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by John Upham
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 75
Views: 2569

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
what is the use of Council
An excellent question
by John Upham
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2622
Views: 281346

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff, Increments tend to avoid adjournments which (IMHO) is a good plus point. Increments tend to avoid adjudications which (IMHO) is an even better plus point. The prospect of a third party completing someone else's game is ridiculous. They avoid persons with lost positions flagging their opponent...
by John Upham
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Ignorance is Bliss

Was anyone else impressed (not) by the infantile attitude of the HIGNFY panel towards the match during the Friday, November 30th edition. Pathetic ! I have a good deal of respect of Ian Hislop and Paul Martin (Merton) and Jennifer Saunders. I can only hope that they were forced to talk nonsense by t...
by John Upham
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: ECF Supporter

This matter is under discussion in another place
by John Upham
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1859

Re: Knights facing forwards.

In what direction should one point the bishop's mitre ?

I have worried about this for some time.
by John Upham
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Roy E Ashmore (1935 - 2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Roy E Ashmore (1935 - 2018)

I learnt today of the passing of Roy E Ashmore on Sunday, November 24th 2018. His ECF grading code was 105909K Roy was born 18th December, 1935, in Nottingham*, was married in Loughborough* and moved to Hook(?), near Basingstoke. He was a long standing member of Basingstoke Chess Club and played for...
by John Upham
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38666

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It is that chess is not a visual spectacle easily understood by most people. From a TV viewing figures point of view the problem is the game not the format. Unless you believe the 600 million number is a potential TV audience. How would you characterise the difference in the presentation of Poker o...
by John Upham
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38666

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The shambles continues. Professional photographer David Llada - his The Thinkers is superb - prevented from taking pictures on stage at the start of today’s game .... whilst amateurs were allowed to snap away with their mobile phones https://twitter.com/davidllada/status/1062014250359681025?s=21 Do...
by John Upham
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"

Also, there is GM Ben Finegold on the Twitch platform.

He is fairly down to earth and easily understood with much humour.

Try https://www.twitch.tv/gmbenjaminfinegold

J.
by John Upham
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38666

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

In game 2 11...Se4 appears to be a TN.

11...a6 was played in Mason - Tambini, British, 2014 which was drawn on move 20.
by John Upham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1924

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Was there ever a book "written" by Eric, Raymondo and Sam Sloan ? What would be the subject matter ?
by John Upham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 59119

Re: Cheating in chess

There is a way to turn this around. We have Losers Chess, why not have Cheaters Chess? Each participant is allowed to cheat in any way. If the method of cheating is discovered then the player is disqualified. We would need a counterfeit cash prize large enough to make it worth participating. When I...
by John Upham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

Do you have a different edition of the newsletter - the match is mentioned in the opening paragraph, together with a link to other material on the subject. Apologies. I scanned it far too quickly. I looked at the headings only, saw no mention and erroneously concluded. There is a mention in the ver...
by John Upham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

Spookily, within a few minutes of posting the excellent ECF Newsletter for November (from Mark Rivlin) has landed.

Lots and lots of items and a mention of the London match in the first paragraph.
by John Upham
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

Michael, I suspect it runs deeper than that and that a board decision was made on the grounds that the ECF is not directly involved in the organisation or staging of the event. I doubt if Malcolm shares this view but I might be wrong. Does the ECF take any share of the ticket sales ? If I was FIDE /...