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by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess in the factories.
Replies: 24
Views: 5091

Re: Chess in the factories.

Phil Neatherway wrote:I was a member of the Keele University team that won the League in 1974 or 1975, I can't remember which.
1974. Keele were runners-up in 75 and 76.
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Persistent Infringements
Replies: 39
Views: 4986

Re: Persistent Infringements

I saw a dinsoaur in the London League very recently. I only noticed after the game that a middle-aged player was scoring in descriptive notation. That's against the laws. I thought all the people I had given special dispensation to were either retired from chess or had died. In which case I suggest...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess in the factories.
Replies: 24
Views: 5091

Re: Chess in the factories.

I believe the Electra club near Stoke was a factory-based team. They dominated the North Staffs League in the 1970s. Does anyone know what happened to that club? There was also a Michelin team in Stoke in those days. Electra indeed dominated the North Staffs League in the 70s, winning it seven time...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Appendix G Clock substitutions
Replies: 48
Views: 5793

Re: Appendix G Clock substitutions

Why would an arbiter not agree to this? 1. Lack of suitable clocks 2. Time before the next round too tight, although that is very unlikely 3. Lack of expertise in setting the clock 4 Failure to be acquainted with the Law This seems to suggest that the player is entitled to claim increments. Does th...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Claiming a draw with less than 2 minutes on clock.
Replies: 81
Views: 8236

Re: Claiming a draw with less than 2 minutes on clock.

As it is, in my experience, players are only vaguely aware of the rules, and a league game a bit of a stramash develops with everyone (and his dog) chipping in with suggested tries and possible defences. Unfortunately "win by normal means" has connotations of forcing a win, with people switching in...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Style and Software
Replies: 32
Views: 3580

Re: New Style and Software

General style fine by me; not competent to comment on changed functionality. On 1366 x 768 screen with Chrome there are vertical white margins either side of the main area, though this doesn't detract from my experience. In truth these probably wouldn't have registered had not someone else mentioned...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Service Test Not Forum
Replies: 16
Views: 2409

Re: Service Test Not Forum

Fine for me.

Chrome, windows 8.1, sky broadband over a BT line.
by Martyn Harris
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University chess clubs
Replies: 54
Views: 6621

Re: University chess clubs

Note also the comment in the 2nd para on this webpage , which I've seen referred to before somewhere. Presumably there was a serious effect on after-school activities, including chess clubs and the ability to hold matches. My memory is that it was not so much the teacher strikes of the 70s as their...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University chess clubs
Replies: 54
Views: 6621

Re: University chess clubs

Bath in Bristol league Birmingham in Birmingham league Bristol in Bristol league Cambridge have own collegiate league Imperial in London and Middlesex leagues Lancaster may be in Lancaster & Morecambe league Leeds in Leeds league Nottingham in Nottingham league Oxford in Oxford league Sheffield in S...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pay to play fee
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: Pay to play fee

As Justin says, definitive answer from the other place, assuming that you can get an answer there. I'm all but certain that the answer is yes, the congress organiser still has to play the pay to play fee. Indeed they may already have paid it as they pay shortly after submission of the grading file a...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 13651

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

I think it is a bit more complicated than Martyn's maths suggests. If 2/3 of the players wanted quickplay then of the remaining 1/3 perhaps half of them (i.e. 1/6) might offer quickplay as the 2nd option so 5/6 of the initial offers would include quickplay and 2/3 of these would be snapped up by th...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at ECF
Replies: 122
Views: 13651

Re: Adjudication: an appeal to holders of congress votes at

Quickplay in 44% of games Adjudication in 37% of games Adjournment in 19% of games We cannot treat this as a pure popularity poll because of the way the Surrey system works (away player offers two options and home player chooses one of those) so it represents a mixture of 1st and 2nd choices by all...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2886

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

Niall Doran wrote:I haven't been able to find a review, other than the link above which may be biased as it's on the Chessbase website. Has any here read this book yet? Or found a review other than the one above?
If you count customer reviews on Amazon, there are five on .com.
by Martyn Harris
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council - Controversial Issues
Replies: 67
Views: 11965

Re: ECF Council - Controversial Issues

I hate, loath and detest adjudications, but I see no reason to bar such games from grading. The purity of the grading list is already corrupted by match specific practices such as agreeing draws in good positions so as to secure a match win that a few adjudicated results hardly matter. Indeed I susp...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.
Replies: 22
Views: 2588

Re: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.

The claimant, having less than two minutes on their clock, may not have a full record of the game. An opponent who refuses to allow their scoresheet to be used may simply increase the chance that the arbiter will rule in favour of the claimant. If that happens the arbiter should deal with it under ...