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by MSoszynski
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hospitality at your chess club
Replies: 13
Views: 2901

Re: Hospitality at your chess club

cold-war-cakes.jpg Each August since 2006 Sutton Coldfield Chess Club and Warley Quinborne Chess Club (both in the Birmingham League) have played a friendly match alternating between their respective home venues. At the very first match at half-time, along with a few biscuits, cake was served. A ye...
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU and the MCF
Replies: 300
Views: 29151

Re: NCCU and the MCF

I'm not sure why Manchester wished to become a county for the purposes of national competitions, when in similar geographical circumstances Birmingham and Bristol didn't. There was a meeting some time ago to decide whether or not a West Midlands County Chess Association should be set up. It was dec...
by MSoszynski
Sun May 11, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Optional donation
Replies: 5
Views: 1297

Re: Optional donation

Do any chess clubs have optional donations as part of their chess club membership payment? And if you do how successful is it? Current membership fees at Brewood are £30 for adults, £10 for juniors. There is also a charge of 30p per week for a cup of tea or coffee (in reality this is needed to pay ...
by MSoszynski
Thu May 08, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3298

Re: Attitudes

I think you are too quick in labelling this matter as "customer feedback". For me, the most useful kind of feedback is something which one can actually use to change or improve things in future, but when people mention things which clearly cannot be changed, I often think they are moaning and not g...
by MSoszynski
Thu May 08, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3298

Re: Attitudes

What surprises me is that he thought it necessary to share his complaint with Sean. To what end? Did he expect Sean to agree and to consider different entry conditions in future in order to tempt him back? Surely not. This is a completely wrong-headed attitude to customer relations. Feedback should...
by MSoszynski
Wed May 07, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3298

Re: Attitudes

Well two days ago I sent a message saying I wouldn't compete in a tournament because it excluded juniors... This shouldn't even be in debate. How would everyone react to: Please remove my details from your mailing lists. I was disappointed by the large number of Jews in your recent Easter event, an...
by MSoszynski
Wed May 07, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3298

Re: Attitudes

I received the following email recently Please remove my details from your mailing lists. I was disappointed by the large number of juniors in your recent Easter event, and so will know to avoid e2e4 events in future. and interested to hear forum thoughts on the views expressed therein. Above all, ...
by MSoszynski
Sun May 04, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting people to volunteer to do things
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Getting people to volunteer to do things

What is described is perfectly normal, and applies to every sort of club, not only chess. From personal experience, I would say that the best recruiting ground for organisers and administrators is new members. These are people who are already taking on a new, partly unknown commitment merely by join...
by MSoszynski
Fri May 02, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Blood Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 1910

Re: Blood Pressure

David Gostelow wrote:... am aware of the list of top players who have died because of this.
I'd prefer to see some proper academic research on this topic rather than random lists of players who happened to suffer a stroke or heart attack.
by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181103

Re: little

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:Some people feel intensification is unnecessary and redundant
What? Name them. Show me examples. Explain how it is possible to avoid "intensification" - never to use very or slightly...
by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181103

Re: little

I don't want to labour the point, but I would be interested in an example sentence where you thought that the 'up' at the front made a noticeable difference. Robert P.S. Perhaps it's the mathematician in me. The best mathematical statement or proof is the one which gives all of the required informa...
by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181103

Re: little

It could be one of those unnecessary words that people sometimes include for no particular reason. My pet hate is starting a sentence with "up until . . . " I've never yet met such a sentence where the 'up' can't be omitted without changing the meaning. (I nearly put 'at all' at the end of the last...
by MSoszynski
Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?
Replies: 39
Views: 4224

Re: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?

Colin S Crouch wrote:We all get used to the chess grading system, and it helps sort out team orders, so why not on the forum? Discussions?
Precisely because it is a forum, not a tournament hall.
by MSoszynski
Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?
Replies: 39
Views: 4224

Re: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Kevin Thurlow wrote:I presume Carl could produce space for a profile as I believe occurs in some other forms of media, if he felt like it.
I have no plans to change this software beyond the default sorry as I already have sufficient work to do :(
What exactly are you sad about?
by MSoszynski
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?
Replies: 39
Views: 4224

Re: Gradings to be published, on the sidebar?

"Is this a quibble?" No - a fact. People need to be reminded of Richard Clarke's warning when he designed the grading system. I presume Carl could produce space for a profile as I believe occurs in some other forms of media, if he felt like it. I wouldn't blame him for refusing to do so! Isn't it b...