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by Paul Buswell
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?
Replies: 24
Views: 3084

Re: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?

I was taught by a friend of similar age at his home when I was maybe 9 or 10 (though it might have been later); no books or anything. Then attended a chess club at grammar school (early 1960s).

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric E Croker
Replies: 5
Views: 1825

Re: Eric E Croker

Very sorry to hear that: a gentleman, and someone blessed with pragmatic common sense.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Isles
Replies: 11
Views: 2437

Re: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Is

Back in 1977/78 an oil industry magazine sponsored a tournament for employees in that industry, organised by the BCF. Various regional qualifying events were held and finalists emerged of all standards - 200-ish at the top to ignorant of en passant at the bottom. There was a Shetland area qualifier ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board minutes
Replies: 253
Views: 31745

Re: Board minutes

... I don't know what is happening there. But hearing there's arguments, instead of people helping him, I'm not surprised. People have tried to help him, but Phil Ehr doesn't want help and refuses such offers. For example, months ago John Philpott offered to do the minutes. John didn't want to do t...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309523

Re: Media comments on chess

I see a player with a FIDE rating of 1660 is elevated to GM status.....

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest- ... g-cannabis

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by Paul Buswell
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 95454

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

It seems to be a "decision" or "recommendation" of the CAA, who seem to be taking the view that "no penalty" isn't a "lesser penalty". I would have thought the ECF AGM in October an opportunity to challenge this, if it hasn't already been reversed by player boycotts. I understand that the same prin...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 95454

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

Programme for British Chess Championships now available. It includes the following: "Mobile phones – Competitors and spectators should avoid bringing phones to the venue. Players will be immediately defaulted if their mobile phone, or other electronic device, makes any sound in the playing area. Sp...
by Paul Buswell
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911
Replies: 10
Views: 3261

Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

The only reference I can find in the 1911 Minutes of the Hastings Club (28 April 1911) describes it as the 'biennial tour', to be organised by Mr Chandler, five matches in France/Switzerland, duration a fortnight, estimated cost £15 or £16, and Chandler was authorised to advertise in BCM for players...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911
Replies: 10
Views: 3261

Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

I'll try to check the Club's Minute Books in the next few days and see what's recorded.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sun May 11, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vaping
Replies: 31
Views: 3744

Vaping

Has any Club or competition made a decision about the use of electronic cigarettes, either at the board or elsewhere in the playing room?

Thanks

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Company Secretary?
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Company Secretary?

There doesn't seem to be a board better suited for this... I would be interested in hearing from any qualified person able to provide high level (not day to day) Company Secretary services to Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club Ltd, a registered charity. This is a form of insurance against a day when ...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014
Replies: 267
Views: 15310

Re: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014

I suggest some selling points for adult members would also help. Correct me if I am wrong, but I know of no concise literature - fliers, leaflets - that sets out what the ECF actually does and why it is worthy of support. I expect to see a modest reduction in chess activity within our club (Hasting...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014
Replies: 267
Views: 15310

Re: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014

Changing tack, at the Council Meeting Nigel Short pointed out that in France and Germany they have (iirc) 70,000+ members of their national chess federations. The question is how, as a first step, do we raise our membership from 10,000 to 20,000. This is particularly difficult as this is more than ...
by Paul Buswell
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309523

Re: Media comments on chess

Daily Telegraph earlier this week

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... hools.html

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by Paul Buswell
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mastermind Good Friday
Replies: 21
Views: 2561

Mastermind Good Friday

Apologies if I've missed this already being announced. BBC2 Good Friday 8:00 pm Episode 30 Mastermind, 2013/2014 Episode 30 of 31 Duration: 29 minutes Five contenders compete for the last place in the grand final as John Humphrys hosts the sixth semi-final. Subjects are Bobby Fischer, the life and t...