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by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.

I have to admit I misread Mike's post as referring to what would have been this year's competition, as opposed to the one that was abandoned when the pandemic struck. While I understand the frustration that some events look set to be permanently unfinished I think there comes a point when a line nee...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: 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 ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118263

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If six people are allowed to sit around a table in a pub for a drink, then those six people are free to play chess while they're doing so. Another six people can do the same at an adjacent table. The problem only arises if the groups decide to mix.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11924

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Chess players have been fretting about the number of very old chess players for at least 20 years, during which time the age profile hasn't noticeably changed. Are you quite sure about that? Isn't it more the case that the players are mostly the same people as twenty years ago, only twenty years ol...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11924

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

I'd also push back on the suggestion of losing a generation of young players. Having played in a few 4NCL online congresses it's noticeable that there is relatively little overlap with congress regulars and the average age seems to be a lot lower. These are likely players who don't have the time an...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11924

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Don't worry I am sure the ECF will find some why in 2022 of saying its unsafe I think we are in danger of losing a whole generation of young players this decision is farcical . Most of us cant wait o get back to playing OTB and socialising with long lost friends . Nearly everyone will have had two ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11924

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

In chess terms Sheffield chess club is a member of the Yorkshire Chess Association, which is affiliated to the Northern Counties Union.

I've played in every British since 2013 and if I could return to any one of the six host towns Llandudno would be my choice by far.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11924

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

The government has published their roadmap which suggests they are aiming for normality by 21st June although this is subject to review at every stage. Assuming this goes to plan (and that's a big IF) the British would be able to go ahead but I appreciate there are other considerations that may not ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 23
Views: 2636

Re: Double Check and Mate

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A few months ago I was bored and amusing myself by playing against the lichess computer on a low level. It was all knockabout stuff but I somehow ended up with this rather attractive position (double check and mate and wins the opposing queen to boot).
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Patrick Ribbands
Replies: 12
Views: 1883

Re: Patrick Ribbands

Very sorry to hear this news. I knew Patrick Ribbands when he was EACU controller/ Cambridgeshire captain and I was the national controller. Our conversations were always strictly business, so I can't claim I knew him well, but he was always a gentleman and his dedication to his county role was clea...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 33
Views: 3708

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:35 pm
What's the point
Assuming the question is in the context of the `substantive point` I referred to, the original question was whether there is too wide a range of obituaries being shared on this forum.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 33
Views: 3708

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

Firstly I agree that this thread does not belong here. This section is for deaths and obituaries, not discussion around them

Regarding the substantive point; there are arguments for and against such a wide spread of obituaries. One solution may be a separate section for `international obituaries`.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1468

Re: Question about arbiters

A related example would be where a player, swindled and subject to a forced mate next move (say a back rank mate where all they can do is interpose a piece), instead runs their clock down in spite. On one level, a player can use their time as they wish - but they also need to be told that this is n...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1468

Re: Question about arbiters

That's the same position I set up last night (for the sake of pedantry I had the mating bishop on f6). Justin is right to say that Bg8 would be the worst move on the board but a young beginner might conceivably do it without thinking, which was the scenario given. The point is that checkmate can be ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1468

Re: Question about arbiters

Interesting question Wadih - also something I have thought about doing when it becomes possible again. I may be at risk of incurring the wrath of the Arbiters' Union here, but I do feel that for lower level events a sort of practical wisdom at the board is more important than knowing the minutiae o...