond my reach have befallen the British Championships, the supply of St George's Hall as a fabulous playing venue is not one of them. I have secured that without cost to the ECF, as a...