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by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 113
Views: 4272

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

On a related note, did Gawain's opponent just accept a draw offer that he really didn't ought to have done? Probably not, if I am reading the clock times correctly and remembering that he is human! But did he have serious losing chances. with four moves ( three, really ) to make to the time control...
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 113
Views: 4272

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

On a related note, did Gawain's opponent just accept a draw offer that he really didn't ought to have done?
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 113
Views: 4272

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Carlsen just seems to have a way to make his opponents play like babies. I hope Kovalev doesn't go back to his room and hang himself.
by NickFaulks
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3403

Re: Council Papers are out

John Reyes wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:03 am
Just to let you know that Me and keith have sent a silver members info out
I would be interested to read that.
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3403

Re: Council Papers are out

David Robertson wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:04 pm
The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy!
Fair point. I shall, if elected, try to suppress my normal uncritical attitude.
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3403

Re: Council Papers are out

I share his concern at the absence of any election address from the candidates. Me too. In my own case, I had for some time considered trying to join the Finance Committee, but it was only at a late stage that I gained the impression that what was really needed at this point was a Chairman, and the...
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5407

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

The table though has been mangled in that some of the spaces have been removed making the table non-trivial to decipher. It's just as mangled when it appears in the rating regulations. The tables are obviously a mess on the new site, which is a complete shambles. I shall continue to use the old sit...
by NickFaulks
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:09 pm
I hope so
You think he might duck the opportunity? I doubt it.
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 37
Views: 2151

Re: End of an era

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:17 pm
or Mike Gatting's technique for making a relatively trivial catch look good for the cameras.
How dare you!? I was watching it live, which I'm pretty sure you weren't, and it was a brilliant catch.
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:47 pm
I don't like bottles of wine as prizes, because it's not much of a prize for someone who doesn't drink alcohol. Presumably people with allergies to dairy products would be similarly unappreciative of chocolate-based prizes.
You could always regift them.
by NickFaulks
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:49 pm
Yu-MVL drawn after White let quite a large advantage slip.
Not sure I can see where that was.
by NickFaulks
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I accept prize money is important and a motivator at the top level but at amateur level I am playing for the entertainment value not the prize. Yes, but what you really want, and are paying for, is the opportunity to play against opponents who have some vague idea of how to play the game. I'm about...
by NickFaulks
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I don't really know how the Grand Prix works, so I may be talking through my hat here, but my long experience in clerical work tells me that when you get errors like this you never really sort them out until you go back and work through the whole thing from the start, or at least from the point, if...
by NickFaulks
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Keith Arkell wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:25 pm
For that to be the case would at the very least require another with the same attitude towards me as the 2018 Paignton chief organiser.
Ah, this sounds like the real story, but I'm not going to ask.
by NickFaulks
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Looks like 27.a4 is Radjabov's big novelty.