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by Angus French
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

I played that year and remember travelling on a small propeller-propelled plane from Southampton which swayed violently when coming in to land. Angus, you're no doubt thinking of a Britten Norman Islander or Trislander operated by Aurigny. In terms of numbers produced, the most successful British c...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 52
Views: 1438

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

I wonder how much DGT2010s and 3000s cost to manufacturer. I suspect it's a fraction of what they currently sell for.

An interesting design/coding project would be to create a clock based on a Raspberry Pi Zero or some such. Maybe an inexpensive kit could be developed...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

30 years ago the tournament was shaken by the arrival of the great storm the night before Round 1, before the storm headed north to England. Wind speeds were higher than on the mainland, but the island was soon up and running. I played that year and remember travelling on a small propeller-propelle...
by Angus French
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1871

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Such a straightforward meeting would have been unthinkable two years ago. Why would that be? And is it a good thing? Apply thought before answering Possibly relevant to David's question. Possibly not. I made it that there were 34 attendees of the meeting including, I think, two non-voting officers....
by Angus French
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1871

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Pleased to say the proposals for voting reform got the majorities they needed to pass. On shows of hands: 27 for, 1 against and 2 abstentions to change the Articles; and then 28 for, 0 against and 1 abstention to change the bye law. (I know the totals differ but those were the figures.)
by Angus French
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2017 AGM - Message to Bronze members
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: 2017 AGM - Message to Bronze members

From the world of men. Sometimes I am wrong. But not often. Happy Days. Let’s block the strategy that aims to increase chess activity and encourage diversity; that plans for long-term financial security; states “our biggest asset is our membership”; and identifies the need to actively promote chess...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2017 AGM - Message to Bronze members
Replies: 4
Views: 401

2017 AGM - Message to Bronze members

Please see here for the message to Bronze members which I have just now asked the ECF Office to distribute. I am sorry that the message is sent at very short notice. I would be grateful for feedback from Bronze members - and from anyone else.
by Angus French
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4168

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

Peter Hornsby wrote:The next set of ECF elections are in (ironically!) 2020

Umm...
by Angus French
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4168

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

Andrew Zigmond wrote:I perhaps shouldn't say this but I have heard a rumour that Peter has been offered positions within the ECF and has rejected every single one of them.

I thought Peter would be more suited to an executive position and said so to Mike Truran at last year's AGM. I wonder what's happened here...
by Angus French
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess architecture
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Chess architecture

by Angus French
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 27616

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Player A has White in the first game by lottery. Then B has White, then Black. Then it returns to A who has one of each colour. And so it continues, until somebody wins a game. This must be advantageous to the player who first has the white pieces. How about WBBWWBB.... as a fairer colour sequence?
by Angus French
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 20
Views: 1259

Re: AGM Agenda and papers published

Angus French wrote:I believe there was a second nominee for the position of Bronze Members' Direct Representative and have sent an email to the ECF Office to query this.

I'm pleased to say Gareth Ellis now shows as a nominee - and he will be appointed automatically.
by Angus French
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 20
Views: 1259

Re: AGM Agenda and papers published

While the increase in direct membership votes should be welcomed, I stand by my view that they should be cast in a way that represents the consensus of the direct membership category involved and that this process should be transparent. Without this transparency the argument for the current status ...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 20
Views: 1259

Re: AGM Agenda and papers published

I believe there was a second nominee for the position of Bronze Members' Direct Representative and have sent an email to the ECF Office to query this.

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