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by Jonathan Bryant
Sun May 31, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Manager of Prisons Chess
Replies: 19
Views: 3215

Re: Manager of Prisons Chess

If you email Cyril Johnson at director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk, you should get a pretty quick reply. That's who I emailed. I have an enhanced CRB - albeit a little rusty now - and would be interested in working unpaid but have no time to pursue the matter for the time being. Shame. Maybe if i...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed May 27, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players playing above their sections in congresses
Replies: 36
Views: 3136

Re: Players playing above their sections in congresses

... in strictest terms he shouldve been in the section below. This perhaps is where your error is located. I've always taken the grading limits to refer to a handicap system i.e. "no one above this number may enter". I see no reason to assume that anybody "should" play in any section unless barred ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed May 27, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17415

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Erik Teichman went further. In an early Lloyds Bank Masters he used the Udeman (I think that is its name) Code. Thus 11 referred to a1. 1 e4 is written 25-45. that is useful with telex. So, what was the problem, even if not recognised by the Laws? Well, he translated the numbers to binary. Am I rig...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat May 23, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 16550

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Stewart Reuben wrote:Also people sometimes forget.
Stewart Reuben
Indeed.

Carl Hibbard wrote: The email system at the ECF office has changed over the last few weeks and there have been various issues that may explain it
I sent my email two months ago.
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri May 22, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 16550

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

The other problem has been written about elsewhere on this forum. The difficulty of attracting new, younger people to administrative posts in chess. This may become easier with more people being disemployed because of the recession. Stewart Reuben I contacted the ECF about the Manager of Prisons Ch...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri May 15, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 10386

Re: Incremental Time Controls

... the QPF rules proposed for the MSL are only used if both players agree to them and both participants should therefore be expected to know the extra rules .... In my experience the vast majority of club players (myself included) do not have a full - or even partial in many cases - grasp of the r...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon May 04, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mike Bushell
Replies: 10
Views: 2060

Re: Mike Bushell

The report itself was quite interesting. He began by saying that chess was being revitalised by this link with boxing!! and ended by saying that there were many good boxers who played chess, but now good chess players were training to become boxers. ... and he provided all sorts of evidence to supp...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

I like this idea - grandmaster + celebrity. But it could drive the GMs up the wall! This has in fact already been tried. We had a GM come to our club for a simul who told us the story of his involvement (he was partnered by Craig Charles if I recall correctly) in a filmed tester of such an event. T...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

I think if the podcasts emphasised the league standings then at least people can follow that, bit like world strongest man, hardly anyone who watches tries or knows how to lift the stuff but they like to follow the score of certain teams/players. That is why I suggested it. Ben I'm with Stewart on ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

Jonathan Bryant is correct to say that WE do not need TV as we have the internet. TV is needed to bring into chess people for whom the game is at best peripheral. I completely accept the distinction between 'serious' (for want of a better word) chess players - i.e. us lot - and the casual player. T...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

... I guess its a case of who the programs are being made for and why are they being made. Exactly - hence the prospects for any chess programme that might currently be made are not good for us as serious players. I'm sure the old Master Game's are still watchable - I just don't think we're likely ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A horrible way to get relegated
Replies: 6
Views: 1331

Re: A horrible way to get relegated

... the league have taken the 2 none finished games as draws and the finished games will stand so we lost 3 2 to rub salt into the wounds we won our final game tonight.I think last weeks game should be replayed .... I don't see why your team should have to travel twice (unless you want to for some ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

Stewart Reuben wrote:Has anybody else watched the Bridge programme?
It was awful and I am not certain that it helped the cause of Bridge at all.
I didn't watch the programme so make no judgement about it but it's exactly this kind of reaction that I would expect should a chess programme ever make it to TV these days.
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

Fair enough.

This whole argument presupposes that chess on TV would be a 'good thing'. I'm actually far from convinced it would be (in reality - assuming it ever happened at all - as opposed to what we might hope we would get)
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 5044

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

But shouldn't the "loads of tv channels" argument work the other way, if anything?? Well this is a failure to understand that more options (channels in this case) does not necessarily mean more choice. As a by-the-by the difference between more 'nominal' choice and more 'real' choice is (on the who...