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by NickFaulks
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1322

Re: One Hundred years celebration

is likely to have the chance to play for his county in a prestige event. Is there really much prestige in the Counties Championship? If you have a weak team, it's just likely to be one match in the national stages where you are out graded. It's not the 4NCL where anyone with contacts, ambition and ...
by NickFaulks
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

So these are two unconnected instances of irony? That wasn't how I read the comment.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1639

Re: GRENKE Classic

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:44 pm
Some indications for cats and humans in the chess.com report :wink:
I think you would have to be smarter than the average cat to work out all of those lines.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1639

Re: GRENKE Classic

David Robertson wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:42 am
56 Qe2?? My cat could have done better than that.
What would your cat have played instead, and why?
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:02 am
In a small bit of irony, both rounds 2 and 3 (when the forfeit occurred) of the Grenke Open couldn’t be broadcast live due to regional regulations related to Good Friday religious observance.
I'm not sure why this is ironic.
by NickFaulks
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1322

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Would the Counties Championship become more attractive IF for the long haul matches (I assume is it the long distance matches that are proving unpopular) 1. A "tie" consisted of two back-to-back matches over a weekend with colours reversed for the second match 2. All players had the option of stayi...
by NickFaulks
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

Oh dear, he danced on the pavement. Nowadays the police do that.
by NickFaulks
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2791

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:33 am
The Olimpbase page gives a link, but presently at least it leads nowhere.
It worked for me.
by NickFaulks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 17
Views: 1806

Re: Another new IM

It is encouraging that English title aspirants seem to get their three norms first, leaving the 2400 rating as the final piece of the jigsaw. This suggests that, one way or another, they are finding enough norm opportunities.
by NickFaulks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2791

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Big match today, anyway. The over 65s haven't got an easy ride either.

Best of luck to all.
by NickFaulks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2791

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Simon Brown wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:02 am
I left work yesterday wondering why John and Chris were playing so poorly. I'm still not sure which game is which.
Even more, why Chris played 1.e4 and John played the Grunfeld. That was the point at which I stopped believing anything.
by NickFaulks
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3178

Re: April Council meeting 2019

The key point I keep returning to is that there is a perception among grassroots chess players that the money they are required to pay to the ECF is a tax to fund the activities of Grandmasters. That is the inescapable conclusion if you read the accounts. We can discuss whether there is a trickle d...
by NickFaulks
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3178

Re: April Council meeting 2019

But it does say "requested" rather than "required". Several federations confirmed that the specific dress code was optional. In the wake of the Kovalyov affair, they just didn't want players looking like derelicts. This does not mean that it will not become compulsory. The views of the new administ...
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3178

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:27 pm
Like you I considered the jackets an insult to the membership until a) I discovered that competing teams were obliged to have bespoke jackets
They were not.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Simon Brown wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:17 pm
So much for the conspiracy theory!
Indeed, and you can't say that either of them really went for it. I hoped they would try to make it a game.