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by Alan Walton
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Levon Aronian statement

His words are shallow in my view; it’s all about the dollars
by Alan Walton
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Agree, with the other factors; just worried that USA are trying to buy international success and it may devalue the Olympiad which is one of FIDE flagship events
by Alan Walton
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Levon Aronian statement

I not bothered either way who he plays for; but most sports are quite strict on international representation, so why not in chess Olympiad’s as well; if this was football he could never play for the USA or anybody else but Armenia I would say the majority of his earnings is as an individual which is...
by Alan Walton
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Agree with Nick

If you want to allow movement between countries then it should be like the old cricket rule; if you have played internationally for another country (Olympiad etc.) then you have to wait 4 years before you can represent you new country
by Alan Walton
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5287

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Personally speaking from a person who runs a team (especially a predominantly amateur team); I suspect it will be difficult reorganizing the same squad from 12 months ago for the continuation of the old season, and would probably need a good few months notice for a start date There is a great opport...
by Alan Walton
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!
Replies: 19
Views: 1813

Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

I have never visited the 3Cs establishment, but understand it meets some of the criteria. The 3Cs venue is a church hall, but we have our own dedicated room within it (containing a library of chess books and a couple of computers); then there is the main hall where the young/beginner coaching occur...
by Alan Walton
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Any old internet chess games?
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Any old internet chess games?

Don’t think I have them saved; but definitely would have played before that

I remember being able to play on ICC at university by installing the package off the network, this was around 1998-2000

Prior to that I had also been playing on FICS
by Alan Walton
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185321

Re: Cheating in chess

Let me repeat my prediction that if and when somebody credibly threatens to take a site to law, the site will give way before the case reaches a court and we will be no further forward. You are most probably correct; but if the rules of participation allow for these actions to occur, then there wil...
by Alan Walton
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185321

Re: Cheating in chess

Perhaps only an actual Court case will progress the matter but unless a substantial amount of money is involved I can't see that happening any time soon so these cases will rumble on and on I guess. Let me repeat my prediction that if and when somebody credibly threatens to take a site to law, the ...
by Alan Walton
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 16
Views: 959

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:34 pm
I cannot believe David is 30!

Does he really play for Cheddleton? I thought he might have been poached, if I may risk a word which has caused offence on these pages before...
He now plays for Guildford, well he did this season
by Alan Walton
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3631

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Another one is Matthew Webb but stopped playing past few years I think. He went from 94 in 2000 to 178 in 2010 and 192 in January 2014 but then 247 in 2018 Year of birth 1986. so first played graded chess at age of 13 or14 but didn't get really good until well into his mid to late twenties and earl...
by Alan Walton
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3631

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

I think you are younger than Mark? so if you were an established player and Mark was board 50 then that suggests he was a late starter, so it may well be that it was 11. At the 1993 U18 Team National Rapidplay Champs; Mark played Board 2 for Surrey (board one may have been Blair Connell) I thought ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6279

Re: What's GM short doing?!

The point is Israel does exist in the eyes of the IOC and thus FIDE I suspect pressure is being applied by the IOC to stop the current situation, and want to follow the Judo line and suspend Iranian federation But I also agree with what Jonathan said, and is unlikely to change the Iranian government...
by Alan Walton
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: U.S. Elections 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 937

Re: U.S. Elections 2020

I've been idly following Phil's prospects here for some while. District 1 is a rock-solid REP seat. Yet the local polling has, these past several weeks, been calling it far, far closer than 65-34; never 'too close to call' though. The incumbent, Gaetz, is a rancid piece of work. But clearly, the vo...