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by Nick Grey
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?
Replies: 108
Views: 17902

Re: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?

Benko - average club player plays for a win/initiative with black pieces.
by Nick Grey
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: First Round Pairings
Replies: 10
Views: 2970

Re: First Round Pairings

Re-re-pairings up on 3 South
by Nick Grey
Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL North 2014-15
Replies: 259
Views: 33276

Re: 4NCL North 2014-15

Those of us playing lots of triangles last season were not worried. We'd rather have games than not. If we were national div 3 at 1st w/e we would have avoided it. Unless someone else drops out. Best compromise & trying to keep comparable pairings & strength & keeps that individual match going a lot...
by Nick Grey
Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Objection to Digital clocks
Replies: 57
Views: 8038

Re: Objection to Digital clocks

I like the quietness & being able to see how much time left a lot easier.
by Nick Grey
Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Guernsey Chess Festival
Replies: 16
Views: 3956

Re: Guernsey Chess Festival

He is likely to get 7.
Best wishes for Dan, Ian, Harry, Owen, Colin & yourself (Kevin) in your last matches.
by Nick Grey
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Football
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Chess & Football

I have retired from playing football (I am 52). Gone are the days where I could play 90 minutes of football followed by a County Chess match. Anyway after yesterdays U160 County Game (Sussex v Surrey) @ Horsham, there is the FA CUP match v Kingstonian (a Surrey Club) v Eastbourne (Sussex) this after...
by Nick Grey
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess club folds
Replies: 100
Views: 12422

Re: Chess club folds

Hampton were playing in TV league in 2001/2002 - but nor after that - looking at TVL Secretarial. Though many of them continued with playing bridge - dr R. Harris was also a Kingston member so we as a club were very aware & local teams for their players to join happened. Teams what have withdrawn fr...
by Nick Grey
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM
Replies: 52
Views: 7588

Re: AGM

John - thank you for live coverage - better than minutes.

Gave some of us a chance to play County Chess - a lovely trop to Horsham where there was torrential rain until the train got to Horsham then glorious sunshine!
by Nick Grey
Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12890

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

TV can have 2.5 hour sessions. The lateness of starting, some awful journeys, some where trains & buses not running after matches finish. Surrey too like that. Not sure why juniors ought to be playing that late on a school night. Note sure why ECF want to implement all anyway (& charges look like a ...
by Nick Grey
Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 12890

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

On Stewart's point he has put this one before. In 2006 there were views from Thames Valley to oppose. Not sure why seem to suggest a 2014 rule change (from an inquorate meeting). Thames Valley very few finishes in this way. But mainly because at time control or shortly after - agree a half or resign...
by Nick Grey
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Zero tolerance
Replies: 19
Views: 2167

Re: Zero tolerance

Zero tolerance in local leagues or congresses - travel problems - I think that may put off playing again.

Players stuck in traffic/snow etc.

Derek Coope went to Oban playing somewhere in the East. One of their players from Mull took a week to get home.
by Nick Grey
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess club folds
Replies: 100
Views: 12422

Re: Chess club folds

A few Hampton players came to Kingston, some elsewhere. One teacher at Hampton School. Thames Valley League. Nice pub etc. Nice players. Local too. Clapham Common - or at least some gentlemen playing chess in all weathers were there in late 70s/early 80s. Battersea & Streatham near. Point is getting...
by Nick Grey
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: PokerStars Isle of Man International 4-12 October 2014
Replies: 152
Views: 14603

Re: PokerStars Isle of Man International 4-12 October 2014

Was trying to qualify for this one. On Poker Stars that is.

Anyway that half will give Simon a chance to play a bit more poker.
8)
by Nick Grey
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Novice friendly chess clubs
Replies: 27
Views: 3620

Re: Novice friendly chess clubs

As an ex-Battersea member I can say that Battersea has always been welcome to the novice player. I stumbled on a card in the local library in 1984. There were lots of local libraries in those days. It was a main way of communication for chess clubs & other societies. I got a very warm welcome and ho...
by Nick Grey
Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF to refuse to grade Games?
Replies: 51
Views: 10390

Re: ECF to refuse to grade Games?

I prefer adjournments to quickplay & not adjudication. Though will depend mainly on how bad work or travel has been. The worst adjournment I played on in was when an opponent sealed his move & I then suggested opening the envelope as I expect your move is I resign. It is mate in 3. He insisted on co...