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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Selling chess books abroad
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Selling chess books abroad

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:04 pm
Is there something like getting the government approval (as to the contents) to publish books abroad?
Not in the UK, but we do not have knowledge of the laws of the Islamic State of Iran.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2414
Views: 102587

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:58 pm
perma­nent plus.
There are no doubt sightings before the age of computer analysis, but "plus" could be taken to refer to an engine evaluation.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

It does sound an odd combination Dvorkovich is putting himself forward as a "reform" candidate as is Nigel. The downsides of Dvorkovich would be as to how independent of Russian foreign policy objectives he would be as a FIDE President and whether as a consequence of being a senior Russian politica...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The Makro team seem keen on reform. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11040-federations-cannot-be-excluded-from-elections-due-to-debts.html It had always been plausibly rumoured that at election times, debts to FIDE could be forgiven in exchange for support of the establishme...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Does anyone know what he's on about? ..... ... Kirsan or perhaps FIDE offered finance to run a couple of Norm tournaments. Whether these tournaments ever materialised isn't known. Presumably they never took place. It appears they got $ 20,000 out of $ 80,000. Whether it's "bribery" is semantics, bu...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Director of Home Chess

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:33 am
Not South Lakes and Doncaster though?
They both used to get around 200. Torquay and Frome could sometimes make it to the top 6 as well.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Director of Home Chess

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:13 am
Calling them the `big six` may have been a leap on my part
Not really, because they used to have a special status as having British Championship places to award.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Director of Home Chess

Just out of interest what is the basis for membership of “the big six”? I should imagine it's the number of games played over a weekend. Until not so long ago, it offered a qualification place for the British Championship. In the South, Kidlington and St Albans are contenders, but they max out at a...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Director of Home Chess

From the North East corner of England, playing for a team in Division 1 or 2 that has no soonsorship means that only the relatively well-off can consider it. Is there interest in playing weekend chess in the North East? A local solution, perhaps a four way competition between North Yorkshire, Cleve...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

TimWall wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:33 pm
- that paved the way for Kirsan and his rotten system to take over
Surely Kirsan just inherited the Campomanes system for winning FIDE elections? Butter up the official or officials of smaller Federations leaving the larger Federations, those representing a majority of players powerless.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:35 pm
Do you like the A-H and 1-8 numbers on the set or prefer that it not be there?
I don't have a preference, other than that if they are present on the board, they should be the correct way round. It's worth having a mental map as to which square is where and what colour it is.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2414
Views: 102587

Re: The English Language

No doubt on this forum there will be those who argue chess planning is a compound two word noun and that gerunds don't exist as in previous postings. Modern Chess something is a well used construction. Modern Chess Openings being a case in point. Modern Openings in Chess would have the same meaning...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Ethics Committee rules He's not standing down quietly http://kirsan.today/en/news/item/2426-fide-president-announces-his-intention-to-continue-working.html I cannot be suspended by three people Actually he can, if you give Ethics Commissions any power. Having an Ethics Commission may have been a co...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Dvorkovich takes advantage of Makro's new Ethics Committee rules [/url]. He's calling into doubt the process of appointing arbiters at Olympiads and more generally the processes for appointing appeal committees, along with those for awarding FIDE events. That was an old Campo trick, not only did he...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 132
Views: 6978

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

What other decision could EC have reached? The actual complaint and evidence have been heavily redacted. But whose idea was it to have an Ethics Commission in the first place? It was used for example by FIDE insider Zurab to have a go at Nigel for being critical, insulting even, in one or more of h...