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by Andy McCulloch
Wed May 25, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Chess Championships 2011
Replies: 577
Views: 53429

Re: British Chess Championships 2011

Mr Burke, in various other threads you have taken part in, you have ably demonstrated that it is a case of Burke by name and 'berk' by nature. I am a Scot who has, over several years, enjoyed watching the progress of many other Scots in the various events at the British Championships by virtue of th...
by Andy McCulloch
Sat May 14, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: European Woman Chess Championship Tbilisi 6-19 May
Replies: 60
Views: 14155

Re: European Woman Chess Championship Tbilisi 6-19 May

The Chess Scotland noticeboard has a section called 'The Arbiters Jotter'.

The last post to it was on Wed Oct 21, 2009. :o :o
by Andy McCulloch
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changing chess completely
Replies: 2
Views: 710

Changing chess completely

How much notice have National chess bodies had of these proposals from the ECU, President Mr. Danailov?

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7109

If there has been notice, how come the first news of these moves come via Chessbase?
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Chess Federation investigates cheating players
Replies: 339
Views: 36791

Re: French Chess Federation investigates cheating players

GM Feller is taking part in the EU championships. For a man who must be under intense scrutiny, his performance so far is excellent. (+5 =2 -0)
by Andy McCulloch
Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:18 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Base Numbers
Replies: 15
Views: 1440

Re: Base Numbers

Again I am trying to remember something I was taught at school some 40-50 years ago. As I recall there were problems with 'short measures' at markets in the early Middle Ages, so draconian punishments, such as the chopping off of a hand if found guilty, were introduced!!!! To ensure that they did no...
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Base Numbers
Replies: 15
Views: 1440

Re: Base Numbers

Again I seem to remember that base 60 came from the Babylonians, look how many factors it has. A pupil stumped me years ago by asking why we had 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute, and I had no idea. A little research then revealed that the name came from the Latin when the Romans, who...
by Andy McCulloch
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Base Numbers
Replies: 15
Views: 1440

Re: Base Numbers

Many years ago, when programming in machine code, it was useful to know how to use base 4, base 8 and base 16, the grandly named hexadeximal, was all but essential.
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Capelle La Grande International Open 26th Feb - 5th March
Replies: 69
Views: 9188

Re: Capelle La Grande International Open 26th Feb - 5th Marc

A different Scot, Alan Tate, appears to have obtained an IM norm with 6/9 and a performance of 2451. I am not sure about this, he faced 4 GMs, 2 IMs and 3 rather lower ranked opponents.
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:51 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 6 February 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1584

Re: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 6 March 2011

This report seens a little prescient.
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Greatest act of giant-killing in chess
Replies: 45
Views: 5565

Re: Greatest act of giant-killing in chess

I started playing chess to combat the boredom when I took my son to weekend tournaments. He is a much better player than I am, so my greatest act of giant killing was when I beat him. Definitely great fun.
by Andy McCulloch
Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 1688

Re: Happy Christmas

Scrooged!
by Andy McCulloch
Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 30847

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

Well let's look at Russia. World Youth 110 entrants. European Youth 51 entrants. So Russia, population about 141 million, sent a total of 165 youngsters to compete in 2 events. England, population about 50 million, sent a total of 17 youngsters to compete in 2 events. Scotland, population about 5 mi...
by Andy McCulloch
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 300
Views: 23649

Re: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad

And the lassies to, of course.
by Andy McCulloch
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on BBC World Service
Replies: 97
Views: 7861

Re: Chess on BBC World Service

Having listened to the programme, at no time did Nenner claim to be any sort of champion. He did claim to play tournaments to finance his medical studies, which he completed in 1983 or 1984. He then gave up chess, he also left Holland. Not that surprising that he does not appear on grading lists fro...
by Andy McCulloch
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on the BBC today
Replies: 14
Views: 1813

Re: Chess on the BBC today

So much for the notoriety of England's second GM. He retired in the 80's didn't he?