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by John Foley
Thu May 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

Although Surrey matches are invariably genteel affairs conducted in salubrious surroundings, glasses brimming with Pimm's, this doesn't mean that our players have lost the competitive urge. Chris Briscoe faces John Nunn's Sicilian Najdorf. Game on!
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by John Foley
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 3603

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

Every team captain should invest in Paper Chess: Create Your Own Chess Set with a Detachable Board and 2 Full Sets of Punch-out Pieces. From our very own John Saunders
by John Foley
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Phil Ehr
Replies: 19
Views: 4522

Re: Phil Ehr

Phil responds to the Florida school shooting

https://twitter.com/philehr/status/964264321382535169
by John Foley
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1973

Re: Post Brexit Openings

The Scandinavian would revert to the Centre Counter.

The French Defence would revert to the Anglo-Norman Keep
by John Foley
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 65
Views: 7136

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

This discussion reminds me of a proposal that I made some years ago on this Forum. The UK Driving Licence hides the DOB by mixing up the numbers in a standard way. We can have a chess-specific encoding method for dates of chess players. We can disguise people's dates of birth so that it is not so ea...
by John Foley
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 5164

Re: Laws of Chess

David Sedgwick demonstrates the role of professional arbiter with a sprightly dynamism.
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London Chess Classic 2012
by John Foley
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 5164

Re: Laws of Chess

Surely the most significant change is 11.3.3. because the arbiters now have the power to order body searches. 11.3.3 The arbiter may require the player to allow his clothes, bags, other items or body to be inspected, in private. Will this delicate task be included in the arbiter training course? Is ...
by John Foley
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 27333

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Does anyone have any idea how the by-election might have gone if the Conservatives had put forward an official candidate? Would that have increased the Lib Dem eventual majority, or might it have confused things still further? The key issue here in Richmond Park was Brexit. The only chance for the ...
by John Foley
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

There will be a presentation on the proposed National Mind Sports Centre on Monday 12th December at the Kensington Olympia Hilton Hotel at 2pm. Amanda Ross will outline the preliminary results of the feasibility study that she has been undertaking on behalf of the British Go Association and the Engl...
by John Foley
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 2665

Re: Chess/Sport

Perhaps you can explain to me how somebody who was above the VAT turnover threshold for many years and yet consciously made the decision not to charge VAT, and who as a result has been the subject of bankruptcy proceedings by HMRC which are as we speak being enforced, has not broken the law. I find...
by John Foley
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 2665

Re: Chess/Sport

Mike Truran wrote:Basman broke the law
Mike, this is a serious allegation. Unless you are prepared to provide some evidence, then I would respectfully advise you to withdraw the statement and apologise. The fact that someone has a tax bill does not mean they have broken the law.
by John Foley
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mammoth Book of Chess Disputes
Replies: 19
Views: 2304

Mammoth Book of Chess Disputes

Given the disputatious nature of the chess world, it would be a pity not to record some of the most significant disputes in a systematic way in book form. Too often, residual bitterness leads to polarised accounts of emotional interludes. The behaviour of chess players, who are generally regarded by...
by John Foley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

Whoops indeed - an errant zero - the figure should have been 2%. Whichever way you look at it, the amounts are large by ECF standards. It is not clear why "discussions" favoured purchasing a property rather than renting one. Renting would demonstrate demand for the facility and enable the propositio...
by John Foley
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: Proposed London Mind Sports Centre

The paper invites Council to express a view on a permanent Mind Sports Centre. A more precise issue for Council is how much would ECF be prepared to pay to cover the cost of the fundraising. If fundraising costs 20% (a typical metric), then the ECF will have to commit to £34,000 in order to raise th...
by John Foley
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian article by Stephen Moss
Replies: 66
Views: 6998

Re: Guardian article by Stephen Moss

The 4NCL brings together the cream of the country’s 10,000 or so competition players, plus a smattering of overseas titled players paid to add a bit of star quality to the teams. Surely this is an endorsement of 4NCL consistent with the approach taken by many other sports and belies the prior refer...