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by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Junior 4NCL 2016/2017
Replies: 9
Views: 2077

Re: Junior 4NCL 2016/2017

Good weekend enjoyed by the Watford contingent. For those thinking about entering the April J4NCL weekend at the same venue, it's a decent hotel with helpful staff - recommended. Plenty of room for all and, I'm told by our youngsters, the best swimming pool of any J4NCL venue to date. Only small iss...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 51958

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

This is all unclear. Mike refers to HMRC wanting to sell the house "to realise half the price". If I understand the meaning of this correctly, it means HMRC wants to sell Mike's half-share of the house. If that's correct, my guess is that the second half is owned by the ex-wife. If that's also true,...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7900

Re: Possible Voting Reform

There seems to be a private war ongoing on this thread. I don't wish to seem discourteous to any of the parties involved but I rather suspect (admittedly, surmise on my part!) most people wish that they would conduct their battles elsewhere. I'm grateful to Robert for clarifying the issue on juniors...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7900

Re: Possible Voting Reform

Thanks, Angus, for your clarification (more or less!) that the ECF rules "do imply that Junior members are Direct Members - for example, in sections 3. Membership Benefits and 5. Election of Direct Members’ Representatives" which was what I had rather suspected. So I presume I'm right in thinking th...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bruce Hayden
Replies: 7
Views: 3906

Re: Bruce Hayden

A journalist friend of mine, now also deceased, claimed to know Bruce Hayden well. My recollection, and we would be talking about the 1970's and/or 1980's, was that Bruce Hayden was then a member of West London Chess Club and worked for (or had recently retired from) a local paper somewhere in that ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7900

Re: Possible Voting Reform

So as to clarify my thinking, perhaps someone could answer the following simple question. Are juniors also direct members?
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 4192

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

There are few enough people willing to teach chess, often for free, without putting restrictions in the way. Apart from that, it's not simply a question of chess strength as measured by grading - although, as a rough rule of thumb, I'd suggest than a minimum grading difference of say 25 ECF points b...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2017 twitter address's for junior chess
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Re: 2017 twitter address's for junior chess

It's probably first worth reading http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/juni ... on-policy/ as this sets out the criteria for junior selection and the process to be followed by those wishing to be considered. Otherwise I suspect Traci is likely to refer you to that document.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 3294

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

Nothing, I suppose, to prevent arbiters specifying the criterion, "reverse alphabetic order" which would have the effect of reversing the normal outcome. In other words, those players who habitually received byes (the Y's and Z's) would be unlikely to get them while those who normally never received...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Abolish Game Fee!
Replies: 56
Views: 6114

Re: Abolish Game Fee!

This seems to be the relevant passage: "The Board accepted the proposal to introduce three free games per subscription year and abolish game fee. Leagues will be invoiced £25 for every non-member who plays more than three games. It was agreed that a formal proposal should be put to the Finance Counc...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brexit in practise
Replies: 15
Views: 1826

Re: Brexit in practise

Unsurprising since sterling effectively devalued ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38308

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

LOL, not even the players waited for that!
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38308

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

I'm very prepared to concede that I might lose this ending, whether playing white or black, against a top GM but I really find it hard to see how any top GM could lose with either colour short of a complete brainstorm. How about agreeing a draw, guys?
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38308

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Well, I can see that 24...ed (instead of ...e3) 25 cd Qe3+ 26 Qxe3 looked drawn, although black might have had a fractional edge despite his pawn minus, but 24...e3, while avoiding that probable draw, doesn't seem to give black any advantage at all. Another case, non-fatal on this occasion, of Carls...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38308

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

With only major pieces left, it could be that both players opt for an early night for a change!