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by John Swain
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 166
Views: 11067

Re: Membership Renewal

The latest membership ECF membership figures, as of 19 September, may be seen at:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-cont ... s-2020.pdf
by John Swain
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 24
Views: 1451

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

........... For NEDs, the candidates CV probably more important than their agenda, Natasha Regan and Stephen Greep seem excellent to me. ............ Natasha Regan is the sole candidate for the NED vacancy. Dr Stephen Greep is one of two candidates for the Governance Committee, which has no fixed s...
by John Swain
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 20
Views: 1142

Re: History of Chess Clubs

As advertised in the ECF Newsletter, ECF webmaster Andrew Walker has started a section on the history of chess at club, league and county levels:

https://www.ecfresource.co.uk/chess-histories/
by John Swain
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 24
Views: 1451

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

The candidates have been announced:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/agm-ann ... andidates/
by John Swain
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

The Armenian Chess Federation has written to FIDE (the document is on Facebook): Letter of RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports to FIDE President. I want to be assured that FIDE will provide explanation to the participants of this tournament and chess community at large on this inci...
by John Swain
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett has some scathing comments in his blog about Dvorkovich's ruling:

http://www.spraggettonchess.com/chess-c ... FoZXIlzEN0
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

You would think they would have recruited a few "reserve" members of the "disputes committee" in advance. Agreed. It makes you wonder what FIDE would have done if a dispute in the Semi-Final between Russia and USA had gone to appeal, leaving just IA Sava Stoisavljevic (Serbia) in splendid isolation...
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

FIDE has posted in haste: https://www.fide.com/news/721 I say in haste due to the lack of proof-reading: "Inida and Russia win gold medals" * It sounds as though the two remaining members of the Appeals Committee (President Dvorkovich recusing himself) were split about what to do and so Dvorkovich ...
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

FIDE has posted in haste: https://www.fide.com/news/721 I say in haste due to the lack of proof-reading: "Inida and Russia win gold medals" * It sounds as though the two remaining members of the Appeals Committee (President Dvorkovich recusing himself) were split about what to do and so Dvorkovich m...
by John Swain
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute

I've experienced several disconnections playing online chess and see them as an occupational hazard of the activity. It's why I only play Bullet and Blitz for fun and not slow Rapidplay or Standard play, especially in a team event where connection problems let others down. i used to play a lot on ch...
by John Swain
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129056

Re: Cheating in chess

The UK Chess Challenge Terra Final is on Lichess on the 5th and 6th September, with a couple of thousand pounds in prize money on the table. I can’t think of an online event with such high prize money. I think the event just relies on Lichess for anti-cheating measures. It could be interesting if t...
by John Swain
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129056

Re: Cheating in chess

...... Perhaps FIDE will give everyone a good steer and a bit more confidence after they conduct their survey. I'm not holding my breath. Armed with the results of a survey or not, I expect FIDE will pass the buck back to national bodies and ask them to sort out their own online and OTB cheating is...
by John Swain
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129056

Re: Cheating in chess

A least two from England, two from Wales (I think), multiple bans from the Netherlands, and one blatant case from Belgium I heard about. I’m not sure about Ireland. I think Scotland ran a pretty clean team. At a guess the England players might be facing a 5 event online ban, but I’m not sure if 4NC...
by John Swain
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Simon Rogers wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:34 pm
What Division are New Zealand in?
The New Zealand team is in Division 3. See:

https://olymp-results.fide.com/team
by John Swain
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Robert Richmond
Replies: 4
Views: 1676

Re: Robert Richmond

The Nottinghamshire Chess Association website gives some reflections about Robert Richmond, who very sadly passed away aged 63 on 9 January 2020:

http://nottschess.org/2019_20/obituary.php