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by Ian Kingston
Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24458

Re: Resignation Rumours

As it stands at the moment, a congress or league could pull out of game fee and go unrated. Outside of Yorkshire I don't think any have taken that option. The Derby & District League opted out of game fee for one season (2004-05 or thereabouts). If membership is the issue that prompted the current ...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do chess forums 'work?'
Replies: 10
Views: 1127

Re: Do chess forums 'work?'

If ECF officials (whether Board members or not) wish to post personal opinions without the possibility of implying that what they say is official policy, they can include a standard disclaimer in their signature. If they say anything inflammatory, of course, they can still be taken to task, but I wo...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do chess forums 'work?'
Replies: 10
Views: 1127

Re: Do chess forums 'work?'

Forums certainly don't seem to work anything like as well as they should. The Universal Membership Scheme topic ( http://forum.bcfservices.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=247 ) is generating very little interest, yet if this ever becomes a live issue there's going to be a very heated debate in clubs and ...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6889

Re: ELO vs ECF

I fully agree that we should switch to Elo ratings. Apart from bringing England into line with the rest of the world, which would be sensible in principle, there is at least one practical advantage. An increasing number of English players take part in foreign competitions (and vice versa), and it ma...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Membership Scheme
Replies: 26
Views: 4679

Re: Universal Membership Scheme

I have a feeling that, had the ECF (or BCF) always operated a universal membership scheme, the prospect of using any other system would seem quite bizarre. The difficulty is in making the transition from what we have now to that more sensible system. It's not easy to sell the idea, because the prese...
by Ian Kingston
Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Nottingham Congress 2008 - important update
Replies: 0
Views: 909

Nottingham Congress 2008 - important update

The 33rd Nottingham Congress takes place at Nottingham High School on 19–20 April. Full details at: http://www.nottschess.org/2007_08/congress.html 15 April: Entries are now closed - a 40% increase on last year's entry means that the venue is now full. Please don't turn up to enter on the day - yo...
by Ian Kingston
Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Year Old
Replies: 16
Views: 2303

Re: Year Old

I don't think there's anything wrong with the forum as such. It's just... quiet. I'd like to see more integration with the ECF web site, perhaps duplicating front-page stories as posts on the forum and linking to those posts so that people can discuss them easily. That might encourage more people to...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Live Games
Replies: 5
Views: 1977

Nigel

If you're looking for a way to do a live game feed, take a look at Palview/Palive:

http://www.enpassant.dk/chess/palview/index.htm

Never tried it myself, but I have seen sites that use it. There's a demo at the site linked.
by Ian Kingston
Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

Carl Hibbard wrote:This morning I have uploaded a new version of the database which corrects that single rapid tournament fault, you should be able to inform people on your sites
Excellent work - thanks to all concerned.
by Ian Kingston
Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

Carl Hibbard wrote:I fixed it all last night, including changing the font size slightly

All should be ok now
Excellent! Works in Firefox 2, IE 6 and 7, Opera 9 and Safari 3. Thanks very much for your help.
by Ian Kingston
Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:28 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

I replaced the table from the database with the following dummy file: <body style="background-color:transparent"> <table border="1"> <tr> <th>Blah</th><th>Blah</th><th>Blah</th> </tr> <tr> <td>Blur</td><td>Blur</td><td>Blur</td> </tr> </table> and that worked. So if whatever generates the table can ...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

Carl We posted within a minute of each other and I didn't see yours until afterwards. I think my last message suggests a partial answer to point 1. I agree that not many people would want the inactive option. I've found it useful in the last couple of days though. If you are able to implement it, I'...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

Thanks. The reason for the big height value is specific to my Firefox settings, which make the club name - West Nottingham (formerly Stapleford) - occupy two lines instead of one on my system, which in turn makes the table much deeper. And because Firefox picks up the background colour of the page (...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

(Skipping lightly over the obligatory anti-Microsoft rant for yet again breaking something...) Thanks - iframe does work. I did try that on Sunday, but I suspect I also had a bit of the syntax wrong somewhere else, which convinced me it didn't. And IE7 is on my laptop while IE6 is on my desktop mach...
by Ian Kingston
Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: External Site Assistance
Replies: 23
Views: 9321

This is definitely a welcome feature. It's going to save me quite a bit of time in the future, as I won't need to re-do the list of players' grades by hand every time the list changes. I've got it working for West Nottingham Chess Club at http://www.westnottinghamchess.org/04_05.htm using the follow...