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by Angus French
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12376

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel tweeted on 9 Nov: "A quiet revolution is taking place in FIDE. Roughly one third of the commissions, and almost one third of the commissioners, were axed today. This was a necessary change, but nevertheless quite breathtaking." So which commissions and commissioners have gone and why? Can't s...
by Angus French
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 313
Views: 21906

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:52 pm
Wikipedia:
The first World Chess Championship not to use adjournments was the Classical World Chess Championship 1995...while the last one to use adjournments was the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996.
Thank you. I'd looked on other pages but not found that one.
by Angus French
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 313
Views: 21906

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Its the first time in many years that I've given adjournments any thought but it did occur to me that back in the day the game would have been adjourned at some point after move 30... The referenced Game 5 of the 1978 Korchnoi-Karpov match - the longest-lasting World Championship game at 124 moves ...
by Angus French
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 313
Views: 21906

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

My guess is that something will be said, because it's easy as well as right and because nobody likes AGON. What will actually be done though, is a harder question. I have a vague recollection of Dvorkovich saying, during his election campaign, something to the effect that next month's AGON-organise...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 2691

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

This thread appears to have lost its way already. Statistics are interesting but this discussion needs to be about strategy and ideas for chess development and how the ECF can provide some muscle to get behind it. Doesn't strategy start with assessing where you are, including in relation to your pe...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Organisational admission to ECF Council
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Organisational admission to ECF Council

Paul, organisations are admitted, depending on their type, either by the Board or by Council. See Articles 3-7 of the Articles of Association for more information. There's an annual membership fee which is currently £60 but no fee is payable if the organisation organises events with graded games and...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6753

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Chessdom have some powerful hardware analysing the Carlsen-Ding game: Stockfish with 128 cores and Leela Chess Zero.
by Angus French
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 2691

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Those backwards, third-world, countries... maybe we can learn something from them. And look at the player counts. We're dwarfed by each of Germany, France and Spain. And Iran has five times as many active players as we do and nine times as many female players. Some stats on participation (male/femal...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

One thing I was confused about at the meeting: somehow the agenda item for the increased budget for the current year (item 12) - and presumably the two years which follow (though the agenda item doesn't say that) - and the agenda item for increased membership fees for future years (item 13) were dis...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2522
Views: 277048

Re: Media comments on chess

"Even loyal ministers are deeply worried - "She is like a chess player who only has the king left - all she can do is move one square at a time until she is check-mated." BBC News website, analysing Theresa May's Brexit situation. And from The Observer today: Another Tory MP likened her problem to ...
by Angus French
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:33 am
benedgell wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:34 pm
Adrian Elwin 147, Tim Wall 135, not this candidate 5.
It scarcely matters, but I noted down 146 - 134 - 5.
I had the same figures as David.
by Angus French
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Adrian Elwin 147, Tim Wall 135, not this candidate 5. Close then. Any impressions as to why the meeting or proxies preferred Adrian? A few thoughts: - I liked both candidates and would have been pleased to have either as Home Director. - I liked what Tim said about developing chess at the grassroot...
by Angus French
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:21 pm
Am I right in thinking that Tim Wall is still likely to be appointed development officer?
I hope Tim is appointed as Development Officer/Manager. For his ideas on that position see here, a paper which, for some reason, was added to Council Papers very late.
by Angus French
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

It's disappointing that membership income is now being used to fund the international teams; we should send the strongest possible team and meet the fees of professional players but it's very hard to justify that as a reason for financing the ECF (I have to defend the ECF in a part of the country s...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3896

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

But what I don't yet get a feel of is specific measures which have a decent chance of increasing the total number of women playing competitive chess. What I'm especially keen to see is initiatives which operate at the grassroots level - perhaps, for example, something akin to what Amanda Ross and t...