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by Chris Goodall
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13834

Re: The Death of League Chess?

The state of the game is extremely serious. Evening league chess, and the clubs supporting it, will wither and die out completely over the next decade or so in certain parts of the country. I predict the NE will be the first to collapse, closely followed by Merseyside, Cheshire & North Wales, and L...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13834

Re: The Death of League Chess?

Matters are rather better where I currently play at Chester. Are you just bashing the North East to make your own club look good? To be fair there are some extremely capable and enthusiastic organisers in the North but they seem to devote their energies to congress and 4NCL organisation. Last year ...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13834

Re: The Death of League Chess?

I predict the NE will be the first to collapse. I don't know who you are, but shut your face! The Northumbria League is in excellent health, and we think we've hit upon best practice by effectively channeling our youth program through a single club (Forest Hall) rather than spreading it all over th...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12688

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

I have great respect for Mike Gunn but on this issue I take the contrary position. ADJUDICATION IS AN OUTDATED EXAMPLE OF NONSENSE AND DESERVES TO BE SENT TO ROOM 101. I think you and Mike may be at cross purposes. You seem to be implying that congresses ought to be able to vote on the adjudication...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council - Controversial Issues
Replies: 67
Views: 11372

Re: ECF Council - Controversial Issues

So a softer motion "The ECF recommends the abolition of adjudications" might acquire general support. Absolutely. It's unfortunate that the ideal middle way "The ECF will not grade games in which a result is reached by adjudication" is open to abuse by players who would send bad positions for adjud...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council - Controversial Issues
Replies: 67
Views: 11372

Re: ECF Council - Controversial Issues

Let's explore the issue assuming Alex has no motivation. The Grading rules currently state that the FIDE Laws of chess are used. The FIDE laws allow some variation and it is thought that all the other points you outline can be accommodated within those laws (with a bit of care in constructing the t...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council - Controversial Issues
Replies: 67
Views: 11372

Re: ECF Council - Controversial Issues

Adjudications: they're neither allowed nor banned by the FIDE Laws. Let's assume Alex H is motivated by a desire to eliminate local variations to the Laws, as he claims in his proposal, rather than by a personal disdain for anything other than QPF/Fischer. Why is he not also proposing that games sco...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 54973

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Can I ask what, in your opinion, makes you more of a grass-roots player than myself? I don't use words like piffwibble. So last night at the chess club I invented a mechanism for determining the views of some ordinary members on whether the ECF president should carry on. (I went up and asked them.)...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 54973

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Again, all you say is good as your opinion, just don't claim it as a general feeling without any other evidence than your personal opinion. This. It's difficult to paint a boardroom coup as a peasant's revolt, when the peasants keep insisting that they don't care either way and are mostly just sick...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 54973

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

If it is parochial to care more about the grass roots than the elite, then I thank you for your kind words. AP has been in the job three months, and from the sounds of the draft minutes has been opposed by the establishment at every turn. No, he hasn't written us any blank cheques yet, but he has ac...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 54973

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Would you rather not know about the true nature of Andrew Paulson's relationship with Kirsan? Would you rather not know how this American interloper who, up until a couple of years ago, had no prior interest in or connection with chess in England, is using the ECF as a vehicle for his own (and inde...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 f3!
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 f3!

Rowson mentions it in Understanding the Grünfeld. 7.e3 and then Black plays ...e5 anyway. 8.exd4 Nxd4 9.Bg5 Bxc5!? I won't give away his subsequent comments. He mentions Lechtynsky as a source.
by Chris Goodall
Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership
Replies: 240
Views: 16479

Re: ECF Membership

What are the ECF's priorities: Increase membership? Increase the number of active players, however we define activity? Increase the number of games played? Increase revenue? Improve popular opinion of the ECF? Sean talks about the experience of MO's, but the more I hear of his own experiences in Lei...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 30937

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Don't listen to any idle sniping Will. The English love to predict failure and call it realism.

Good luck with your club championship game against Cap'n John :-)
by Chris Goodall
Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Local modifications to FIDE rules
Replies: 47
Views: 5382

Re: Local modifications to FIDE rules

As I think you know the obligation is contained in rules 6.7c, 6.12d where the words shall be penalised according to Article 13.4 are used. It depends whether you interpret the words "shall be punished in accordance with 13.4" to mean that the arbiter shall apply the entirety of Article 13.4 to the...