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by Mike Gunn
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 9727

Re: Council Papers are out

Back in the day when you didn't need to join the ECF to play FIDE rated chess there were about 1,000 "Direct Members" of the ECF (the equivalent of today's Platinum membership). Although you got some benefits from this membership (free yearbook, reduced entry fee to tournaments and a free annual pri...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 48
Views: 6549

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

There is a junior event taking place at Basildon at the same time as this rapidplay so cross-subsidy would be possible. The first tournament I ever played in was a rapidplay for juniors in Basildon in the late 60's. I scored 50% and particularly remember the first game where my opponent blitzed me o...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 48
Views: 6549

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I don't think this model (choice of £6 or £19 entry) will work. (The organiser will lose money.) Following some opinions expressed on here that participation in tournaments was not sensitive to the prize money offered we tried lowering the prizes in the Surrey Congress and we didn't have a viable to...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 20118

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

If your grade was based on current speed then it would be based on just the last game played. Your grade would be even more volatile than when the ECF adopted the last 30 games played method.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 306
Views: 29742

Re: Arbitration question

Probably not (see 6.12.2. I think you have to rely on your scoresheet.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 306
Views: 29742

Re: Arbitration question

"6.12.1 Screens, monitors, or demonstration boards showing the current position on the chessboard, the moves and the number of moves made/completed, and clocks which also show the number of moves, are allowed in the playing hall. 6.12.2 The player may not make a claim relying only on information sho...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 14808

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

A few years back (when the 2 week congress was standard) the ECF ran graded sections for seniors (U130 and U150 I think). There were enough entrants to make the competitions viable but after I became the (joint) British U130 Senior Champion in Aberystwyth in 2014 the events were abandoned. Perhaps I...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 7184

Re: Brexit tea leaves

If you vote down the Queen's speech or pass a vote of no confidence then Brexit could be stopped by forming a new government (without having an election). At present this seems unlikely because opposition parties (and rebel Tory MPs) can't agree on who would lead such a government.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Legitimate procedure in making a move?
Replies: 23
Views: 2482

Re: Legitimate procedure in making a move?

There are (at least) two exceptions? 1. illegal move and 2. (as on my scoresheets) where I sometimes omit a pair of moves, usually after my opponent has played something I wasn't expecting.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 8060

Re: July 2019 grades......

In relation to the Surrey grading I spoke to Matthew at the British and it turns out that simplest solution for me (remove the January submitted results) was feasible and I saw him do this. Thanks to Nick for offering his help in checking the results but his help has turned out to be not needed.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2608

Re: Britbase Question

Hmmm, that link gives me:

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by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 8060

Re: July 2019 grades......

Oops, the Surrey foul up is down to me - unaccountably I used a different event code in January to the one I normally use.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: DBS Checks
Replies: 4
Views: 2705

Re: DBS Checks

Two years ago we (Guildford) paid about £30 for up to (about) 10 DBS checks. According to information on the web we should have got it done by some organisation in Woking that helped voluntary organisations but when we eventually tracked them down we discovered they didn't do it anymore and were red...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 4881

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I sympathise with Devon. I think we should change the rules so that either team has the right to insist on a telephone match (at all stages of the competition). I understand from earlier discussion that such a thing can be easily done these days via the internet although the name of the software you...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3225
Views: 167292

Re: The English Language

White wins the game efficiently from an overwhelming position.