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by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The Kremlin could have replaced him with Karpov, but for unknown reasons decided not to. That is your speculation, which I believe to be totally unfounded. However, Karpov made it quite evident in Khanty-Mantiysk that he had no interest in doing the job and would have handed it straight over to Kas...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5158

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I understand he's at an English (boarding) school which buys a few years grace and presumably could apply to attend a UK university. But what after that? If we're really reduced to worrying about obscure hypothetical problems five or six years down the road, that is surely a good sign. Provided Bor...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Yes it was, but as I said, that is not control in the way that either Malcolm or the piece were talking about. Football and chess are very different cases. The Russians got what they wanted with the 2018 World Cup, which they can justifiably regard as a huge success, and will probably now leave FIF...
by NickFaulks
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Cleans Hands 4 FIDE Papua New Guinea suffered under the Kirsan/Makro/Borg regime because we openly gave our support to Kasparov presidential ticket. I was surprised to read this because I do not remember any such declaration. I am now confident that the reason for this is that it never happened, al...
by NickFaulks
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 9
Views: 582

Re: Youngest ever English GM

Whereas Abdusattorov was rated 2057 One number does not tell the full story. That was the point at which he played his first two GM opponents and beat them both. All of the other names mentioned were thrown in at the deep end around Shreyas' age. There is every reason to be optimistic that he will ...
by NickFaulks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:04 am
or you can visit his Cleans Hands 4 FIDE site.
Thanks, done that. I did not realise it was Stuart's signature which appeared under Magoffin's name.
by NickFaulks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:51 am
with a letter of endorsement of Papua New Guinea signed by Stuart Fancy.
I've never worked out how to find things on Twitter. Where can I see this?
by NickFaulks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

NickFaulks wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:57 pm
There will be worse.
Didn't have long to wait. Makro should be happy to be on the same end of Sutovsky's cheating accusations as Mihaela Sandu and John Cooper.
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:23 pm
I dunno, it may be just a natural reaction to people suggesting he's saying things he hasn't said.
It's an election campaign, get used to it. There will be worse.
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5158

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

While he and his family face a forced return to India, visas are being granted to other South Asian men, some of them rapists under British law, over the objections of young women forced to marry them. True, and a separate outrage, but in itself irrelevant. For so long as the political order suppor...
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2569

Re: Batumi Olympiad

If there's an odd number of entries, they are allowed 3. In practice, when the draw for the first round is made nobody has any idea how many teams will show up at some point, so if the home federation wants three teams they get them. Later on, teams at the bottom end will be given a bye in order th...
by NickFaulks
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 327
Views: 18812

Re: Director of Women's Chess

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:48 am
We already have many outstanding role models among our female players :roll:
No doubt, but it would be nice if more women players were able to name them.
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5158

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Shreyas and his Dad have just been on the Today Programme, Radio 4. He came across very well, though of course you would expect nothing else.
by NickFaulks
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11346

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

This time Bacher Kouatly gets the treatment for daring to quote FIDE statutes in relation to the accusations that Federations in debt are potentially being stripped of their votes for the forthcoming election Actually, for quoting selected chunks in order to give an impression that is the opposite ...
by NickFaulks
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: First Saturday Budapest August
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: First Saturday Budapest August

If it wasn't, then a faked Norm becomes possible by submitting round by round results, not in the order played, but in the order that worked for Norms. Like most forms of cheating, this trick has been seen. One very high profile IM tried it in a tournament he organised himself, but whatever small c...