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by John Foley
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 4546

Re: Laws of Chess

David Sedgwick demonstrates the role of professional arbiter with a sprightly dynamism.
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London Chess Classic 2012
by John Foley
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 4546

Re: Laws of Chess

Surely the most significant change is 11.3.3. because the arbiters now have the power to order body searches. 11.3.3 The arbiter may require the player to allow his clothes, bags, other items or body to be inspected, in private. Will this delicate task be included in the arbiter training course? Is ...
by John Foley
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 25658

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Does anyone have any idea how the by-election might have gone if the Conservatives had put forward an official candidate? Would that have increased the Lib Dem eventual majority, or might it have confused things still further? The key issue here in Richmond Park was Brexit. The only chance for the ...
by John Foley
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

There will be a presentation on the proposed National Mind Sports Centre on Monday 12th December at the Kensington Olympia Hilton Hotel at 2pm. Amanda Ross will outline the preliminary results of the feasibility study that she has been undertaking on behalf of the British Go Association and the Engl...
by John Foley
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 2393

Re: Chess/Sport

Perhaps you can explain to me how somebody who was above the VAT turnover threshold for many years and yet consciously made the decision not to charge VAT, and who as a result has been the subject of bankruptcy proceedings by HMRC which are as we speak being enforced, has not broken the law. I find...
by John Foley
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 2393

Re: Chess/Sport

Mike Truran wrote:Basman broke the law

Mike, this is a serious allegation. Unless you are prepared to provide some evidence, then I would respectfully advise you to withdraw the statement and apologise. The fact that someone has a tax bill does not mean they have broken the law.
by John Foley
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mammoth Book of Chess Disputes
Replies: 19
Views: 2124

Mammoth Book of Chess Disputes

Given the disputatious nature of the chess world, it would be a pity not to record some of the most significant disputes in a systematic way in book form. Too often, residual bitterness leads to polarised accounts of emotional interludes. The behaviour of chess players, who are generally regarded by...
by John Foley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

Whoops indeed - an errant zero - the figure should have been 2%. Whichever way you look at it, the amounts are large by ECF standards. It is not clear why "discussions" favoured purchasing a property rather than renting one. Renting would demonstrate demand for the facility and enable the ...
by John Foley
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

The paper invites Council to express a view on a permanent Mind Sports Centre. A more precise issue for Council is how much would ECF be prepared to pay to cover the cost of the fundraising. If fundraising costs 20% (a typical metric), then the ECF will have to commit to £34,000 in order to raise th...
by John Foley
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian article by Stephen Moss
Replies: 66
Views: 6608

Re: Guardian article by Stephen Moss

The 4NCL brings together the cream of the country’s 10,000 or so competition players, plus a smattering of overseas titled players paid to add a bit of star quality to the teams. Surely this is an endorsement of 4NCL consistent with the approach taken by many other sports and belies the prior refer...
by John Foley
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian article by Stephen Moss
Replies: 66
Views: 6608

Re: Guardian article by Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss will be one of the contributors to the forthcoming London Chess Conference. There is an impressive line up of speakers from around the world discussing the role of chess in society.
by John Foley
Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian article by Stephen Moss
Replies: 66
Views: 6608

Re: Guardian article by Stephen Moss

Capablanca was a diplomat. Is there an England chess player who would be suitable for such a role? Somebody loyal, charming and multi-lingual, who knows how to work a room and, here is the catch, never says anything to upset people.
by John Foley
Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dennis Morton Horne (1920-2015)
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Dennis Morton Horne (1920-2015)

Was he any relation to David Horne from the 1980s famous for squeezing a chess programme onto the Sinclair ZX81 in less than 1k of code?
by John Foley
Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 9693

Re: The arbiter nexus

Gary Kasparov speaks on Timeless Values at the inevitably named Nexus Institute :D
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 9693

Re: The arbiter nexus

Andrew Zigmond wrote: Nigel Short didn't exactly do himself many favours with some atrocious anti arbiter comments around the same time.

The fatal mistake. Never breach this rule. Only speak of them in reverential tones for they will never forgive or forget.

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