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by John Saunders
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4453

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

You can certainly be a member of two national federations at the same time but only one of them will be your official federation for FIDE rating purposes. I'm thinking in terms of a player's primary affiliation. In your case, ENG, in mine, WLS. I guess you may also be affiliated to the Spanish feder...
by John Saunders
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4453

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

Eligibility did use to be three years' residence and it was still the case up to and including last year. By googling "british championship resident" from the search facility of the ECF website I found both the 2007 and 2008 regulations and the rule has changed from three to one year's residence. Wh...
by John Saunders
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4453

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

One pillar of the chess community sent me an email yesterday entitled "looks like Croatia v Germany for the title", referring to the successes of Bogdan Lalic and Dietmar Kolbus in the seventh round of the current championship. Neither he nor I has any darkly racist sentiments in the matter (certain...
by John Saunders
Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 12742

Re: Editorial in June 2008 edition of "Chess"

Looks like buying the magazine is the only option in finding out what is about ... Buying the magazine is a challenge for me unless I travel to a congress/London to find a copy. Oh, you poor, poor thing... but I have some good news - both mags are available to buy online. If you want to read what B...
by John Saunders
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Editorial in CHESS Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 2651

Re: Editorial in June 2008 edition of "Chess"

There will be a response from the ECF in next month's Chess. I think I will leave things at that so as promote sales of Chess Magazine. The second sentence is ungrammatical. Are the words "not to" missing? I do hope the CEO of ECF is not saying that he is trying to promote sales of Chess Magazine.....
by John Saunders
Fri May 23, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

To change completely the structure of an event which is highly successful, seems to me rather odd. Do you really think another system could attract more than 1000 entrants? Perhaps it is highly successful but It still seems reasonable to ask questions and investigate whether a better system might b...
by John Saunders
Thu May 22, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

Kevin - send me that game you had against Golombek and I will feature it in BCM* I am grateful for the helpful comments in response to my questions about London's absence from the list of congress venues, particularly those from Stewart and Neil who have been Championship congress directors. I have ...
by John Saunders
Wed May 21, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

61 years is a long time - I think John Saunders drew with Golombek at that one? I recall shaking hands with Harry Golombek on one occasion but I am pretty sure we weren't agreeing to a draw at the time. And I'm not quite that old. Perhaps you meant Harold Saunders? (no relation) I'm not sure there ...
by John Saunders
Wed May 21, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

I've explored this with various people in the past and come to the conclusion that it has not been played in London because certain parties don't like London! On one occasion I was told that in as many words. But to answer your very reasonable point seriously... yes, I agree, a Midlands-based venue ...
by John Saunders
Wed May 21, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 8110

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

I have just been re-reading the early (February) despair in this thread at the number of people using the forum. Things have changed quite a lot since then. The comments posted in February seem almost funny now because the forum has picked up monentum. Speaking as an editor of a chess magazine, I ca...
by John Saunders
Wed May 21, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

Liverpool is very unusual in the ease with which it is possible to travel by train to the venue. Yes, but think how much easier the British Championships would be for you to get to if they were held in London (or even Richmond - last held there in 1912, when a 'great predecessor' of mine won the ti...
by John Saunders
Sun May 11, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 8110

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Re Ceefax: thanks for the kind feedback. I'm sorry I am a bit laggardly at the moment but I'll try to do better. A bit of history of chess on Ceefax. It has come and gone a couple of times over the years but I think it was Nigel Johnson who twisted the BBC's arm in the mid-1990s that they should be ...
by John Saunders
Fri May 09, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26221

Re: Resignation Rumours

In my view to get games broadcast you have to shorten the time control to make chess broadcasts more accessible, long games like Kasparov-Short just won't cut it anymore, unless they are broadcast as highlights. I have seen videos of chess tournaments being news stories in other countries, I think ...
by John Saunders
Tue May 06, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 8110

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Gavin

As Roger has already pointed out, your Brentwood games file was gratefully received and posted on Britbase a few weeks ago. And the tournament given some coverage (with games) in the May BCM. Worth checking your facts before loosing off a sarcastic message to the forum.

John S
by John Saunders
Mon May 05, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 8110

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

If you have had a problem when contacting BCM by phone then I am truly sorry. But I, as magazine editor, am readily and directly contactable via the website www.bcmchess.co.uk - my address is right up there at the top. Why didn't you think to email me? Instead of contacting me in that way (as whoeve...