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by JustinHorton
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

We await more information. ... which we now have. https://www.englishchess.org.uk/fide-elections/ Without prejudice to anything else in the statement, if we were trying to demonstrate the truth of this thesis an adjunct of Russian foreign policy, as it had been under Kirsan Ilyumzhinov how specific...
by JustinHorton
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Has Isai Scheinberg settled his differences with the US legal and tax authorities yet?
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Paul Cooksey wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:47 pm
but I am interested in the IOC view on the ethics of his campaign.
Using chess as a diplomatic tool goes back to the Soviet Union arguably even to Capablanca who had a post to promote Cuba.
However nobody had actually signed up to anything saying specifically that this should not happen.
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Funny the name Andrew Paulson should come up. A few years ago Paulson tried to tell us some stuff about Danailov that was really quite important and which nevertheless attracted very little attention within English chess, partly because Paulson had gone from being Mr Saviour Of English Chess to Mr P...
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

In my view, yes, because "we need to do better than this" is a view worth expressing where people can hear it, and given that there are Englishmen on both of these two tawdry sides, who better to say it than us? That's a legitimate view, but I doubt that it will impress anyone. I would be surprised...
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Unfortunately, one of them is going to be the next FIDE President, so is it best for the ECF to recuse itself from the process? In my view, yes, because "we need to do better than this" is a view worth expressing where people can hear it, and given that there are Englishmen on both of these two taw...
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:30 am
#yourowntweetssayitall August4 August5 #whatsthedealNigel ?"
That's this tweet and this one
by JustinHorton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

IanCalvert wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:40 am
I was thinking of a scenario in which nigel was eliminated in the first round.

Maybe the ECF should then try(!) to extract a "price" for voting for Malcolm's slate in a second round :such as a review of K=40 for juniors or even a more radical rating review (for juniors)??
It's go big or go home
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

I am by no means ignoring Makro’s flaws, and his record in FIDE is there for everyone to see. But without the Kremlin pulling the strings, and the influence of people such as Malcolm Malcolm's in alliance with the people he's allied with, not in opposition to them. Really could we drop this pretenc...
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Any national federation that is thinking of supporting the Dvorkovich-Short alliance in the FIDE election should read this article, and be very scared. I don't recall Malcolm's new friends in the FIDE establishment condemning this action back in 2010. So what? It's not exactly "Clean Hands for FIDE...
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Whenever a piece about chess politics uncriticially repeats what Kasparov says, it's a big red flag. Of course it doesn't mean that what it says about Kasparov's antagonists is necessarly wrong, far from it, but it almost always does mean that it's based on insufficient knowledge of its subject, and...
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

"He is dumbfounded I'm told" Aren't we all? The first thing is, to be dumbfounded, we'd have to think (for some reason) that this elections, and electios like it, were really about principles, good governance and the like. Rather than what they are, which is struggles for control in which the candi...
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

We can read the text from the link, Tim, you don't need to post it as well.
by JustinHorton
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 347
Views: 18565

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

Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:15 pm
Malcolm followed this up by commenting on one of Justin's blogs regarding Kasparov's silence:

"He is dumbfounded I'm told"
Him and his sidekick too, apparently. I'm not convinced.