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by David Gilbert
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 24
Views: 1137

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

Thanks both. There are three options for Directors appointments. The way this is structured, if individual Council representatives are going to pick their favourite, and by default vote against the other two, it seems unlikely that any of the resolutions will reach the 75 per cent required to rewrit...
by David Gilbert
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 81
Views: 9383

Re: FIDE internal fighting

This is a relatively common piece of attempted fraud. The SCCU committee have been receiving similar emails supposedly from its President for the past three or four years. If you reply you’ll be asked to purchase something on the President’s behalf - music vouchers for instance - and to forward them...
by David Gilbert
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

First apologies for muddling the two Nigels. Frankly, when I add two and two together it doesn't always make four! However, the Wanstead Nigel's blog on his Czech-Train experience was a worthwhile diversion (there's still time to extend your tour to Crete, Nigel!). The registrations for the Seniors ...
by David Gilbert
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

Anyone looking to get away early this Summer? News this morning that the delayed 2020 ACO Amateurs and Seniors, due to have taken place in May 2021, have been moved to the new dates 11 - 20 June 2021. Still in Crete at the Fodele Beach Resort. Meanwhile the number of registrations for the 2021 ACO S...
by David Gilbert
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

This’ll probably be my last post on this thread for a while (cue ‘ hear, hear ’ from David & Tim?). The 31 March 2021 deadline has passed and the next cut-off date for the €100 discount is 31 May 2021. With still six months to go, the ACO Seniors in Crete in October 2021 has up 'til this point attra...
by David Gilbert
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

If I go back further to my next five CDs I get: Near Truths & Hotel Rooms: Todd Snider Singles: Future Islands Hope is High: Florence & The Machine My Piece of Land: Amanda Shires The Race for Space/Remixes: Public Service Broadcasting The last (which comes with a DVD) is a fair distance away from m...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:57 am
I think you'll find that's 13 English and 1 Irish !
Absolutely right, but after Saturday’s result I thought he might want to stay in hiding!
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

Most of these are shockingly bad! In the late sixties I was a regular visitor to the Marquee Club in Wardour Street. It was cheap! I’d watch Joe Cocker, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Who, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters, (Peter Green’s) Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Led Zeppelin (nee Yardbirds) , but The Nice wer...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

Numbers are up again this morning as the 31 March deadline for the maximum discount approaches. There are now 172 registrations for the ACO Crete Seniors in October. Mostly German of course, but with a blanket over eighteen countries in total: 85 German; 23 Swiss; 14 English; 11 Dutch; 7 Austrians; ...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4337
Views: 475091

Re: Media comments on chess

The Poke is a satirical news website. This is an old report from October last year with a Top-Ten list of Daily Mail readers comments. No 1 is very good, but I've posted here to note especially No 9 from a reader in America. https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/10/01/simply-17-daily-mail-reader-comments-...
by David Gilbert
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

so a holiday with unregulated Chess? First it’s Chess , nine rounds played in seven rating sections from U1200 up in 200 rating bands; second it’s Chess , where else do you get two Grandmasters sitting outside the playing area helping amateurs with their post-game analysis; third it’s Chess , two e...
by David Gilbert
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

Nick’s name appeared on the list this morning, making it 158 registrations in total for October. We’ve dropped back to fourteen English entries after a defection to Wales and, of course, Nick plays under the Bermuda flag. Don’t you just love chess - we’re going to have so much fun!
by David Gilbert
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

There’s been a mini-flood of new registrations for the ACO World Seniors at Crete’s Fodele Beach Resort in October as players aim to beat the 31 March 2021 deadline for the full €200 discount. There are now 156 registrations, and among them are 15 are classified English. Registrations for the ACO Am...
by David Gilbert
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

Okay pop-pickers. Never mind what you were listening to in the 80s, what are you listening now? Can you list the last five CDs/downloaded Albums you’ve bought (or someone bought for you)? My list goes back about six months, with the latest three post-Christmas 2020. I suspect we'll end up with a mix...
by David Gilbert
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 69
Views: 4444

Re: The ACO is back!

Meanwhile, with six months to go before the start of the Seniors in Crete, and only twelve days left to get registered for the €200 discount, there are now 141 names on the list, fourteen of whom are English. The water flumes await - with special mention of the strobe lit ‘Black Hole’. Let’s face it...