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by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should an arbiter intervene?
Replies: 60
Views: 5863

Re: Should an arbiter intervene?

Very happy to accept David's view on the matter. Am I correct in assuming, as a corollary to this, that the arbiter should not actively seek ("Did anyone see what happened?") views from spectators, no matter how eminent they might be? I should perhaps stress that I ask this as a theoretical question...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should an arbiter intervene?
Replies: 60
Views: 5863

Re: Should an arbiter intervene?

I am happy to accept that the matter falls within an arbiter’s discretion whilst having a definite (and perhaps wrong – hence my raising the point) view as to how I should normally be minded to exercise that discretion. Whilst Nick is of course correct in pointing out that our legal system relies on...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should an arbiter intervene?
Replies: 60
Views: 5863

Re: Should an arbiter intervene?

I hesitate to intrude on such an animated discussion but, returning to the subject of an arbiter's actions when faced (after an alleged incident which he has not personally witnessed) with one player's word against another, what credence if any should he placed on witnesses? I've always taken the vi...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael John Haygarth
Replies: 12
Views: 3824

Re: Michael John Haygarth

I recall Michael Haygarth from the British championships of 1965 (when he was defending champion) and 1969 so I'm not sure he had retired by the late 1960's although, in the 1969 event, he scored an uncharacteristically poor 4/11 which suggests he was no longer playing at his best -- although that's...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Surrey Junior Chess Association?
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: Surrey Junior Chess Association?

John, I have received favourable feedback from the less experienced Watford juniors about the Maidenhead rapidplay tournaments on Saturday mornings. Next one is on 9 July with two sections, under-110 (ECF graded) and beginners (ungraded), where almost all the Watford juniors are encouraged to enter ...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French tournaments
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: French tournaments

While on the subject, can anyone recommend any tournaments in France (preferably within reasonable driving distance of Calais) suitable for strongish (ECF100-150 range) juniors, preferably during school holidays? Or Belgium/Netherlands, for that matter!
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.
Replies: 142
Views: 9729

Re: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.

Sorry, Nick, you're absolutely right and I should have mentioned G.6. However, I don't think that alters the point that a remote arbiter will be far less capable than an on-the-spot arbiter of determining whether "the opponent has been making no effort to win the game by normal means" which is a key...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.
Replies: 142
Views: 9729

Re: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.

I don't see anything which detracts from my earlier post. Paul may well be right as regards old law 10.2 (now incorporated in Appendix G, dealing with draw claims when less than 2 minutes remain on the clock) being the most frequent cause of disputes but, as that law includes the clause "He shall su...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.
Replies: 142
Views: 9729

Re: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.

Whether one agrees with this proposal or not, and I’m not sure I entirely do, one can see some logic behind it. I have one reservation – and I’ve trawled through 9 pages here without noticing anything relevant although I apologize if I’ve missed something – which is this. The proposal, if adopted, w...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat May 28, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Championships - Format of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 23
Views: 2401

Re: British Championships - Format of Junior Tournaments

The original question seems to have been whether the British u-8 championship should be rapidplay, as at present, or standard play? The first point I’d suggest is that surveying the parents of competitors who participate in this year’s u-8 championship will immediately introduce bias because those s...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM aftermath
Replies: 231
Views: 25943

Re: ECF AGM aftermath

Whilst very sorry to learn of Chris Majer's resignation, I think this was inevitable. Chris recognised that it was impossible to continue as chair of the Governance Committee without commanding the confidence of, at the very least, the overwhelming majority of the board and clearly this was no longe...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Chess Championship 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 11848

Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2015

Loss for Dhruv, unfortunately.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3527
Views: 386223

Re: Media comments on chess

Justin, that's displaying uncharacteristic lack of generosity of spirit :o
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3527
Views: 386223

Re: Media comments on chess

On the general subject of chess titles (Charlie Storey et al) I fear it's unreasonable to expect journalists to appreciate subtle distinctions such as the difference between FM, IM and GM. Even if they do, they know most readers won't. For example, there's no point putting out a press release or equ...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM aftermath
Replies: 231
Views: 25943

Re: ECF AGM aftermath

I suspect it might have been hard(er) to fill those junior vacancies in the days before the AGM when Traci would have been unable to state with total certainty to whom they would report - hence the timing of those advertisements, just after the AGM.