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by J T Melsom
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 606
Views: 70675

Re: Cheating in chess

This idea of leaving things to the tournament organisers has the potential to be problematic. Presumably the ban is deemed to be served, then imposing further restrictions might be open to challenge. Better in my view for the governing body to lay down the punishment and the treatment after that pun...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Martin

as Angus French says Palliser v Arkell is indeed covered up-thread on page 14. But as you may not have time to read everything, the answer to your specific question is yes Keith Arkell was unwell.
by J T Melsom
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 17
Views: 1295

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

John Cornforth had a brief spell playing for Wycombe Wanderers - I didn't realise he was an FRS.
by J T Melsom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2019 World Open Philadelphia
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: 2019 World Open Philadelphia

There was some discussion of noise during the earlier rounds of the tennis. It was combined with a conversation about movement which is more obviously a distraction. I think it was suggested that in tennis 'hearing the ball hit the racquet' was useful information for the receiving player. Of course ...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

John

Thank you for asking, but I won't be taking up your offer to play this particular game. I'm sure if you want to find a more ethical company than Coca Cola you can do so yourself. My observations were more that ethics seemed to play little or no part in attitudes to the deal.
by J T Melsom
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

I've not mentioned a boycott on health grounds at all! Nor plastics. Ethics and boycotts are rarely clear cut. But although I don't agree with all boycotts, I must confess to being more than a little surprised that so many people regard sponsorship by Coca Cola as self evidently a good thing, when i...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

I was using a short-hand. The victims of the excesses of global capitalism are rarely white middle aged men in western liberal democracies. Or if my words are being subjected to this level of scrutiny, the consequences of the excesses of global capitalism disproportionately affect other demographics...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

Not really the place for a lengthy debate on capitalism, but I suspect whilst opposition to capitalism may be a minority position, the extent of such opposition would be dependent on the type of capitalism in operation. There are a lot of definitions. Plenty of examples of authoritarian regimes runn...
by J T Melsom
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5148

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Is 960 chess? I was giving a personal emotional view - how it is legally treated by FIDE hardly seems relevant. I'm not stopping others playing 960, just saying that I wouldn't regard top level players doing so more extensively as something that would grow my interest.
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

Will Nakamura be prevented from drinking Red Bull if he participates in a Coca Cola event? I've seen tennis players required to turn drink bottles round and/or remove labelling at some events.
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

There is a recommendation to boycott - Ethical Consumer website puts it bottom of cola products available in the UK. And there are the issues raised by Mark Thomas. I'm not sure the idea that 'there is no high profile campaign - we can probably get away with it' is exactly ethical. Every week or so,...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2491

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

I have read the thread and the various digressions thank you. Your digression gave annual membership (which you misleadingly refer to as 'compulsory') as a fundamental stumbling block to the efforts of the potential appointee to the ECF recruitment post. I disagreed with that on the basis of my expe...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2491

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

I am on the committee of a relatively small club, but I've never experienced this resistance to annual membership to which Roger refers. The barriers are more around the perception of what a club can offer beyond match chess and overcoming reluctance to dip one's toe in. The step up can be tricky, b...
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

A white-wash and in most cases barely five minutes spent researching the conduct of the multi-national concerned.
by J T Melsom
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1664

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

Nigel

Just for clarity - are you paid for your services on behalf of FIDE?