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by Matthew Turner
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Editorial in CHESS Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 2428

Re: Editorial in June 2008 edition of "Chess"

Sean, I do not know what your comments were so I am not directing this posting at you, it is just my general feeling. There are a number of postings on this forum which I feel are inappropriate, they are personal attacks and really don't substantiate any points. Given that this is the ECF site and i...
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 23, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess for Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 2322

Re: Chess for Schools

Until now I have avoided posting any comments on this topic, mainly because I have found some of the comments personal attacks which are offensive, but I feel there is an underlying problem here which runs runs through the whole of British chess. The ECF is an amateur organisation, but professionals...
by Matthew Turner
Thu May 22, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5901

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

Re4 Re6 Ne3(or e7) is checkmate, but not legal
by Matthew Turner
Thu May 22, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

John Philpott raises some interesting point concerned direct membership versus pay per play schemes in relation to the EBU. I hope nobody thinks I believe a membership scheme is a universal panacea (I appreciate this is a tautology before you point it out). However, I do think it is vitally importan...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

In response to Roger De Coverley's comments that there were more bridge clubs in his are than chess clubs and that the EBU had 25,000. This does not necessarily invalidate my assumption that there were more chessplayers than bridge players. For instance over 70,000 players took part in the UK Chess ...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

John, Many thanks for that correction. One can easily see that the EBU raises hugely more than the ECF from members. We could say that the EBU raises 1.5million and the ECF £300,000 so five times as much. There are quite a lot of caveats to add to this, we should probably take out the government gr...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

Ernie, There may be fierce debates, but they are in a different league. I am trying to remember figures and I apologise in adavance if the are wrong, anyone who can validate or correct them would be welcome. I think bridge raises about 1.5 million a year from membership fees, the ECF get about 60,00...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

We all know that most chess players are not very interested in the England Men's Team or who is representing England at the U16 Olympiad, but this is not the point. Most tennis player don't know who the England number two is (there was a nice guy called Tim or Tom or something some time back). Simil...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6859

Re: British Championships

Stewart, Great news that your health has improved - you were certainly looking perky at the 4NCL. I am pleased things are signed up for Torquay, that is pretty local to me so I hope to be there.
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5901

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I think if you refer to my initial comments then you would see that Basman would never be defaulted for playing silly openings since everyone knows he plays whacky stuff then nobody could reasonably take offence that they were being singled out for silliness. Whether 1. a4, 2. Ra3, 3. h4, 4. Rh3 is ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5901

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I hoped it would be clear from what I had said that (unless there is something else going on) that this should not be the case. 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 is a perfectly reasonable opening. 1. f3 e5 2. Kf2 is not. If a game ends in a perpetual after 12 moves then I see no particular problem with this. However,...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6859

Re: British Championships

David, As I mentioned earlier, the visit Liverpool website does promote the EU Chess Championships and the 4Nations Junior Chess(Glorney Cup) along with numerous other events. I find it strange that there is no mention of the British Chess Championships. I have to believe you when you say everything...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5901

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I think this is fairly simple. It is bad is manners (and probably against the rules) to play silly openings in two circumstances 1. When playing the silly opening is designed, or likely, to cause offence to the opponent (this is usually observable by the fact the player playing the silly opening is ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6859

Re: British Championships

I appreciate that often things are written in haste, but it seems to me that there are a number of inconsistencies relating to the British Championships. 1. Professor Robertson says the venue is secure and St. George's Hall is still available. Surely, this is by definition incorrect, because if the ...