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by Mike Gunn
Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5162

Re: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?

Frank, the current prospects of getting a Master Game type of programme back on TV are discussed on pages 5 and 6 of the "at the mercy of the arbiter" thread. (There were also similar discussions a year or two ago.) Sadly, there seems no immediate prospect of such a programme returning.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 10818

Re: Incremental Time Controls

When increments are used the criterion that the time for all moves must be 1 hour or more is replaced by the criterion that the time for 60 moves must be 1 hour or more. This is in the front of the grading book or buried on the ECF site somewhere, I think.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12337

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

(As pointed out on the SCCU website about a year ago) the ECF only grade games which conform to the FIDE Laws, so if the games in your league are graded (I'm guessing they are) then the mobile phone law applies. (In practice it's not quite as simple as this as some FIDE Laws are not universally appl...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12337

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: 13443

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: 13443

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: 28331

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: 3026

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: 3026

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: 6894

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: 3026

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: 11449

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: 11449

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: 11449

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: 11449

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...