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by Eric Gardiner
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Doncaster 4NCL congress April 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Doncaster 4NCL congress April 2018

As Carl has kindly created this section, I shall use it :) I've received three emails recently drawing my attention to this congress in a fortnight's time although I have already entered. Having played at the venue before, I can state that it is easily accessible to drivers, being very close to the ...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 2151

Re: Yorkshire grading system

Carl, thank you for offering to create a section. Andrew, the phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind :wink: I'd certainly post more often on this forum if there was a specific Yorkshire section. Is there somewhere else that is more appropriate to discuss Yorkshire chess matters,...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 2151

Re: Yorkshire grading system

We seem to have somehow lost the domain registration for Yorkshire chess, so.... Yes, I'd noticed that. If the change is permanent, I wonder if it would be too much too ask for a Yorkshire section on this forum to discuss Yorkshire League matches etc. ? Steve Mann has a website which he updates reg...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grades are out!
Replies: 12
Views: 2343

Re: New Grades are out!

When looking up the top over-50s for all nations, I noticed that Ian Nepomniachtchi (I've copied and pasted that from the list rather than test my memory!) is at the top. I know he's been around for a while but I didn't think he was quite that old ... Has his birth year been recorded incorrectly? Th...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lightning Chess
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Lightning Chess

The Hull and District Chess Association has a Team Lightning event (10 seconds per move) every summer. Unfortunately I couldn't find a working link to a report. It's good fun but another potential problem is that long games can mess up the playing schedule. If I recall correctly, the local rule is t...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 6564

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

E Michael White wrote:It probably helps James and saves time all round to post Qs and As on here.
Yes that was my main incentive for posting (plus also to show that Roger's questions were of interest to occasional forum posters as well as frequent forum posters).
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 6564

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

JamesGallagher wrote:As stated hierarchy is same as London classic:

FIDE quickplay
ECF quickplay (converted)
FIDE standard
ECF standard (converted)

Jim
In that case, why does the page for the Event Details say "180 and below" for the Major rather than for example "FIDE rated 2050 and below" ?
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 6564

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

It's a rational question. I don't have a FIDE rapidplay rating. My standard FIDE is 1954, standard ECF 176 and rapid ECF 183. Would anyone with that rating or a similar pattern be eligible to play in the under 180 section? I'd guess from the wording on the website that ECF rapidplay grades have the...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Live Games Transmission - Why Bother?
Replies: 27
Views: 4432

Re: Live Games Transmission - Why Bother?

I've watched it on occasions. Thank you for providing the service Mike. (I haven't thanked anyone for it previously by email firstly because I didn't know who to email and secondly because even if I did I wouldn't want to clog up their inbox in case they are receiving dozens of other similar emails ...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2nd 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress
Replies: 20
Views: 3781

Re: 2nd 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

Sorry to sound pessimistic - this is definitely a fine exercise in principle - but I would be a little wary of trying to hold an event in October in Yorkshire. Very busy month chesswise. Last season the four weekends went 4NCL rapidplay, Yorkshire league, Yorkshire league, Scarborough. <clears thro...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A team winning two matches on the same night
Replies: 17
Views: 2511

Re: A team winning two matches on the same night

I'd assumed that the second match had started late, say 11pm, as soon as the first had finished with the same players! After reading the report it does seem that you at least had plenty of time to start a second game Andy :wink: ?
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL North 2014-15
Replies: 259
Views: 33289

Re: 4NCL North 2014-15

Anyway this was much the most amusing game I've seen in a long time. Armstrong - Newton from day 1. The position after black's 48th move rather deserves a diagram..... Goodness knows how you'd go about even trying to annotate it. Using a computer would rather miss the point :) It would be interesti...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Cinderella man of chess
Replies: 19
Views: 4032

Re: The Cinderalla man of chess

Congratulations Keith - hope you have many more achievements in the 'senior' half of your career! I've played you once back in 2001 and I recall how you kindly went through the game with me afterwards without talking down to me. Little things like that can make a difference to amateur players and if...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 10
Views: 1517

Re: Membership Renewal

Same problem here. My membership expires today but when logging into PaySubsOnline I'm told I have nothing to pay and have been told that for the last few days. I didn't receive any email reminder from the ECF either. I'll use the 20th century method of filling in the form with a pen and sending a c...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The British itself!
Replies: 704
Views: 37714

Re: The British itself!

Certainly I'd assume that a 215 grade player regardless of age wouldn't have any problems winning with R+ a+ e pawn vs R. How about grandmasters (former world chess championship challengers, no less) with R + e + g vs R? http://chess-db.com/public/game.jsp?id=400025.5005370.9575424.28277 Hmm ... in...