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by Alan Walton
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 7062

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

Is the problem with University chess the cyclical nature of the societies with players normally only around for a few years Oxford & Cambridge are better designed to cope with this due to the varsity matches Historically Manchester University was very active in the Manchester league, but once they l...
by Alan Walton
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 14925

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Why does Hou Yifan not like playing female opponents ? Has she ever said this; the original issue was she believed the pairings were being manipulated for her to play female only players, this wasn't the case as we have been told, but you cannot deduce that she doesn't like playing female opponents...
by Alan Walton
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 209
Views: 22707

Re: Champions' Names

1989 U16 was Paul Brown; ex-3Cs player, last I heard he was teaching in Cambodia
by Alan Walton
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 77
Views: 9404

Re: County Championship Finals

David, After struggling reading you post, here a couple of points 1) Who ever mentioned Manchester not entering a team because they can't get captains; it is more due to the lack of top players willing to put up with the travelling; also travelling to the Midlands counties isn't just for your 1 hour...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 191
Views: 19979

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Daniel won in round 7 so I think he needs 2/2 to pass 2500. Carl & Joseph both need 1.5/2 tomorrow for IM norms. Daniel won in round 8 so back to "needing to win with black" to hit 2500 scenario. I suspect that if Joe only needs a draw in the last round against Daniel for his IM norm, I reckon Dani...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

From Manchesters point of view, it is also a bonus not playing Lancs and Yorks in the early Qualifier stages, because it means we get to play them in the later stages if we progress. Why are you worried about playing them, going into any competitive event you shouldn't be worried about any opponent...
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

Michael Farthing wrote:There is only one answer that the ECF could give to this which is to point out that Manchester is a member of the MCCU.
This is nothing to do with where we play, it's about who's eligible to play
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

A controversial thought, get rid of the unions and make it a proper competition from day 1 There was a consultation about doing just this a couple of year. It was discussed in this thread here http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7340 although so[me material including the responses from A...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

IM Jack Rudd wrote:It's usually not difficult to make yourself eligible for a near neighbour if you really want to.
Exactly, just certain people in Lancashire don't think greater Manchester exists, we need the ECF to man up a bit
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

A controversial thought, get rid of the unions and make it a proper competition from day 1
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

GM though have more or less seen some of their potential players poached. Hard to be absolutely sympathetic with them not fielding an open county team at all but you can see why they might like to have it properly clarified. One of the main reasons we don't have a team is because of the lack of int...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

All I want is that how did they made that decision and also how they will tight up the eligibility and for the ecf to answer alan question in public!! they no point of bringing this as a motion to the meeting as it will not been heard till april meeting as least Transparency and scrutiny of the dec...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 2372

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

The Festival will now take place from Saturday December 2 until Sunday December 10 at the second venue. When the schedule is published, we will find out whether the intention is to have 9 rounds in 9 days, 9 rounds in 8 with a one day rapid or 9 rounds in 7 with a two day rapid and whether the rapi...
by Alan Walton
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 7717

Re: Motions

Michael Flatt wrote:Would playing for Marple in the East Lancashire Summer League be sufficient to claim eligibility as a Lancashire player?
I gather no, they Club has to be affiliated; Heywoodfor example is not affiliated to the MCF but competes in the Manchester league