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by J T Melsom
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 220
Views: 8309

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

More likely I think that Kevin recalls the 'Spanner' trial or similar where the consensual pain inflicted went some way beyond spanking, so the courts got involved in the matter even though it happened in private. It's a long way from any of the other chess topics covered on this thread, unless ther...
by J T Melsom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 52
Views: 1842

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Oh I think most of us are being charitable but there are some children who clearly aren't ready for adult chess, and I'm not sure that those teaching them chess aren't teaching them bad habits, or correcting them when observed. The repeated draw offers and the offering of a draw with a hand stretche...
by J T Melsom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 52
Views: 1842

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

The habit that almost invariably amuses rather than annoys me is the way the time spent thinking gets longer as the position deteriorates. There seems to be a failure to appreciate that thinking from the start of the game might be a better idea.
by J T Melsom
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 1435

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

No idea other than it was fair comment.
by J T Melsom
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 1435

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

It is perfectly possible for issues to be raised with the incoming director via the facility on the ECF website. There is no need for people to berate the outgoing director just because he occasionally helps the forum tick over.
by J T Melsom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3095

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Justin, no it was Alex's resounding but not unanimous appointment as Junior Director. I think we have established that the votes against were motivated by disputes arising from his previous post not a comment on his competence for the new one.
by J T Melsom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3095

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I can't sensibly delete my post but I'll withdraw the criticism of David Sedgwick in this specific regard.
by J T Melsom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3095

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Thanks. I read an earlier post as saying that somebody had definitely done so. If I'm wrong I'll apologise to the individual concerned for any slight. But there is a wider point so I won't delete the whole post.
by J T Melsom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3095

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I can only find the Gambian Chief Arbiter listed in the voting register as representing Hastings. I struggle to think of a reason why that body should have any genuine objection to a new Junior Director, or has Alex upset someone else. Personality clashes aside, congresses voting on non congress iss...
by J T Melsom
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

Nick, you are aware that posts are supposed to be read in context and with allowance for exaggeration, emphasis for effect etc? I'm clearly not alone in finding the intervention a bit crass but I don't expect everybody to see the posts as a problem because nobody ever does and many just won't care.
by J T Melsom
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

You choose less than 24 hours before the election of a new Home Director to post for public debate, your wish-list for his potential successors. It could have been done earlier. To do so at this time and without any post acknowledging Alex's achievements lacks a certain generosity of spirit towards ...
by J T Melsom
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

David Don't you feel that your decision to inform this place of your private correspondence with the candidates on matters of import to yourself but relatively few others was a touch unnecessary and discourteous? Hardly surprising that you got a gentle rebuke from Alex. If you don't like it stop pla...
by J T Melsom
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

I think you're giving David's list of questions undue credit as to the nobility of their intentions on determining which candidate has a better grasp of the Directorship. Several of them are just a list of changes I made that David didn't like, and he wants to know how many of them the new Director...
by J T Melsom
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

There used to be a management tool that identified high, low, medium priority tasks, and also whether they were small, medium or large in terms of time required to achieve them. It was helpful to some people. I seriously couldn't form a view on the relative importance of David's list though its a go...
by J T Melsom
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3626

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

David, you are of course right to raise any issues you wish with prospective candidates, but very few of these strike me as strategic nor indeed I suspect readily understood by the majority of members of council. Are these really priorities for an incoming Home Director given that I can't recall too...