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by Mike Gunn
Mon Dec 04, 2023 8:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and puzzles
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Chess and puzzles

I do about one Sudoku a day (generally out of the Times Fiendish or Super Fiendish books). Professionally (my work continues although retired) I write software to solve engineering problems and I enjoy debugging code. Neither of these activities has improved my chess, I think.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Very long games in weekend tournaments
Replies: 66
Views: 6587

Re: Very long games in weekend tournaments

Peter has been doing similar things in evening league games too. This year the Surrey League introduced G75 + 10 second increments as the default time limit but with the proviso that there is also (by default) a 3 hour session and unfinished games would be sent for adjudication (thus upholding Surre...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 19, 2023 11:04 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: "Resetting" my rapid rating
Replies: 16
Views: 1212

Re: "Resetting" my rapid rating

Isn't the obvious solution not to play any games for a season ... then your existing rating will be cancelled?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 03, 2023 10:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: London Chess Classic 2023
Replies: 48
Views: 4375

Re: London Chess Classic 2023

I agree it was most interesting when it was 4 top English players against 4 of the top players in the rest of the world. After that it became one of a small number of elite international events from which the top player (in all those events) would earn a place in the Candidates tournament.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Oct 24, 2023 12:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Tele Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1230

Re: Tele Chess

There was thread on here 3 years ago (during the Covid Chess Closedown) proposing hybrid club matches (each club plays at their own venue). During this discussion the problems with BCF National Club telephone matches were recounted, particularly the infamous Maidstone vs Dundee encounter of 1994. Se...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 13, 2023 4:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: SCCA Challenge Cup
Replies: 72
Views: 2459

Re: SCCA Challenge Cup

Paul emailed me asking where the historical records on the website were taken from. The bulk of my reply is below (omitting the bit which speculates about the identity of the person who mis-read the name off the Challenge Cup). "If you look at the historical records section of the website you will n...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 13, 2023 10:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Qatar Masters
Replies: 47
Views: 3271

Re: Qatar Masters

I buy my watches (they last a year or two) for less than £10 on Amazon. It's obviously an electronic device but doesn't act as a device for communication. Should I continue to wear it in tournaments?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 06, 2023 5:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Incorrect chess board rotation
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: Incorrect chess board rotation

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2023 3:10 pm
No, 180. Rotation by 90 degrees would be needed to correct a board set up with a1 as a white square.
Jack, the OP says my white rook was on h8 rather than a1 so 180 degrees in this case. The board was set up correctly, just the marked on notation (a-h, and 1-8) was wrong.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Oct 06, 2023 8:59 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Incorrect chess board rotation
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: Incorrect chess board rotation

The position of the square a1 is defined by where the player with the white pieces is sitting, not any notation marked on the board. There was no need to rotate the board by 180 degrees and reset the pieces. However, it would be a friendly/ sporting thing to do if the other player was relying on the...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Sep 23, 2023 12:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: October 2023 ECF AGM
Replies: 115
Views: 7447

Re: October 2023 ECF AGM

Paul, what is your recipe for solving the democratic deficit, then? Alongside most other voluntary organisations with 1,000s of members the democratic participation rate by members of the ECF is very low (instanced for example by the numbers voting to elect Member Representatives on Council). The ba...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Sep 19, 2023 10:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What have the ECF ever done for us!
Replies: 24
Views: 2055

Re: What have the ECF ever done for us!

The ECF rating policy is that either the whole event is submitted for rating or that no results are submitted. Thanks, Brian. That is what I had always assumed and I was disturbed to see people ( I think ) suggesting otherwise. I welcome the unequivocal statement of ECF rating policy on submitting ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Question
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Game Fee Question

I believe the system that the ECF used to use was the age of a junior during a season was the age as at September 1st whereas FIDE used the age on January 1st during the year. The ECF approach was based on keeping the same age for a grading year. Of course this may have changed now (assuming I am ri...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2023-24
Replies: 4
Views: 1038

Re: Hastings 2023-24

Various changes from the normal format: 1. 6 rounds in 4 days replaces the normal separate morning and afternoon Christmas tournaments. All rounds are shown as starting at 14.15 (an obvious error) so we can't yet tell how many morning rounds there will be. To be fair they sometimes adjust the number...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Aug 26, 2023 8:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Query
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Membership Query

I got the free yearbook last year but noticed when I rejoined a couple of days ago that it is no longer mentioned as a benefit. As far as I know there has been no announcement about its being discontinued so I continue to live in hope that it will pop through my letterbox one day.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Aug 24, 2023 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership Reform
Replies: 114
Views: 4877

Re: ECF Membership Reform

Roger was the most vociferous opponent of the ECF membership scheme (on here) 10 years ago. I was on the ECF board at the time and there was a worry that club members wouldn't take up membership and the ECF could be in financial trouble. There was some support on the board (from those who ran congre...