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by Laurie Roberts
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Have invoices been issued?
Replies: 3
Views: 1948

Re: Have invoices been issued?

Croydon & District League were invoiced
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Diagrams within text?
Replies: 7
Views: 1348

Re: Diagrams within text?

Do you have chessbase? If so, you can create a position on the Board and in one of the menus there is a copy diagram button (varies depending on version) and you can paste it into your word doc or email
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Match abandoned
Replies: 26
Views: 3004

Re: Match abandoned

Happened once in the Croydon & District League. Players acted in the spirit of good sportsmanship and it was resolved with no rancour In 3 of the matches, the players went home and looked at the position. They then agreed draws, or wins, losses accordingly. No contentions. (Essentially the games wer...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Andrew Paulson -- Candidacy for ECF President
Replies: 213
Views: 26627

Re: Andrew Paulson -- Candidacy for ECF President

Thanks Roger.

The 2012 data distorts the picture as you say. I've tried to attach a chart. Wonder if anything else happened in 2012 other than the extra month?

If you ignore 2012, it seems the number of players in 2013 is about what you'd expect
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Andrew Paulson -- Candidacy for ECF President
Replies: 213
Views: 26627

Re: Andrew Paulson -- Candidacy for ECF President

Haven't the ECF's objectives have always said this? I don't understand how those objectives are compatible with preventing players taking part unless they are ECF members. Putting aside for one second whether game fee is or is not a better model than membership; Roger's arguments (if I have underst...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Minimum requirements to get a game graded
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Minimum requirements to get a game graded

I was wondering what the minimum requirements are to get a game graded. For example, if myself and a friend (who are in different chess clubs but are both ECF Members) fancy playing regular games against one another at our houses once a week; can we simply submit these to the ECF to be graded? If no...
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership renewals
Replies: 44
Views: 6803

Re: Membership renewals

Sean If you are collecting bugs I have another (rather minor) one. - Last year I started off as a bronze member; paid online and set up an auto renew. All fine - I then decided to change my membership to gold midway through the year so I cancelled the auto-renew in paypal (fine) and upgraded from br...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best App for Android
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

Re: Best App for Android

Chess.com very good app too
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CORRESPONDENCE CHESS
Replies: 10
Views: 1981

Re: CORRESPONDENCE CHESS

I should have said, I think postal chess is dying if not dead already. There probably is still a hard core of players who play that way. But the ease of on-line chess has overtaken it

I also recommend you download some software like: http://www.playwitharena.com/ to help analyse your games
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CORRESPONDENCE CHESS
Replies: 10
Views: 1981

Re: CORRESPONDENCE CHESS

If you want to learn to play there are as many ways to learn as there are chess players I suspect: I recommend this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0716021994/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9551160669&ref=asc_df_0716021994 and then get yourself to a club. If you want to play correspondence chess (or blitz ...
by Laurie Roberts
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which chess software?
Replies: 34
Views: 6970

Re: Which chess software?

Chessbase 12 has just been released. It has lots of great functionality in it; particulalry like the deep position analysis and the let's check functionality. 99 euros for the download version

http://www.chessbase-shop.com/en/categories/40
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which chess software?
Replies: 34
Views: 6970

Re: Which chess software?

Various options Commercial: Chessbase (http://www.chessbase-shop.com/en/products/chessbase11_download) is the standard for storing games and you can run analysis on positions (a new version due out sometime so I'd wait). You can't do an automatic full analysis of your games with that (i.e. you can't...
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: OMOV or an elected Council?
Replies: 78
Views: 6922

Re: OMOV or an elected Council?

Sean I'm not sure you can automatically draw the conclusion that if leagues operate a "one club, one vote" system that means that arguments for OMOV at ECF are inconsistent. Local leagues don't usually have email addresses or contact details of every player in the league (and it's not that reasonabl...
by Laurie Roberts
Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: chess software for children
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: chess software for children

Thanks for advice everyone And Richard, I agree with most of what you say. She isn't learning how to play the entire game; just move a few pieces so she can 'copy dad' when we are sitting at the table together. Her school chess club starts at age 6-7 (run by a GM I think) and - if she is interested ...
by Laurie Roberts
Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: chess software for children
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

chess software for children

I have a 4 year old daughter and have been teaching her the basics of how to move rooks, bishops and pawns. I have got the chess in schools literature etc and that's great. I was wondering if there are any ipad apps that I could get for teaching chess. Have had a look in app store but wondering if a...