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by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 269
Views: 13025

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: 580

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...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 269
Views: 13025

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:43 am
Rather than take a leap into the dark and risk a total wreck of the grading system, wouldn't a parallel run be prudent?
Now that is a positive suggestion, Roger.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: AGM Minutes

Am I alone in feeling uncomfortable that the ECF President voted (albeit by proxy)? Perhaps I'm old-fashioned but I'd prefer a non-executive President not to vote, other than from the chair with a casting vote. The ECF President in not the Chairman at Council meetings and so would not have a castin...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: AGM Minutes

Anyhow, a couple of other matters: 1. For both card votes for which breakdowns are reported , the total votes counted by the tellers and announced at the meeting were incorrect. This is of concern because: a) it's not first time it's happened recently (at the 2015 AGM it was incorrectly announced t...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

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

Wow! Blimey! (sorry can't manage the squiggles).
by Michael Farthing
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2986
Views: 123362

Re: The English Language

When does boast imply talking arrogantly, and when simply having (or having the honor of having)? I think (but am not totally sure) that the difference is in the grammatical structure. (The rest of the post gets a bit technical). In the first use the verb is used "intransitively" - without a direct...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Policy of continuous improvement
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Policy of continuous improvement

Carl busies away in the background making steady improvements and we all just take it for granted! So I am acknowledging here that I have noticed the new favicon with a full-sized board (the right-way round). Bit hard to play on for those of us with sight challenges - but that's a constraint of web ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: AGM Minutes

A bit late if a scheduled treatment for not making arrangements & potential increased costs. Clearly as the minutes were produced, arrangements were made. No evidence at all that the volunteer replacement resulted in additional costs, but naturally the minutes may have taken longer. Nigel Towers sh...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: AGM Minutes

If you read the minutes you will note that the usual secretary was unwell, so the record has been produced by a non ECF employee. I don't know for certain but I believe the minutes are described as draft because they need to be approved by Council as an accurate record. Correct (almost) on both cou...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

AGM Minutes

Both the draft minutes of the AGM and details of card votes are now on the ECF website.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2986
Views: 123362

Re: The English Language

It also has an older and now little used meaning in the phrase "a nice distinction" where it roughly means something that needs careful or subtle thinking.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Rare 17th century book
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Rare 17th century book

I was struck by the fact that the front cover answers a question raised on this forum a few months ago. Has white always made first move? The cover suggests that at the date of this book first move went to whoever touched a piece first. Note to Rupert: Replies seem to be about chess trivia rather th...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 3326

Re: Excelsior!?

[Event "4NCL Division 1a"] [Site "Daventry, ENG"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "2.31"] [White "Sreeves, Clement"] [Black "Rudd, Jack"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C10"] [WhiteElo "2358"] [BlackElo "2234"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2018.11.11"] [WhiteTeam "Alba"] [BlackTeam "West is Best 1"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2986
Views: 123362

Re: The English Language

The phrase says "static weaknesses" and both words surely must be taken together. A doubled pawn is a static weakness. It is a weakness that often stays to the end of the game and cannot be got rid of easily. For pieces, to take an extreme example to make the point, might be a bishop on f1 with pawn...