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by David Sedgwick
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 70
Views: 2462

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Aside from the matter of principle (which is sufficient to my mind) not publishing votes cast for candidates deprives both the candidates and the electorate of very useful information in relation to future decisions to of whether to stand again and who to vote for. It is very encouraging that we ha...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 70
Views: 2462

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

In Gold election, I know Danny O'Byrne as he's a "War and Piece" team mate. I think he is standing as an individual, not a team and he would do what he thought was right. As a Platinum ECF member, I don't have a vote in any of the contested elections, so I have been hesitant about commenting. Howev...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 70
Views: 2462

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

I think the number of votes for each candidate should be published, too. It is quite extraordinary not to do so - let's have some transparency! My recollection is that the voting figures have been published on previous occasions when there have been contested elections for Direct Members' Represent...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1949/50 Hastings Congress
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: 1949/50 Hastings Congress

Players of the present day may raise their eyebrows at the idea of somebody playing incognito . It would never do, would it, in an era when grades and ratings are regarded as more important than the game itself. The last player I can remember doing it was the fellow with the Irish surname who rever...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Arkell's Endings
Replies: 21
Views: 1477

Re: Arkell's Endings

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:00 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:06 pm
ECF's renewal freebie.
What is that? I am not familiar with this.
https://www.chess.co.uk/ecf-members/
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 25
Views: 637

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:11 am
Not impossible a player of that strength could have made an England side in 1975, before the full extent of our "chess explosion" was apparent.
Some of us were around in 1975. If Roger Webb had been selected to play for England, above Robert Bellin, we might remember.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1246
Views: 121447

Re: Cheating in chess

I understand that at least one English player cheated in the Glorney Gilbert. If that is correct, then any such players let down their team mates and let down their country. I can't speak for other federations, but Scotland takes online cheating in organised tournaments and leagues very very seriou...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1246
Views: 121447

Re: Cheating in chess

May we hear of the proven ones Roger? a game collection exercise. Forgive me for being thick but what do you mean by this and in what way is it considered to be cheating ? A "game collection exercise" is where the opponents of a player under suspicion in a local league are asked to supply the game ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1246
Views: 121447

Re: Cheating in chess

I suppose the care level is a bit higher if you’ve committed to a weekend long 4NCL Online Congress or a week long Glorney Gilbert International Online, where people are using their real names and really should know better than to be jumping on their engines. I understand that at least one English ...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 70
Views: 2462

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

There is no such regulation, but I am curious to know what argument you would present that applies in one direction only? There was such a regulation, I believe. I see that this has now been changed, so I apologise. Until a few years ago, you had to be a member of the relevant class (or classes) at...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1246
Views: 121447

Re: Cheating in chess

I don't know about later reappearing, but disappearance is what seems to be happening. It's not helped by lichess and chess.com issuing bans or incriminating flags without the say so of the bodies notionally in charge of the events they are hosting. Organisers seem to be reacting by reversing the p...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 70
Views: 2462

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Any speculation as to why the increased interest in holding these positions? In the past,it's been a case sometimes of co-opting people. Good question! I wonder if people have been asked to stand and, if so, who did the asking. I think it would be helpful if candidate members' reps declared their c...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Geoffrey Wolfarth
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Geoffrey Wolfarth

The English Bridge Union reports the death of Geoffrey Wolfarth. There is an obituary at https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3859/. I believe that he had long since abandoned chess for bridge. However, I may not be the only person who was at Cambridge in the early 1970s to remember him both at the chessboard...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 2839

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

The Pools for Division 3 have been announced. Go to http://chess-results.com/tnr531770.aspx ... =0&flag=30 and click on the other relevant links.

It means an early start for Ireland and a late finish for New Zealand. Both teams are in Pool A.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 2839

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

With some variation towards the end, the Divisions start a week apart, with each Division lasting three days. Division 4: Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August Division 3: Friday 7th August to Sunday 9th August Division 2: Friday 14th August to Sunday 16th August Presumably that's to check the resu...