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by NickFaulks
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 6023

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"I've only seen one incident in British chess so far where any sort of ruling was needed on the subject of trans players - the 4NCL ruled that a trans woman counts as a woman for the purposes of their one-player-of-each-sex rule. I'd be happy to see the ECF taking that ruling as a precedent." Sound...
by NickFaulks
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18009

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Also in Nigel Short's Twitter feed is the announcement that Bessel Kok has joined his campaign as Senior Advisor. In 2006 I was briefly enthused with Bessel Kok's intervention, but unfortunately he fell in with the wrong crowd and his campaign became nothing more than a social jaunt. When it was ov...
by NickFaulks
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd Hersonissos Open June 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: 2nd Hersonissos Open June 2018

David Robertson wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Final round, he faces a presumably underrated junior again
Indeed. This one has played only 126 rated games in the past two years, so the English can safely assume that his FIDE rating is meaningless.
by NickFaulks
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd Hersonissos Open June 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: 2nd Hersonissos Open June 2018

David Robertson wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:02 pm
presumably a grossly-underrated Greek junior
Why would anyone make this absurd "presumption"? The opponent is 18 ( for chess purposes ) and has played 85 rated games in the past two years. There is no reason why his rating should be inaccurate.
by NickFaulks
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 66
Views: 2515

Re: Chess in Iran

I think it would not be compulsory if there is only women in the venue, but then it cannot be broadcast in Iran. Thanks, your comments as an Iranian are more helpful than the speculations of foreigners, but we would still like to know the official answer. There will be men in the venue, because I e...
by NickFaulks
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18009

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Nigel a little under prepared but an interesting chat regardless. Just a little? He spends a lot of time lamenting the damage done by FIDE rating fees in Africa, ignoring the fact that they are already largely exempted from them. If he has been spreading the disinformation that it is expensive for ...
by NickFaulks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 6023

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:24 am
I'm increasingly surprised that the ECF has made what was always going to be a slightly controversial appointment when an open election could have been held in October.
It does make you wonder whether this Board appointment was entirely about women's chess.
by NickFaulks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour Paris
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Grand Chess Tour Paris

David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:05 pm
The early start on Thursday 21st June is to avoid a clash with the France v Peru World Cup game (kick-off 1600 BST).
The external relayers do not seem to have picked this up.
by NickFaulks
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 6023

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:08 am
Meanwhile, in another part of the forest … url]https://www.gofundme.com/womenschessnetwork[/url]
Have any of the England Women's team actually complained about their captain being a man? My guess is that there are only a few qualified female candidates, and those that are available are all playing.
by NickFaulks
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18009

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

It sounds as though Nigel and I may at least be in agreement on Gold membership.
by NickFaulks
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18009

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

My interview with Chessbase https://en.chessbase.com/post/nigel-short-interview#discuss "Short has travelled to around 120 countries in the world and says he has seen the effect of rating fees in discouraging tournament organisers from rating their events, to the detriment of players. He relates a ...
by NickFaulks
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 29
Views: 1946

Re: Dutch defence

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
Its a good defence as long as your opponent isnt too strong
Botvinnik played it against Capablanca, Bronstein and Reshevsky, among others.
by NickFaulks
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2206

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

It’s from C - 1 of the handbook, I assume. However what status this actually has, even as an official recommendation, must be unclear, seeing as it obviously dates from another era. Furthermore, these guidelines apply only to top-level tournaments. Then you go down to "7.1 A top-level tournament is...
by NickFaulks
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18009

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:11 pm
Much easier to use London property?
Precisely. The entire amount you could push through FIDE in a year wouldn't buy one top end Kensington flat.
by NickFaulks
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2206

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Mark Adams wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:23 pm
So, not only have the organisers broken rules regarding start times
I thought this had been dealt with ( perhaps in another thread ). I detest early morning play to the point that I will not take part, but cannot find the rule which it breaches.