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by Angus French
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:50 pm
Angus French wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:21 pm
If he draws out (and I think he could do better) then one of Caruana, Giri or MVL will need to score three
Giri would need three and a half, I think?
Ah, OK.
by Angus French
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?

Black against Ding in the last round could be awkward and I think Caruana will fight. But I’ve gone for Nepo. I think a point lead with four rounds to go is a decent advantage and I think he'll hold his nerve. If he draws out (and I think he could do better) then one of Caruana, Giri or MVL will nee...
by Angus French
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2017
Views: 119354

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Covid 19 and surfaces. Dominic Lawson in yesterday's Sunday Times strongly dismisses the idea that the virus can easily be transmitted by communal touching of surfaces. Quoting scientific evidence, he says that expensive deep sanitising is unnecessary. Separately I have heard that charity shops no ...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2859

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

Some comments on the two of the motions: Director terms in office 14. I’m not too concerned about Director terms in office – I can see the argument for limiting terms to encourage new people to stand for office. I can also see the argument for wanting to retain someone if they’re perceived to be doi...
by Angus French
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2859

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

Some comments and questions on the ECF’s finances, including the budget for 2021/22, and proposed fee rates... (Papers for the meeting are here: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/about/ecf-council-and-board/. The ECF financial year runs from 1 September to the following 31 August.) Accounts for 2019/2...
by Angus French
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 268
Views: 19020

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Back to the main topic, other countries such as Iran have apparently handled their vaccination programs poorly and their people are allowed to play chess. We have handled ours in brilliant world-beating fashion ( in fact we have now reached the point previously defined as herd immunity ) and we're ...
by Angus French
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2859

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

I will be sending out my Report to the Silver Members tomorrow to the Office asking for views from the silver members Have you looked at the financials at all, John? Also, presumably there are documents still to be published. here is the link and i have seen it https://www.englishchess.org.uk/about...
by Angus French
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 288
Views: 36860

Re: End of an era

I can't say I'm too concerned as anyone newly dealing with Ray would, if they had any sense at all, first do a background check [as one would do with anyone else] which might start with something as simple as googling his name. Among the first entries one comes across is, for example, "Raymond Keen...
by Angus French
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2597
Views: 211643

Re: Cheating in chess

Ah, the lichess categorisations are different. See https://lichess.org/faq#time-controls.
by Angus French
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2859

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

John Reyes wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:25 pm
I will be sending out my Report to the Silver Members tomorrow to the Office asking for views from the silver members
Have you looked at the financials at all, John? Also, presumably there are documents still to be published.
by Angus French
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2597
Views: 211643

Re: Cheating in chess

Here is the link https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/european-national-team-championships-fortune-teller-another-proof-that-it-is-not-possible/ I have quoted John's comments in full. I respect his insights as a member of the fair play commission, a lawyer, an expert player and a friend. That doe...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2597
Views: 211643

Re: Cheating in chess

The chess.com article about the Osmak case has been highlighted on a Bridge Forum and received a rather interesting comment from my teammate John Cox (who is, it may be worth noting, a lawyer). "As a member of FIDE's Fair Play Commission, I would like to correct a slightly misleading impression giv...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 31
Views: 1955

Re: Music from the 80s

Here is an 80s music question. Should be quite easy though. No googling. Where did the 80s group T'Pau get their name from? T'Pau was Spock's mother. How many ears did Spock have? Three - a left ear, a right ear and a final front ear. Ha ha - very good. I hesitate to contribute to this thread but a...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2597
Views: 211643

Re: Cheating in chess

Someone calling himself David Cordover has commented on Chess24. I'll reproduce the comments here, but I would just caution that I have no evidence as to whether this is, or is not, the real David Cordover The comments can be found against the piece here . Given what is attributed to him, I think i...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Events Director OTB chess
Replies: 25
Views: 1587

Re: Events Director OTB chess

...it's probably safe [despite scepticism among some here] to assume that the ECF Board doesn't routinely make random senior appointments for no particular reason. Perhaps it could say what the reason(s) was/were? Yes, the Articles allow the Board to fill board vacancies and create new directorship...