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by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.
Replies: 22
Views: 2588

Re: Another League Adopts Quickplay Finishes.

Joey, a few practical points: If there is no arbiter present, then the claim ends the game. Make a note of position, and if at all possible a complete score of the game, and pass on to appropriate competition authority. They should have access to a tame arbiter who will make a ruling. Most arbiters ...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate
Replies: 103
Views: 16780

Re: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate

Why not ask some former employee of the Rotherham police or social services to be ECF president? Must be at least one of them sufficient politically correct to be worth associating with.
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Union Reps Skype Meeting 17/July
Replies: 68
Views: 17265

Re: Union Reps Skype Meeting 17/July

We play most matches at Newcastle-under-Lyme, which doesn't have a train station, and I only know of 1 player who has gone there by public transport Indeed Newcastle does not have a station, but as it is only 2 miles from Stoke-on-Trent station and with options of using the regular bus service, tax...
by Martyn Harris
Sat May 17, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: MCCU
Topic: MCCU Team Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 4701

Re: MCCU Team Tournament

So a Closed MCCU team tournament which is an Individual Swiss chess tournament and is open to anyone to enter. Further the teams in this individual tournament will consist of any number of players although Team-Trophy ? (Open/u200 eight men per team, u180, u160, u140. six men per team. u120 and u100...
by Martyn Harris
Fri May 09, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 3299

Re: Attitudes

I'm findng it difficult to find any views expressed by Sean's correspondent. He (though it could be she) did not enjoy the event as much as anticipated, with the large number of juniors being a significant contributory factor. Nowhere is the behaviour of the juniors mentioned, nor a suggestion that ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014
Replies: 267
Views: 17593

Re: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014

I too have no interest in acquiring a FIDE rating, which is not to say that I won't at some future point choose to play a competition that leads to me receiving one. Given the prevalence of computer and internet chess with their four digit grading systems it wouldn't be surprising if new competitive...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Replies: 43
Views: 4077


Are you saying that people who have accessed the `Live games` on the Blackpool website are likely to have there computers infected with a virus. If so, what do you need to look out for and what remedy is possible to remove any problems? Symptoms: Postings appear in large bold font. Solution: Split ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ now agree)
Replies: 43
Views: 5820

Re: Bridge not a Sport

There's a piece in the Telegraph about the English Bridge Union pursuing the sport recognition issue with HMRC. The idea was to get VAT exempt status. The article quotes income from Bridge entry fees at £ 631,000. Which will be entry fees for competitions organised by the EBU. There are plenty of ...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inclusion in chess
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Inclusion in chess

We had an autistic young man as a member for a couple of years, introduced to the club by a non-playing carer. I say introduced because the carer made a point of discussing with us the nature of the problem and what we could expect. The young man had a penchant for sharing with all and sundry any th...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Personality Test
Replies: 18
Views: 2851

Re: Chess Personality Test

Mad Scientist.

I'm not mad I tell you. A trifle insane perhaps. But not mad.
by Martyn Harris
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League Website
Replies: 7
Views: 1798

Re: London League Website

I'm currently looking up some results on the London League website: Is there any way to turn off the annoying snowflakes... :evil: Turning off javascript should work, but I've a sneaking suspicion that might interfere with the ability to access and/or display the rest...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Three year silver membership.
Replies: 15
Views: 2212

Re: Three year silver membership.

Three year silver membership here too. Anticipated that the rate would be frozen for at least one year as politically it would not seem good to raise the rate immediately. Went in with my eyes open with respect to discounts, so no complaints on that score. Vaguely interesting question. If I decide I...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidentally displacing a piece
Replies: 145
Views: 10098

Re: Accidentally displacing a piece

Giulio, other people's sob stories are boring, and yours is showing all the classic signs as to why this is the case. Start with a one-sided description of events - a first post. Concede that your own actions may not have been immaculate - there was some handling of the king. Lay-out your own damnin...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the optimum frequency for grading lists?
Replies: 72
Views: 5251

Re: What is the optimum frequency for grading lists?

The simplicity of the +50/0/-50 approach of the ECF grading system can lead one to regard it as a toy grading system in comparison to those requiring more sophisticated analysis. A closer examination might suggest otherwise. There are many ways in which the grading formula can be expressed. With the...
by Martyn Harris
Sat May 18, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs

Keeping a Bridge Club with its own venue afloat seems to be an easier proposition than a Chess Club, but how is the initial finance for a Bridge Club generated? There are (or were) a small number of proprietor's clubs, effectively businesses run by the owner who would not only make a profit from th...