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by Matthew Turner
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: GH Hardy

Those games are probably Otto Hardy 1927 - 2010
by Matthew Turner
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1179

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

Here is a list of the top 50 companies in the US by market cap http://www.iweblists.com/us/commerce/MarketCapitalization.html Coca-Cola sits 22nd with a market cap of 219bn With companies of this size, they will be involved in so many different areas there will always be something about their busine...
by Matthew Turner
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4602

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I spotted - horror - one GM out of the near fifty that might have registered. Surely they can do better than this? Lack of money presumably, GMs like to be kept in some sort of style, rather than have to rely on the prize money alone. If you are a professional player then 'kept in style' might well...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1179

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

This is tremendous news for FIDE. In the order of ethicalness, coke must rank very highly - it isn't gambling, drinking or drugs; There are loads of sports who would love to get coke on board. I would assume that coke would only want to partner with organisation/events that it saw as highly ethical ...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309070

Re: Media comments on chess

Obviously someone who knows a bit about Chess in the production team
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b008jf2y
by Matthew Turner
Sun May 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 4011

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

It looks to me like an event where everyone, the players included, are having a lot of fun. It is great for Scottish Chess, but if it shows the players in a more human (less robotic) light, then I think it is a very good thing more generally.
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 20, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10666

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Hmmm? Didn't I play in a GM norm tournament you organised in Stoke on Trent?
Birmingham - luxury
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 03, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Coaches and junior organisers group
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Coaches and junior organisers group

5 junior magazine There used to be one. It's archived on this forum. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewforum.php?f=26 It was cancelled to save money when the ECF lost its government funding of around £ 50,000 a year back in 2010. If you are interested in establishing a junior magazine, I suggest a cre...
by Matthew Turner
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309070

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/newsbeat- ... -crowdfund

Not all crowdfunding stories have a happy ending, lets hope this stays as one.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2854

Re: The ECF Academy tender

John Upham wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:49 am
I predict that the "winner" of the tender will be UK Chess Challenge persons.

Who would like to bet against me ?

The timescale is laughable for anyone who was not pre-warned about the content of the tender.
Yes, how much do you want?
by Matthew Turner
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2854

Re: The ECF Academy tender

I viewed it too. It seems incredibly cumbersome and to be honest I cannot see anyone bidding for it. On the one hand I guess Alex and the ECF should be applauded for making the process transparent, but it just seems a very strange way to go about it to me.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Just taken a look at the entry form and I noticed this

"All players will need ECF silver, gold, or platinum membership. Any entrants without silver
membership will be rejected."

That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44091

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

In terms of opening, I think your guess is as good as mine. For what it is worth I'd guess that when Caruana has White we'll see more of the same. With Carlsen as White he'll want to get a level position and just play a game so maybe some pretty insipid stuff starting with d4.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44091

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The betting odds suggested that Carlsen had a 2 in 3 chance of winning at the start. Having reached this stage that now appears to have improved to a 3 in 4 chance. That seems wrong to me. I think it was 50/50 at the start and still is. Would Carlsen have been able to neutralise b4 in the Rossolimo ...