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by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1257

Re: Post Brexit Openings

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:32 am
When are you gonna exit EU, and how does it affect bank transfers?
1. 29th March 2019

2. Not at all, to the best of my knowledge. We won't be leaving the Eurozone, for the good reason that we aren't in it anyway.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 55
Views: 1760

Re: FIDE account closed

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:48 pm
Ok, I have found a list of Zones
At https://ratings.fide.com/fide_directory ... content=39 you will find a list of Zone Presidents.

I repeat my challenge to you and to everyone else. Wihout looking at the link, how many of them can you name?
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2059

Re: Northumbria Masters

Nick Burrows wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Fascinating; maybe you can phone each other again to verify the length of your calls privately..
No thank you. I have just had my monthly bill.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 55
Views: 1760

Re: FIDE account closed

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:22 am
On a matter of detail, if a President steps aside the vacancy is not filled until the next scheduled election.
Paris Congress 1995?
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2059

Re: Northumbria Masters

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:44 am
David Sedgwick phoned me last Friday, and we expressed mutual surprise that we agreed on something. At the risk of causing him some sort of traumatic shock injury, I'm going to agree with him again.
It's time to return things to normal.

I didn't phone you last Friday. You phoned me.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 55
Views: 1760

Re: FIDE account closed

The only point I have been making is that the EB is broadly drawn from the same pool as the GA, and their voting is a good guide to how the GA will vote. I am stating that as an unsupported fact, and anyone who believes they know better is free to disagree. What you actually said previously was: .....
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2059

Re: Northumbria Masters

This year where they extended to five rounds (apparently a FIDE requirement) What??? If tournament organisers want to experiment with something strange they have the right to do so, provided that it does not demonstrably favour some players, but they should take responsibility themselves and not in...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 55
Views: 1760

Re: FIDE account closed

I wonder how the ECF would handle a President who was a similar embarrassment. As Roger de C has pointed out, that has happened twice in this decade. Both were gone within a few months of a consensus developing that that was necessary. It might be more difficult in the future, now that we no longer...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen vs Nakamura
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: Carlsen vs Nakamura

Would they have allowed 10.2/Appendix G/(whatever it's now called) claims? Not by Naka but by Carlsen so he would avoid a loss on time? It's now called Guideline III, but I don't know. Who knows? FIDE Laws don't necessarily apply in unofficial games. From the Regulations for the event: "The games w...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

... when computer aided (database and engine) preparation for specific opponents is quickly possible? The effect of that is that pre-game preparation now extends down to players about ECF 150, if not lower. Those who spend time on preparation see their results improve and their grades go up. Those ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 729

Re: Arafat Gambit

Was it by any chance played by a Palestinian at an Olympiad?

A major drawback of the opening is that Black can avoid the critical 2 ... Nxe4 by playing 2 ... d6. I imagine that that would be more likely after 1. d4, Nf6; 2. e4 than after 1. e4, Nf6; 2. d4.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1518

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

The new EU law on data processing will come into effect on 25 May 2018. Its key aim is to provide protection for individuals and it also prevents organisations hiding behind legal jargon in their small print agreements. We’ve known about this for some time and organisations, certainly Government or...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1518

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

Given the overall impact of Brexit this is small beer, and sadly suggests that chess players (and administrators) live in a bit of a bubble. Data issues are important, but nothing when compared with the numbers of people including chess players who might be unable to find jobs after Brexit. I wish ...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2018

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:20 am
David Sedgwick :)
Thanks Mick.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grade/Age Categories
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: New Grade/Age Categories

I think that the age information in grading site should be treated with caution. I know from my club that at least a couple of over 80s should be shown, but are not, whereas the one person who is there will be very amused to find that he is over 80. Surely one of the reasons for publishing the list...