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by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 549

Re: Past recollection a split topic

Folks, threads in this section are to my mind somewhat different in that they also have a permanent function as a memorial to past players. This thread has strayed away from Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer which I think is inappropriate here. There's no problem with the other things being said, but would ...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12825

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The old ECF League program works fine for me, but it means I'm having to maintain a Windows XP computer running just for grading, and this has caused me some problems Julie, you can ask Windows 10 to run a program as if it were running in a Windows XP environment. See the following page for some ad...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4768

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

[Is there any congress where a hotel could reasonably be described as a 'sponsor''? I doubt it very much]. Gibraltar. They publish a list of the sponsors, and the Caleta Hotel is one of them. Jack, you and Andrew miss the essential word "reasonable". Of course, being described as a "sponsor" on the...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4768

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

There was a rumour a few years back that one of the country's biggest congresses might lose its hotel venue. Probably more about the hotel risking losing a posh wedding if it continued its relationship with a congress that generates little income. No sponsorship or philanthropy involved - a purely ...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 13063

Re: New Year Honours List

..and becomes more valuable, surely, as it becomes rarer! As I recall it was always a difficult award to achieve, not significantly below IM. There was also, for a short while, a title of Candidate Master.
by Michael Farthing
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6754

Re: Hastings

I suspect that at the time Nick experienced this it felt like the highest point of the South Downs and he was simply reporting the Spirit of the Thing. A Lion search as yourself would naturally not think of such a metaphor for what to you must be merely a bump. A Northern Giant such as myself consid...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12825

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Some match captains on the night take 2 weeks to input. It may well be because the opposition captain has not got the correct player details. Most League management systems require that players are selected from a drop down club list, so an unreadable scribble on the match card should not be an iss...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12825

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

the ECF League Management System provides a far better interface. Does it accommodate the input of any ad hoc game between two players? Not by the players themselves - rightly so. However, an authorised user could in theory generate a competition entitled "M Farthing v R de Coverley Challenge Match...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12825

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. Eggs a...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3506

Re: How many casual players?

A chess game played in a primary school playground is as valid a game of chess as one for the world championship as far as I'm concerned. What's the relevance of whether it's rated or not?
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

About the Lady only six words occur to me:

Don't you think she's looking tired?
by Michael Farthing
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 707

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Hi Michael, You are nit-picking, Bob Wade is actually Robert Graham Wade. I could not put RGW on the trunks. Everyone called him Bob - even you. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8245&p=176756&hilit=Bob+Wade#p176756 B.H. Wood is correct, everyone uses that, but I could not think of ano...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 707

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Maybe I should leave the flag off and just put 'BW' in the trunks. ('is it Baruch Wood?')
Oh another bloomer! That would clearly be insufficient address. It would have to be BHW
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12825

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I can see the point of juniors having frequent recalculations of grade, but is it wise to change the system just to suit players who are generally only active for 5 - 10 years? Of course, new arrivals to the country would benefit from having frequent recalculations of grade. Most, but not all, and ...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lost chess clubs
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: Lost chess clubs

One of my leagues (Blackpool & Fylde) has some evidence on this as each year we produce a handbook of fixtures which contains a list of past winners dating back to 1968-9. It shows no losses since 2008 but a number before then, often work or school teams. Exact dates of loss of clubs cannot be deter...