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by David Sedgwick
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 52
Views: 2559

Re: FIDE internal fighting

Peter Doggers has interviewed Makro on his announcement to run for FIDE President. Makro has now confirmed publicly what I had heard privately from two different sources. I'd say this is straight up. Makro has always said that he didn't want to be President and I believe that. Maybe, but I cannot f...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 63
Views: 2690

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Up to a point the ECF couldn't consider anything; one reason David Sedgwick chose the title that he did for this thread was that he considers the counties championship to be `not the ECF's to ruin`. The main bone of contention seems to be this supposedly sacred link between the union and national s...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 63
Views: 2690

Victory for the Dinosaurs

Alex Holowczak has now published his final paper and motions for Council at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/County-Championship-Proposals-for-Council.pdf. The so called diversity proposal and the idea of breaking the link between the Union Qualifying Stages and the Nationa...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 3122

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

Angus French wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:26 pm
David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:14 pm
Surely it's a question of where you draw the line here. If County A had failed to bring any clocks, would you expect County B to play without clocks?
No, not without clocks. But if it's possible to draw lines to make pretty good replica chess boards...?
:lol:
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 3122

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

County B has won a famous victory without playing a single move. Congratulations, this is what English chess is all about. The message is clear: when in doubt, refuse to play chess. You've got more chance of getting your own way by doing that than by sitting down and making the best of it. Surely i...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections
Replies: 55
Views: 4629

Re: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections

I'm quite happy to differ about tradition vs progress in the county championships. I will not accept these accusations that I have an agenda to destroy the county championships. As I have said more than once the role of the controller is an administrative one and I had no authority to alter the for...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections
Replies: 55
Views: 4629

Re: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections

This was the old skeleton draw that had a number of drawbacks. The main one was - and as I keep stressing - counties do not qualify for the national stages, they are nominated. Counties are not obliged to hold a qualifying competition or nominate in any particular order. This meant that the draw co...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections
Replies: 55
Views: 4629

Re: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections

I gather some white smoke has risen from a room in Derby, and I can expect information later this evening. Other things will come out with regard to draw delays, which you'll see when the draw is published. If the draw is published, and the "other things ... come out" tomorrow, Sunday 1st April, we...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections
Replies: 55
Views: 4629

Re: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections

To me this shows the biggest problem with the link between the union and national stages. A union stage match is subject to an appeal and the whole process has to stall as a result. A fair few counties are likely to be chomping at the bit waiting for the draw so they can get venues organised, parti...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Casual Chess cafe
Replies: 71
Views: 3367

Re: Casual Chess cafe

Amanda has (again) deliberately bypassed the Board and gone straight to Council. I suppose that is her right ... It's not her right at all. As I have pointed out, her organisation is not affiliated to the ECF. If it were, she could put a resolution on the agenda if she had the necessary support fro...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: New England number one
Replies: 7
Views: 1090

Re: New England number one

Not yet a new England Number One officially.

https://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=ENG

The Bundesliga has not been included.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Casual Chess cafe
Replies: 71
Views: 3367

Re: Casual Chess cafe

As far as I can discern, Casual Chess is not affiliated to the ECF either directly or indirectly. In my opinion that should make Council consider carefully whether they are suitable recipients of such largesse. Many member organisations have supported the ECF / BCF loyally for years and in some case...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...
Replies: 41
Views: 4470

Re: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

Former BCF President J Poole is another still with us.

And is M Rose (Glasgow) the same person as the well known M Rose (Athenaeum)?
by David Sedgwick
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Andrew
Replies: 40
Views: 3503

Re: No Andrew

The British is some distance away and probably not the immediate priority of those busy volunteers charged with the arrangements for it, some of which are likely to be more pressing than the choice of commentator. Besides which this forum may be used by ECF officers, but isn't a formal route of com...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21160

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:12 pm
Surprises me players are willing to play again so soon
Even at this level, most players are quick to accept invitations if the money is right. They may fear that if they decline they won't be invited the next time.