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by Laurie Roberts
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online Cheats
Replies: 30
Views: 4849

Re: Online Cheats

Andrew

No, I have never used an engine in correspondence chess. Have you?
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online Cheats
Replies: 30
Views: 4849

Re: Online Cheats

Exactly: polls are not statistically significant if they are from a small sample.

And the question has to be; "Do you use engines in tournaments/on servers that prohibit their use"

People are allowed to use engines on FICGS too for example
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??
Replies: 118
Views: 8989

Re: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??

It really irks me that as an ECF member I have no individual say in these elections which are decided, instead, by block votes of clubs/leagues. Why on earth can't the candidates put out manifestos and allow people to vote. That way there'd be more applicants for posts. At present, there's no point ...
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online Cheats
Replies: 30
Views: 4849

Re: Online Cheats

I am a club level player and at my rating level I suspect very few people I play against cheat as, if they did, they'd be rated much much higher
by Laurie Roberts
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online Cheats
Replies: 30
Views: 4849

Re: Online Cheats

I'd be interested to know where IM Martin gets his 99% figure from? There are sites like redhotpawn.com which forbid the use of engines and the community self polices. Sure, some people probably abuse this but where on earth IM Martin gets his 99% figure from I don't know. How does he know it's not ...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Online Chess Club
Topic: ChessCube.com
Replies: 28
Views: 14599

Re: ChessCube.com

One thing I will praise is ChessCubeCinema - first rate (I could only get it to work with internet explorer. It didn't like firefox on my PC)
by Laurie Roberts
Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Online Chess Club
Topic: ChessCube.com
Replies: 28
Views: 14599

Re: ChessCube.com

Chesscube is very nicely done and whoever built it has done a fine job but servers need critical mass to be attractive. I'm not sure what Chesscube offers that FICS or ICC don't? i.e. I'm not sure why ECF needs its own chess server? Unless you're thinking that a major software suppplier might start...
by Laurie Roberts
Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Online Chess Club
Topic: New online Chess Club
Replies: 34
Views: 29652

Re: New online Chess Club

ICC is obviously losing a lot of trade to PlayChess, which is a much better site all round. The ICC interface is ugly,cheap and outdated and the amount of abuse which is tolerated and obvious cheating makes it unattractive to play there. The rating system is also ludicrous, as it is on PlayChess. R...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Online Chess Club
Topic: ChessCube.com
Replies: 28
Views: 14599

Re: ChessCube.com

Chesscube is very nicely done and whoever built it has done a fine job but servers need critical mass to be attractive. I'm not sure what Chesscube offers that FICS or ICC don't? i.e. I'm not sure why ECF needs its own chess server? Unless you're thinking that a major software suppplier might start ...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF IT wish list : Internet deliverables?
Replies: 27
Views: 3200

Re: ECF IT wish list : Internet deliverables?

As outlined in my earlier thread: http://forum.bcfservices.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=296 I'd quite like it if we could require (or at least strongly encourage) all chess players who want their games to be graded to supply an e-mail address or postal address so chess news updates can reach the enti...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun May 11, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Board
Replies: 6
Views: 1526

Re: New ECF Board

Where you have 2 sides with entrenched views you usually end in deadlock or war. War is costly; and often there are no clear winners at the end; only a lot of bloodshed. Peversely, most people have the same high level objectives (e.g. a well structured, well run chess scene that flourishes at junior...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat May 10, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Re: Some myths exploded ...

For OMOV democracy to flourish you need an active and informed electorate. This (more or less) works at the level of national politics because of the discussion/coverage of the issues that takes place in he media. Where this type of discussion is limited then the election is decided not on issues b...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat May 10, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Re: Some myths exploded ...

Myth 1: "The ECF is responsible for the decline of English Chess" Myth 3: "OMOV will energise the membership of the ECF" The real change you would get with a OMOV elected board is that there would be an (almost) completely different set of elected directors. On the whole they would be people who ar...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat May 10, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Potential solution to grading vs membership issue
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Potential solution to grading vs membership issue

Hi I have read much of what has been written previously but as there's so much I apologise if I am suggesting something that has already been suggested. I play around 10-12 games a season. Some at my club play around 8 games, others play up to 30 games. I am guessing that 70% of members of my club d...