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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

even those critical of the ECF surely have to admit that considerable progress has been made since. Really. Almost exactly the same points can be made today. I was thinking particularly about the comments Harriet and Andrew made about the lack of support for top players. That's in the context of th...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:52 pm
Is it believed that if the Board's new strategy comes under fire he will resign?
There's a 10 year anniversary shortly

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=262&hilit=resignation
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Revised Papers
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: Revised Papers

I draw everyone's attention to the publication of two revised finance papars for the Council Meeting. From the summary The increase in Membership numbers will be key to the success of the Board’s plan. The Board will be seeking opportunities to increase membership and numbers will be regularly moni...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 240
Views: 12447

Re: Why did he did so?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:14 pm
How would you find such a combination?

I think you have to notice that after 1. Bf6 gxf6 2. Qh6, White threatens mate and you fill in the details with forcing moves.

Also after 1. Bf6, the Bishop cannot be ignored as 2. Qg5 will follow.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

It would be interesting to know what the saving in collection costs to the ECF is with 3 year memberships compared to 1 year memberships, to determine what a fair discount would be (to be offset against any expected increases in membership fees over the 2 extra years of membership, which the ECF wo...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Evidently an increase requires specific approval, whereas the removal of a discount does not, but we all know they are the same thing. Does not Council have the power to reject the whole membership package? If so, it could agree to the abolition of the discount only if the base rates were £ 1 lower.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Compared to the Budget approved last year, there are two changes of significance. Isn't there a strategy decision in there as well? Namely to reduce the junior membership cost to a level ,£ 5 where it's scarcely worth individually collecting because of the cost of collection. The side effect is to ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 12733

Re: County Championship Consultation

[Would you expect the bigger counties to use their second team as U 180, in which case their top boards would presumably get squashed flat, or bring in stronger players who wished to play in both, jettisoning the 160-170 group? I was thinking National stages only with both the Open and Minor teams ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 12733

Re: County Championship Consultation

do you think that there will be any amends raised at the meeting :) I doubt the meeting will approve the abolition of the Minor Counties because of the geographic spread of counties currently entering. What it could do, if proposed, is to amalgamate the Minor Counties and U 180 under Minor Counties...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 ed5 cd5 4 Bd3 Nc6 5 c3 Nf6 6 Bf4 Bg4 7 Qb3. Of course, you can deviate earlier with ... g6 ideas or 5 .. Qc7 but if you go down this line, you now have none too exciting a choice between 7 .. Na5 or 7 .. Qc8 and White carries on playing his ideas for ages and as long as he takes s...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 245
Views: 9784

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

They have never pretended to give members £1 worth of benefits in return for £1 worth of contributions It's the same really for every national sporting or cultural body that doesn't have any or enough external financing from sponsorship or government. Quite a bit of what's collected is used to main...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 33
Views: 1926

Re: 2018 Gashimov Memorial

Carlsen off the mark against Wojtaszek. 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 d6 3 d4 - what's that all about? I had never seen it either, but it has been played a few times. It could be a relative of the known line that runs 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 although Carlsen used a different treatment by p...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 33
Views: 1926

Re: 2018 Gashimov Memorial

though it's hard to see Topa-Shak fizzling out, as things stand (#21) The chessbomb Stockfish is scoring it as almost equal. Presumably it reckons that despite only having 5 pawns to Black's 7 and the extra pawns being dangerous queen side invaders, White's attack is going to suffice for at least a...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2259
Views: 244390

Re: Media comments on chess

A story about Shreyas Royal and his family in the papers today. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/visa-battle-to-keep-future-world-chess-champion-shreyas-royal-in-britain-97q2gwz86 (might need registration) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5641385/Child-chess-prodigy-fighting-stay-Britain-da...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 932

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Fazekas's unexpected success. I had a look at his games from the British and the following Hastings. His contemporaries thought he lacked opening knowledge although with the benefit of history you can perhaps see that his use of club player favourites worked well against his opponents in the Britis...