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by NickFaulks
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1907

Re: FIDE account closed

Nick, I swear you were the person who told me about 'Kalmykian' oil, actually being re-branded Iraqi oil during the time of US sanctions, so if anyone knew he had form in this regard, it surely would have been you. (Unless I'm mistaken, then apologies in advance) You're right, that was the story at...
by NickFaulks
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:19 am
1. She can be contacted via her twitter address, no? I managed.
You're right, of course, and the thought did occur to me. I just don't do that.
by NickFaulks
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website

I can find no contact details for the woman who got paid licence fee money to write this. According to her twitter page she is sports-loving and left wing. 'Nuff said.
by NickFaulks
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

The top game is following Feller - Donchenko from exactly one year ago. Black won that, so I hope Neil Berry has some improvement prepared. ...now there seems to be a move transmission problem. Service resumed, and if I were Black I would think I had a big advantage. Unlike me, I expect Donchenko w...
by NickFaulks
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

The top game is following Feller - Donchenko from exactly one year ago. Black won that, so I hope Neil Berry has some improvement prepared.

...now there seems to be a move transmission problem.
by NickFaulks
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1907

Re: FIDE account closed

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:38 pm
You think he might have noticed potential problems in 2013.
I don't think it was possible to foresee that Kirsan would find himself on the US Treasury's sanctions list. They are answerable to nobody and are not required to reveal any supporting evidence for such action.
by NickFaulks
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1367

Re: Post Brexit Openings

I don't play the Berlin Defence, but that is for aesthetic reasons. If I did, and if the UK were ever to leave the EU, I would not feel bound to give it up.

In an equivalent position, I don't suppose that Indian players felt in 1947 that they had to stop using the London System.
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

Try: https://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?view=article&id=204 Not the original discussion document but the opening paragraph gives the reasoning. Later paragraphs give how it should be carried out. Thanks, but I had found that. I got as far as "It can be shown that, in title tournaments, this c...
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

I've taken the time to trawl through minutes & annexes, as well as SPP's own website, and have found nothing. Can anyone help? No one with anything else to do, surely Well, people have been complaining about the pairing system and there are claims that its use can be traced back to a FIDE document,...
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:54 pm
even though SPP produced numbers saying this system was fine.
I don't believe I ever saw this document. What were their stated objectives?
I've taken the time to trawl through minutes & annexes, as well as SPP's own website, and have found nothing. Can anyone help?
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1907

Re: FIDE account closed

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:05 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:22 am
On a matter of detail, if a President steps aside the vacancy is not filled until the next scheduled election.
Paris Congress 1995?
The Statutes have gone through some changes since then.
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:54 pm
even though SPP produced numbers saying this system was fine.
I don't believe I ever saw this document. What were their stated objectives?
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 40
Views: 2184

Re: Northumbria Masters

For the record, I'm not saying that this Baku Acceleration is necessarily a bad system. I just can't imagine why anyone would think it appropriate for a nine round event with 51 players and a median rating of 2255.
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1907

Re: FIDE account closed

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:40 am
The stories on his personal website have him visiting places and acting as if he's FIDE President with full powers.
I'm sure he would be delighted to know that his holiday blog has at least one avid reader.
by NickFaulks
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1907

Re: FIDE account closed

All federations have been sent an email confirming that they should continue to use the FIDE bank account in the normal way until further notice. It seems that the language used in the notice on the website was unnecessarily alarmist.