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by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal
Replies: 163
Views: 8436

Re: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal

"I think you're doing it wrong." Alex - not my fault! "Is the dispute ridden nature of Surrey down to the perpetual fights with CCF or was it always that way?" Roger - the latter. But I think disputes happen everywhere. The problem with CCF vs Surrey is that the former are now operating almost entir...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal
Replies: 163
Views: 8436

Re: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal

"I gather Surrey recently changed from a OMOV structure to a representative one, because they got so fed up of the meeting being flooded when particular agenda items came up." Unfortunately, the "wrong" people were winning votes! So it changed to one vote per club, plus one vote for each team entere...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rick Spleen on Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 4929

Re: Rick Spleen on Chess

"Fairly conclusive evidence that Jack Dee is "one of us". Who knows, maybe he even lurks on this forum, avidly reads about suggested amendments to the grading system and has a deep, well-informed understanding of the arguments regarding ECF game fee versus membership..." It might explain his fairly ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Finals
Replies: 40
Views: 3406

Re: County Finals

I was just reading the chess report in the "Times" for 16th April 1924 and it reports that Surrey beat Essex 11-6 in the SCCU Championship semi-final, and goes on:- "The Surrey executive have not adopted the suggestion to play the final match against Somersetshire at Weston-super-Mare during the Wes...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13821

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

"Over 60 and there are no rules regarding drugs in WADA." Stewart - I still don't think this is right! Last time I read the WADA regulations, I didn't find any sort of age limit mentioned. I may have missed it. I wouldn't expect an age limit as some competitiors in the Olympics could be over 60 (e.g...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Platinum Membership
Replies: 29
Views: 3273

Re: Platinum Membership

"For example the Pimlico club (previously the Civil Service Home Office and Justice club) report at http://www.hojcc.com/events110428.html Quote: 4.3 Looking ahead, Richard Fries explained that under the provisions of the Charities Act 2006, chess clubs were now eligible for charitable status so tha...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Platinum Membership
Replies: 29
Views: 3273

Re: Platinum Membership

"Maybe a further perk could be to be allowed to sit in on an ECF board meeting "

OK, I'll bite - did you omit the word "not"?

The proposed platinum rate looks reasonable.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Finals
Replies: 40
Views: 3406

Re: County Finals

"The Open final is to be played between Surrey and Kent presumably somewhere in the Midlands. We haven't yet had the usual complaints about having to travel a couple of hours or more to meet the county next door." Especially as it is quite likely that at least one car heading North will contain two ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Scoring Record at Cricket
Replies: 44
Views: 3893

Re: Scoring Record at Cricket

I remember seeing Sobers hit the six sixes live as well - I think BBC were showing the Glamorgan game courtesy of BBC Wales as whatever was on main BBC had been rained off. Richard Pyrah managed to concede 8 off one ball for Yorkshire in the T20 the other day, but I believe no-balls count 2 in that ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on Radio 4 this afternoon
Replies: 12
Views: 1163

Re: Chess on Radio 4 this afternoon

Is Susan Polgar currently a member of a Federation? I would have thought that is a prerequisite to trying to win a FIDE election?
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Superfluous notation clarification
Replies: 13
Views: 2360

Re: Superfluous notation clarification

Some old wooden chess sets had a little "king" symbol on the top of the rooks and knights, so you could identify them throughout the game (assuming you put them on the correct square at the start). But if you look at the scoresheet many years later, KKt-K5 might confuse you if your current set doesn...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Winners and Losers under 'Membership Only'
Replies: 543
Views: 24188

Re: Winners and Losers under 'Membership Only'

The London Civil Service (etc) League was wary of increased costs if membership came in, with something like three times the cost to the league expected. I would guess that at least 75 % of the players in the CS League play only in the CS League, so they are not going to worry about not having an EC...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 18900

Re: Do you believe in God

"While drafting the rules for something, the most contentious issue some of their creators had was whether the rules should say "not less than forty moves" or "not fewer than forty moves". While agreeing with the principle of the rule, we couldn't agree on whether it should be less (the forty moves ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inexpensive Chess Sets
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Inexpensive Chess Sets

I was excited to receive this email. Now, what we need is for someone to fund a "Chess Sets for Schools" initiative. "Dear Sir or Madam: We are professional chess manufacturer from China. Whatever the occasion, whether you're buying for big amount or small, we have it all! Call our office to find ou...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can I 1800 become a GM or is it to late?
Replies: 103
Views: 6653

Re: Can I 1800 become a GM or is it to late?

"Danny Gormally wrote in his recent book - the name of which escapes me for the moment - that he was relatively modestly graded until his late teens. Something like 150 ecf at 15." That's right - I played him in the Alexander Cup (Surrey Team KO) a couple of years after that and noticed he was going...