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by David Pardoe
Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: The Frodsham Congress - Feb 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 1135

The Frodsham Congress - Feb 2009

The Congress took place at Frodsham Community Centre 13-15th February, The three sections were again expertly controlled by Roger Edwards, Robert Milner and Jim McPhillips. I`d just say that....as well as some good competitive chess, its a friendly, popular event attracting players from across the c...
by David Pardoe
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: How can the ECF help congresses thrive?
Replies: 12
Views: 3334

Re: How can the ECF help congresses thrive?

See the latest report from Mick Norris on the Manchester Rapidplay...they actually had so many entries, they closed one section...(The Minor..)!!! Rapidplays are quite popular.... Yes, good sponsors and good venue counts a lot.....and a team of organisors who can run the event....controllers/arbitor...
by David Pardoe
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????
Replies: 89
Views: 10036

Re: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????

Thanks for that Carl.... when you say session timeout after 1 hour, does that mean that, i you browse a thread for say 30 mins, then spend 31 mins typing in a responce...the system would timeout the session...~? :? I`ve actually tried this twice, and failed both times........ I dont think I spent an...
by David Pardoe
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????
Replies: 89
Views: 10036

Re: What did Martin Regan Do?????????????

Sorry to say it...but this doesnt work... I`ve logged in..typed a message..pressed the `submit` tab, and been returned with a message asking me to log on again.....by which time the orgiginal message has gone.... Not very good... I should say that I first tried to `reply` to a message (having not lo...
by David Pardoe
Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF web site of the year
Replies: 26
Views: 3318

Re: ECF web site of the year + Manchester Chess notes/reminder!!

Regarding this website....I`d like to see the `Icon` link to this site restored on the ECF Official website....for some reason it was removed.... I think it might help with the `hits`, and generate yet more useful `hot air`... I think a `follow-up committee` might be useful, that could actually moni...
by David Pardoe
Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Rapidplay Sunday 1st March 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 458

Manchester Rapidplay Sunday 1st March 2009

Excellent event and venue at City of Manchester Stadium...A new Open section added.....good prizes (includingb junior & grading)....caters for players of all standards from beginner to expert...and a feast of great chess.... See - http://www.manchesterchessfederation.co.uk/index.html for details and...
by David Pardoe
Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Manchester Chess
Replies: 0
Views: 931

Manchester Chess

Alan Smith recently submitted a good piece on Manchester chess, based on his researches as MCF Historian/Archivist.... see - http://www.manchesterchessfederation.co.uk/8.html Comments/contributions/opinions, or other observations welcome... Talking of Manchester Chess..its the Manchester Rapidplay n...
by David Pardoe
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4287

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

I meant just 2004 to be both the British and Commonwealth Championship, using an event 100 years old that was already arranged. A title British and Commonwealth normally makes no sense. The former is subsumed within the latter. I suppose some might see it as odd that people wanted a British Champio...
by David Pardoe
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4287

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Yes, I agree that a British & Commonwealth event could be attractive...one issue might be that you`d probably need to be more flexible with the venues, to give Commonwealth players a fair crack of the whip. However, to exclude the Indians just because some want an english player to win, looks typica...
by David Pardoe
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4287

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Roger, Thanks for your analysis... As usual, there are many reasons that can explain the numbers...or lack of them. Always an organisors headache trying to avoid clashes with significant competing events. I was surprised this year when looking at the prelims to our MCCU planning for the counties qua...
by David Pardoe
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4287

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Yes, I agree that chess rules need a make over....and a pity that more of our top guns don`t participate in the British. The rules I`d like to see moderated are The move recording rule.....no penalty to apply unless opponent suspects foul play...when he/she should be able to approach the controller....
by David Pardoe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British come 4th in Olympics
Replies: 0
Views: 539

British come 4th in Olympics

What a good result that was. Just shows what the Brits can do when they pull together as a unit on the world stage. Coming in close behind the giant nations of China, USA, and Russia certainly gives us something to cheer about, and food for thought in other spheres perhaps. I see they are muting the...
by David Pardoe
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Congress - is there going to be one?
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Manchester Congress - is there going to be one?

Just as a follow-up.....the congress went pretty well this year, in spite of some `inevitable` clashes with other events. The 20% rise in entry levels was very pleasing, for which many thanks/appreciation must go to supporters and organisors. Harry Lamb and his team have been running this event now ...
by David Pardoe
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changes to schedule for national stage of counties champions
Replies: 5
Views: 1509

Re: Changes to schedule for national stage of counties champions

I like the idea of advancing the dates for the Qualifying competitions and the Finals. Personally, I`d like to see the qualifier events start in last week of September.....maybe finish first/second week of March. In theory, it might then be possible to schedule the final stages for mid April, May an...
by David Pardoe
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club chess.....the new season....publicity...membership..
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Hope your AGM went well Kevin... I`d just add that `books` can also be very helpful for training...as can a club library...sometimes players have books they have finished with, which they would be willing to give to such a club library. Many interesting hours can be spent in light research...and jus...