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by Reg Clucas
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: European Individual Seniors (50+) Championship
Replies: 307
Views: 16706

Re: European Individual Seniors (50+) Championship

Keith Arkell wrote: This is the first year they have made it over 50s and the longer I leave it the worse my chances will become.
I can understand the urgency. That young whippersnapper called Short will be eligible in the not too distant future!
by Reg Clucas
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2014
Replies: 45
Views: 6808

Re: Gibraltar 2014

John Moore wrote:I am enjoying the live games although I would rather not have to endure the tweets on the right hand side of the page - particularly those posted by a chap called Brian!
Me too. I have taken to resizing the window so the irritating Twitter feed doesn't appear.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shrinking club chess and mergers
Replies: 66
Views: 7139

Re: Shrinking club chess and mergers

There used to be a Crewe League. Now there isn't even a Crewe chess club.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shrinking club chess and mergers
Replies: 66
Views: 7139

Re: Shrinking club chess and mergers

I think the main explanation is internet chess. Not just internet chess, but internet everything. There are too many other distractions for youngsters these days. My son is a decent player, but I can't persuade him to come to our local chess club. It isn't just chess that suffers from this problem....
by Reg Clucas
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 65
Views: 7205

Re: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election

Jonathan Rogers wrote:And what, for that matter, is going on in the head of someone who voted "none of the above", given that "someone else" is on the above list?!
"None of the above" could mean "nobody" - which is different from "someone else".

And by the way, it wasn't me!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 40 point rule
Replies: 23
Views: 6850

40 point rule

In the explanation of grading calculations, the ECF grading help page states "There is a proviso that if your opponent's grade differs from yours by more than 40 points it is assumed to be exactly 40 above (or below) yours. This applies whatever the result. " It is the final sentence in italics that...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess 2
Replies: 15
Views: 2322

Re: Chess 2

John Foley wrote: Would the midline invasion enrich chess or would we lose too much?
Chess doesn't need enriching!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal means in relation to quickplay finishes
Replies: 22
Views: 3252

Re: Normal means in relation to quickplay finishes

Stewart Reuben wrote:
The 'or' is clearly correct. Sean's rook's pawn plus bishop of the wrong colour exemplifies this.
I think Sean's example is meant to show that the 'or' is not correct.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caption time
Replies: 15
Views: 1940

Re: Caption time

Reminds me of the famous pigeon chess quotation.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caption time
Replies: 15
Views: 1940

Re: Caption time

One of the contenders in the ongoing Pollykovsky tournament.
by Reg Clucas
Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stopping Cheating
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Stopping Cheating

Too late, the software is already out there, and has no further use for the people who wrote it....the machines will take over the world!!! Unless we can figure out a way to send a 'Terminator' back in time......
by Reg Clucas
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3507
Views: 384486

Re: Media comments on chess

From the Summer 2013 edition of 'The Fellrunner' magazine, in an article about mountain navigation - To me, the art of navigation is a real skill and makes my visits to the hills, whether racing or otherwise, much more interesting.......I like to think about it as running chess, perfect for the thin...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What can the ECF do to help Juniors keep on playing chess
Replies: 62
Views: 4832

Re: What can the ECF do to help Juniors keep on playing ch

Many youngsters at 3Cs have still to reach competition level, yet they turn up week-in and week-out (56 last week) to just enjoy learning the game as well as having a good social occasion - and I can only point to the record of the club over the past years for people to make up their own mind if th...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Energy drinks during a game
Replies: 19
Views: 2865

Re: Energy drinks during a game

Reg for example seems to get more benefit physically out of energy drinks than mental, though this is curious since he also swears by caffeine I didn't say that! I don't use energy drinks at all, despite the fact that I take part in some fairly strenuous sports. There's no substitute for eating pro...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Energy drinks during a game
Replies: 19
Views: 2865

Re: Energy drinks during a game

For evening games, I find an afternoon nap is quite useful.

Other than that, the old favourite caffeine is probably best. Energy drinks are more suited to physical rather than mental effort.