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by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 85
Views: 2747

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Mike Gunn wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:44 pm
Angus, there is a reason for this. The agenda had to go out one day before the board was due to meet and agree detailed proposals.
Perhaps the Board might have seen that one coming?

edit - I see this is not an original thought!
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

I hope this will open. Before anyone panics, it is from the USCF!
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3462

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:53 pm
Another game that could be well worth keeping an eye on is Ding Liren v Svidler. Ding Liren is now unbeaten in 89 games.
While Svidler has of course lost his last two.
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 29
Views: 680

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Nick's version is almost the reverse of what happened, or so I've been told. The wording was devised to allow non-zero default times without alerting the less aware that it was no longer an automatic zero default. I think you are looking at the cumulative effect of two sets of changes. The first, t...
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2470
Views: 270017

Re: Media comments on chess

And Boris Johnson in the Telegraph: Like some chess player triumphantly forking our king and our queen A much more meaningful analogy than most in this series. He could have added that she has just noticed what has happened, even though it has been obvious to any half serious chess player that the ...
by NickFaulks
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 29
Views: 680

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:21 am
Even FIDE have dropped zero time defaults.
That is only partially true. In practice zero time defaults have of course disappeared, but Rules Commission did manage to slip "If the default time is not specified, then it is zero" into the version of the Laws applicable from 1.7.2017.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 85
Views: 2747

Re: ECF AGM 2018

It started as a small joke, got out of hand. Over now, time for bed.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

The paper contains the following statement - "The Northern Counties Chess Union AGM has just passed a rule change that allows clubs to play their matches in the NCCU Club Championship online, and the first trial match is set to take place this summer." Has that trial match taken place, and what did...
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3462

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:29 am
You'll be even more gutted to learn that I fly home today and my contribution on the playing front is complete.
That is a great shame. I had no doubt that you were playing yourself into form.
by NickFaulks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 85
Views: 2747

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Nigel's doctor is probably glad he missed Malcolm's account of the FIDE election. I did try to set the record straight, but I wonder whether anyone who has not been immersed in the inner workings of FIDE for the past six months and who was not in Batumi can really grasp the depth of multi-layered c...
by NickFaulks
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3462

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

benedgell wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:05 am
Khalifman- Speelman is the one that stands out for me for round 2.
Could easily fizzle.
by NickFaulks
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3533

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

To do so at this time and without any post acknowledging Alex's achievements lacks a certain generosity of spirit towards the outgoing officer. So now it is unacceptable to comment on the election for the new Home Director without prefacing this with a standardised paean of praise for their predece...
by NickFaulks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)
Replies: 13
Views: 716

Re: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:26 pm
As for a "Development Manager", I'm not convinced that basing a bonus on targets which are achieved by other people is a great idea.
Nor do I, but presumably that's what the person who is going to get the job wants.
by NickFaulks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3462

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Loz seems to have had a narrow escape.
by NickFaulks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 181
Views: 6909

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Any idea on what this agreement might be?
In my case, none whatsoever.