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by Matthew Turner
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I always enjoy Richard's interventions. You know they are going to make sense.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I assumed they were talking about Phil Ehr, but I have to admit I was struggling to care. :roll:
by Matthew Turner
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: And I thought chess took a long time!
Replies: 0
Views: 289

And I thought chess took a long time!

Non-chess players are always surprised that you would have junior competitions with seven hour games and just a single game a day. Then we have the random excursions to show off the delights of Batumi, Elista or some delightful little war zone. However, I think I have found an event that easily ecli...
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 25, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

To return to the question of the thread, in normal circumstances surely the answer would be quite easy.
Vote for Nigel in Round 1 and then Makro in Round 2 if it gets that far. That sends a signal that you want to see a more transparent organisation, but your vote counts.
by Matthew Turner
Tue May 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Kirsan has encouraged chess in smaller, non-traditional chess playing countries for his own political ambitions. However, that is a perfectly noble aim in itself. Nigel has played in a huge number of countries and generally taken the game to a worldwide audience. I am sure that he has his own selfis...
by Matthew Turner
Thu May 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Re: the leader in The Times : No mention of Makropoulos and mostly about Ilyumzhinov - not much actually about Short. Is this in the print edition as well? I'm sure it will be in the print edition. No surprise the items are light on detail. Most readers will only support a general interest in the g...
by Matthew Turner
Tue May 08, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 21619

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I think the slate is more important than just the individual running for president. Who would these candidates have as treasurer for instance? It will be hard for us to know all the individuals involved and I guess if Malcolm is part of a slate, it would be very difficult for me to look beyond this.
by Matthew Turner
Tue May 01, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 74
Views: 5258

Re: FIDE internal fighting

Ivan Savvidi's Group of Companies (Greece).

Quite a colourful sponsor lined up for future FIDE events. :roll: :lol:
by Matthew Turner
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Schools Chess Championships 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: World Schools Chess Championships 2018

Just had a look at chess reults and it is interesting where the players come from. I think England and Ireland are the only two countries in 'Western' Europe to have representatives.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 18
Views: 2202

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Alan Turing created a ‘computer’, Turochamp; The fact that it could play chess at a reasonable level was both surprising and revolutionary. That has basically formed the basis of all computing ever since. Alpha Go and Alpha Zero have a new approach which is undoubtedly much more successful at winnin...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry congress
Replies: 14
Views: 1341

Re: Coventry congress

Strange tournament with quite a few uncharacteristic mistakes from the top players. Of no doubt though, the player who played the best won. Well done to Alan.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1562

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

Whilst not being an insider on the machinations of FIDE it seems pretty clear to me what is going on here. Kirsan wanted to fundamentally change chess, so that the aim was to capture/take off the opponent's king. You may agree with that or you may not, but it is perfectly logical and it would certai...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The main difference between the Reti and the English?
Replies: 6
Views: 677

Re: The main difference between the Reti and the English?

Well the English is 1. C4 and the Reti is 1. Nf3 d5. 2. C4. If in the English Black intended to play d5 (after say e6 or c6) and White intended to play Nf3 then the two lines would lead to the same thing. The Reti simply takes out some possibilities for both sides.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30711

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

OK, well that was a bit random :shock:
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30711

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Move 15 and I don't think things are going well for So at all.