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by David Robertson
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:10 pm
IanCalvert wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Supporting a "slate" that becomes wickeder and wickeder is a bad thing!
Which one are you talking about?
:lol: :lol: :lol: It really is that bad :roll:
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 34
Views: 3517

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much.
by David Robertson
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 11
Views: 733

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I would be interested to know if Alex has any plans to develop junior chess at `improving level' I hope he has none. It's not the business of the ECF to develop 'improving players'. That's our job, in the clubs. The ECF is properly the body to take the elite - the best we can produce - and help to ...
by David Robertson
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

It's all kicking off! Makropoulos has begun heavy shelling of Dvorkovich's position. He's seeking to have his main opponent banned via a joint Makro-Pein referral to the FIDE & IOC Ethics Committee for egregious malfeasance of varying kinds. Dvorkovich meanwhile has laid down his own carpet-bombing,...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 26
Views: 1734

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

All very fine. But I thought there were some protocols for the orderly publication and release of candidate statements. No?

...as given in Procedural Bye-Law 12.8.1 (I'm impressing myself! :) )
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Sunday Times of 9 September. Headline Putin sends knight to take control of world chess federation - with help of British Grandmaster. Aditional reporting by Jack Hunter ... At stake is the presidency of an organisation about which the Russian state cares desperately and no oher government does - S...
by David Robertson
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

OK, so where are we up to? Makropoulos is claiming 114 votes (winner needs 94, I understand). Now Dvorkovich has responded claiming 91 votes. That leaves Short who is believed to carry 30+ votes. Have we passed 187 votes yet? Of course, things start to get tricky if Dvorkovich starts to claim 94+ vo...
by David Robertson
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Short and Dvorkovich release further wedding pics, at the same time reminding Makropoulos that it's 'game over'
by David Robertson
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club
Replies: 66
Views: 2589

Re: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club

To Alex How can it be an irrelevant question when the whole topic is what is a BONA FIDE member if You don't know then just be honest and say so if you do know enlighten the masses with your vast knowledge however irrelevant you feel it maybe so just one more time WHEN DOES DAVID BECOME AN BONA FID...
by David Robertson
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Looks like a pretty significant development Dvorkovich and Short standing side by side appear to be united It's very significant. They are united. They have the numbers between them. And they do intend to clean out the stables. Whether they can , remains to be seen. But unless there's another twist...
by David Robertson
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17781

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The final list of delegates with voting rights has appeared on the FIDE site . It does look very odd that Malcolm Pein will effectively be voting against himself It's only when I see this list in cold print that the full horror strikes me. For the rest of the time, I assume it cannot be true; it ca...
by David Robertson
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Messina Chess Club
Replies: 6
Views: 911

Re: The Messina Chess Club

It was the bottom 12' that drowned them!
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Messina Chess Club
Replies: 6
Views: 911

Re: The Messina Chess Club

Never mind the chess. The staggering destruction of the Messina earthquake is worth a read. Those who weren't buried alive in their beds in the early hours by the massive 7.1 magnitude quake, fled to the seafront for safety where, a short while later, they were drowned by a 12' tsunami. Up to 200,00...
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5938

Re: Sinquefield Cup

I went to bed last night before the end of Mamedyarov-Carlsen thinking, it's dead drawn: if Carlsen wins this, he's a better player than I am.

Well, he didn't win it.