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by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Justin - No discourtesy intended but I'm not clear that we are in disagreement in the first place and, even if there is a difference in emphasis, even less clear that others will thank us for going to any lengths in trying to identify it.
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

I think everyone here will be happy to hear that Mike seemed in good health etc as his positive contribution to junior chess has never been an issue. The chess world needs entrepreneurial people with 'unique ideas'. The one problem is that, occasionally, their 'unique ideas' are somewhat misguided (...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

I'm not that expert either but "unable to reclaim" suggests the writer may be under a misunderstanding. It's not a question of reclaiming VAT but of offsetting it. So if, for example, a school's services are VAT-exempt (which may vary from one type of school to another - I stress I'm no expert on th...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Photobombing and less than complementary photgraphes
Replies: 16
Views: 1868

Re: Photobombing and less than complementary photgraphes

Yes, quite amusing if one enjoys that sort of thing - although perhaps a shade juvenile.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Photobombing and less than complementary photgraphes
Replies: 16
Views: 1868

Re: Photobombing and less than complementary photgraphes

As to today's silence I'm all in favour, if forum contributors have nothing worthwhile to say, of their not saying it. Please keep it up.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bile Beans Anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 3068

Re: Bile Beans Anyone?

All very well but did they improve his chess?
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

At Watford, we're trying an experiment. It's been difficult to persuade the club juniors (with a few exceptions) to participate in inter-club league matches (which invariably occur Mondays to Thursdays, rather than Fridays) because late nights don't mix too well with school next morning. However, we...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard Haddrell
Replies: 36
Views: 6805

Re: Richard Haddrell

Sad news. Always helpful in my experience. RIP.
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3527
Views: 386219

Re: Media comments on chess

Sabrina C and Judit P on BBC Radio 4 on (from memory) Friday morning, 30 September, regarding the apparent requirement that the women competing in Iran be "suitably" attired, that is, head covered. At least, I think it was Judit but it might have been Susan - I wasn't sufficiently awake for it to re...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Having just returned from J4NCL at Wokefield Park where we had a group of 12 juniors together with parents, I can say I heard absolutely no-one from our group mention UKCC. Nor did I overhear other conversations on the subject. Everyone on this forum seems to be pointing at the large number of junio...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

It never was the case that a criminal conviction automatically barred a person from working with children and/or vulnerable adults but, rather, that it had to be disclosed. Typically, a white collar crime (and even more so, if committed in the distant past) might be judged by a potential employer as...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 3198

Re: Chess/Sport

This discussion looks likely to generate more heat than light. I think the point is that, although a civil court has found Mike B in debt to the taxman and accordingly bankrupted him, he hasn't actually been convicted in a criminal court. I suppose one could go on to argue that, since the threshold ...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51738

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

I've hesitated to post on here as I don't want to sound unkind to Mike Basman, particularly as he is obviously in real difficulty, but (as Simon Brown, above, and others suggest) this petition is a waste of everyone's time. A poster depicting Mike as Don Quixote would, in all honesty, have been near...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Is there any code of conduct for the Players laid out by the ECF?
Replies: 29
Views: 3446

Re: Is there any code of conduct for the Players laid out by the ECF?

Yes, as Roger and Michael suggest above, "acceptable behaviour" is just as subjective a concept at chess events as in life generally. So it's down to the local organiser or equivalent and, what one might find acceptable, another might not.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Curious error message from ECF grading site
Replies: 18
Views: 5250

Re: Curious error message from ECF grading site

I'd like to add my thanks to Richard, who has been unfailingly helpful when contacted, and my best wishes to Paul.