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by Neill Cooper
Tue May 04, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: May 2021 ECF Rating List
Replies: 13
Views: 839

Re: May 2021 ECF Rating List

Malcolm Peacock wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 7:12 pm
The LMS only sends to the rating system once per month at the moment.
Which would be why our games on 28 and 29 April are not yet on the rating list.
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 03, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 38
Views: 5410

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

For those of us who use the ECF LMS (https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/) then the games get graded automatically.
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 03, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: May 2021 ECF Rating List
Replies: 13
Views: 839

Re: May 2021 ECF Rating List

I might have some multiple games (e.g AvB then BvA), so for me unstructured is best as that is indeed what it is!
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 03, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: May 2021 ECF Rating List
Replies: 13
Views: 839

Re: May 2021 ECF Rating List

Roger, I think the rating database has problems presenting your tournament because you had multiple games by the same player in each round at https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/66881 At least, I hope that is the cause. I am using the same 'unstructured' setting but using lots of rounds https://ecflms.or...
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 03, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: May 2021 ECF Rating List
Replies: 13
Views: 839

May 2021 ECF Rating List

Great to have the new monthly list out, with 3 events in April: https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/new/list_events.php
by Neill Cooper
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 61
Views: 3112

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

TimWall wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:10 am
Buckle up, folks, because this is a fairly blunt one and you may want to be sitting down when you read it.
Of course this was sent to ALL silver members, including the novice FREE Silver Juniors.
One of them asked me at school this week what was it all about.
by Neill Cooper
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Results of 12th April Junior Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 725

Re: Results of 12th April Junior Tournament

Well done Joseph! We have been running lunchtime chess clubs at Wilson's School in year group bubbles. This week the sixth form had the opportunity to play one ECF rated games, at 15+5. They all ran short of time. In their case I think it was that they enjoyed the opportunity to think more deeply ab...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Mike Duck
Replies: 7
Views: 2187

Re: Mike Duck

I'm sad to hear that. I have fond memories of playing Mike in my first ever inter-club match (Maindehead B vs Reading C) in March 1971. I think his dad also played for Reading C that day.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young Ukraine chess couple 'killed by laughing gas'
Replies: 7
Views: 1655

Re: Young Ukraine chess couple 'killed by laughing gas'

Nitrous oxide is the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis, inhaling it from small cannisters. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48308053. Every year a few people die from it in the UK.
by Neill Cooper
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4374
Views: 479580

Re: Media comments on chess

Today's Times Arts Section has a great 2 page article on The Queen's Gambit, featuring David Howell and Jovanka Houska
by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3918

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

We greatly enjoyed watching the film but for me it had the extra element of nostalga, taking me back to my first congress (Berks and Bucks congress, Marlow, 1971) and those I played in during the following few years (Islington, Ilford, Hammersmith, North Devon, Southend, Maidenhead) as well as Briti...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Secondary School lichess Battles
Replies: 0
Views: 515

Secondary School lichess Battles

With no normal inter-school chess fixtures happening at present we have been running some lichess Battles for secondary schools. Details can be seen at https://lichess.org/team/secondary-school-chess/tournaments These have mainly been at 5 minute + 3 sec increment and have 200+ participants. If anyo...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 22, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 38
Views: 5410

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

John Sellen wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 12:09 pm
It appears quite possible that there will no OTB chess in the UK in second half of 2020.
It is also possible that some households with at least 2 graded players could play arrange to play some graded chess.
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 06, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 277
Views: 19821

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Don't they say it can spread via droplets in the air? 'How do you exercise? People in my city of Shiraz` stayed at home for less than 2 months and are still practicing hygiene, and then reopened with caution. Now the daily cases are still below 50, after it had got under 10. You also can do that......
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 06, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 277
Views: 19821

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ is interesting. For example, Russia has reported nearly 11000 new cases today, but "only" 86 deaths. Are we expecting a surge? How are they counting deaths? Some countries, such as UK and others in Western Europe, initially only tested those with symptoms ...