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by Ian Kingston
Fri May 30, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What time control(s) does your League use?
Replies: 56
Views: 5028

Re: What time control(s) does your League use?

Notts League: 75/35 +15 to a finish

Derby & District League: 75/30 +15 to a finish

Both are effectively G90, but the latter always feels more comfortable.
by Ian Kingston
Fri May 30, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using ones own clock
Replies: 37
Views: 2903

Re: Using ones own clock

The Nottinghamshire League has exactly the reverse rule: 'Where electronic clocks are proposed for use, either player may provide an analogue clock and insist on its use.' Given the obvious practical advantages of digital clocks, this is a particularly daft rule. Unfortunately, the conservative cont...
by Ian Kingston
Mon May 19, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess for Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 2291

Re: Chess for Schools

An outline has been given in rough to every county in the ECF, that representative has been charged with organising things at that counties level. More will follow, I have an idea how things will work but my bosses have to clear it. Martin Regan once pointed out that I can not presume this project ...
by Ian Kingston
Mon May 19, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess for Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 2291

Re: Chess for Schools

This is in response to Charles Woods' answer to my question in the Resignation Rumours thread (http://forum.bcfservices.org.uk/viewtopic.php?p=2389#p2389): Good question, this is where the project becomes interesting, how do you coach hundreds of schools with a hand full of coaching staff. This will...
by Ian Kingston
Sun May 18, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

I think those of us who already help with junior chess would just like an outline, in general terms, of how the Chess for Schools project is going to work. We know about the sets being produced and distributed. What we don't know is where the finance and the people are going to come from to make goo...
by Ian Kingston
Mon May 12, 2008 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mtel Masters
Replies: 21
Views: 1944

Re: Mtel Masters

It would be interesting to see what kind of rating performance Chuckys on right now! Topalov is doing quite well but unfortunately his met an on fire Ivanchuk. Any rating for a 100% (or 0%) is statistically meaningless, but according to the crosstable at ChessVibes, Ivanchuk's performance comes in ...
by Ian Kingston
Mon May 12, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mtel Masters
Replies: 21
Views: 1944

Re: Mtel Masters

TomChivers wrote:Anyone think Chuky will make 5/5?
No need to speculate - Aronian succumbed today.
by Ian Kingston
Fri May 09, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Marketing : Candidates?
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: Director of Marketing : Candidates?

Being in a provocative mood I would to invite nominations for the post of Director of Marketing and make some radical suggestions.... When blindingly obvious requirements count as radical suggestions, you know something is wrong! You're right - this is the one job, more than any other, that needs a...
by Ian Kingston
Fri May 09, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Simple and not so simple.
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

Re: Simple and not so simple.

Ernie puts his finger on the problem. For as long as the ECF is essentially amateur (in the old, non-pejorative, sense), it will have to rely on volunteers to do the work. But volunteers only have limited time available. If people choose to get involved in local affairs, then they are unlikely to ha...
by Ian Kingston
Fri May 02, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Isle Of Man Congress?
Replies: 19
Views: 4027

Re: Isle Of Man Congress?

by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

In reply to David Fryer and Ian Kingston, I disagree re the potential impact of English successes/role models for juniors. I think you're agreeing with me actually. I was brought into the chess world by Fischer-Spassky, like countless others. Then Karpov came along. As a teenager, I followed him an...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

I think your debate is with your club and its treasurer. If you look into the financial details, you would probably find that your club pays league fees based on how many teams it enters and how many leagues.Certainly that's how the league pays game fee to the ECF. So the more teams, the more fees ...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

It comes back to the point of asking why the current board are anti pay as you play when it was a system that their predecessors introduced back in the 90s and to general acceptance in most of the country. If the current system were truly 'pay as you play' I'd have a lot of sympathy with this viewp...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

Our attempt to set up an MO in Nottinghamshire failed to persuade people that even £10 was acceptable. The 'anti-ECF' brigade dug their heels in firmly and refused to budge. It was all about 'What good will it do me?' rather than 'How can we help to develop chess?'. Very depressing, but I suspect q...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

Andrew listed a number of fundamental problems with the current English chess situation. I would add another major problem - it seems that many of the English chess community, including most seriously some of the current upper echelons of the management, are indifferent to achievement and success o...