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by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.
Replies: 3
Views: 656

County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.

I am disappointed to see the proposal that this be abandoned. I understand the reasoning (only 50% of counties/ unions want to continue so it wouldn't be the normal competition) but what about those of us who do want to play? I'll raise this at the Finance Council if there are some others who feel t...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 39
Views: 2324

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:03 pm
John Upham wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:50 am
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You have to pay for it though......
... and it's worth every penny (I bought mine and I'm now waiting for Volume 1 Number 2 to appear).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 35
Views: 5039

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

Also, how much longer will the grading history under the old system be made available (I have a note somewhere to download the personal data from that) and is there an easy way to download or request that data (i.e. one's own personal grading history)? Try the following: 1. Go to your personal rati...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 275
Views: 46328

Re: Chess on TV

MCO 10 (the 1st chess book I bought) does have the same line. It goes down to 9. ... O-O in column 15 on on page 10 and then the game continues in note l on page 12 upt to "15. Q-Q5 (Hajek-Richter, Prague 1949( is unclear". So both MCO 10 and 11 omit the continuation 15. ... BxP 16. PxB P-QR3 which ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Something for a rainy Sunday?
Replies: 7
Views: 814

Re: Something for a rainy Sunday?

I used to work in the Origami Ministry but we all fell victim to the government's paper cuts.
by Mike Gunn
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books on Karpov
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Books on Karpov

How Karpov wins (Mednis) - 2nd ed. reprinted by Dover is OK.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Events Director OTB chess
Replies: 25
Views: 1587

Re: Events Director OTB chess

Council will be asked to elect somebody to this role in October (at the AGM). This could be Shohreh or it could be somebody else. The board will presumably report its action at Finance Council in April but there wouldn't normally be a vote by Council on the matter at that point.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 35
Views: 3121

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

There is only one edition of Nunn's Chess Openings: the original published in 1999.

I don't think this type of book is going to be published any more (overtaken by computer databases).
by Mike Gunn
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 1449

Re: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize

in the UK both the British and Hastings still have a best game prize.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: Master List

The masterlist was very useful for checking/ including the ages of juniors when doing a grading submission for a junior tournament run by somebody else. In the absence of new masterlists I haven't been running the checker program when submitting online results and the checker program was very useful...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: Master List

The ECF online ratings seem to be produced in a rather ad hoc manner. Players are identified by ECF membership numbers rather than grading codes, but I was advised that submitting results in the old format was acceptable (#pin1=etc) which does entail using the old (#bcfcode) identification. By the w...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 83
Views: 7107

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Have the ECF membership rules changed? What you say would not have been the case in the past. Previously, memberships could be purchased from July onwards for the following year, so a non-member (re)joining in July would get membership for 14 months. I think this was a side effect of the way the pr...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1568

Re: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)

I posted on another thread (some time ago) that I visited Bath on one day and my abiding memories are seeing all the other Soviet GMs gathered around Karpov's game and managing to have a conversation with Petrosian (probably translated by the KGB man) about the possibilities of computer chess (he co...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11995

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Another consideration is the financial viability. Torquay is a popular venue but these days it costs us money (when I was on the ECF board I recall it cost about £10K). It was always the aim for the British to break even but I think this is more difficult now entry conditions for the main event are ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Chess Association?
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Re: London Chess Association?

During part of the time I was on the SCCU executive I represented the SCCU on the London Chess Association and (as the body never met) this was a particularly easy task. I have a vague recollection of the LCA doing or being responsible for something in the last 10 years or so but the details escape ...