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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed May 23, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

and that we should have a much better knowledge of who does what and why in FIDE than we do, and a much better knowledge of the leading players in that organisation than we do. Is there anything specific that you would like to know? Not immediately but I will say I often find your posts on the subj...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue May 22, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I suspect what many people really want is for the system where someone over-stays their time in the role (due to the election system) to be reformed. Who would want the winner of this election to still be in power 23 years later? Of course, the first FIDE President (who most people will have to look...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 18, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1592

Re: A level maths question

Is no-one going to post the answers? And discuss whether there is a correlation between chess ability and mathematics ability?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 18, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1592

Re: A level maths question

Heh. Judith and Magnus. The question setter clearly has more than a passing familiarity with chess (though maybe the question was recycled from the time before the ECF came into existence and the BCF ceased to function as it used to, with the names updated or something?).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 11, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I'm not inclined to place even a preliminary vote until the tickets are announced. It will then be a minimum requirement of mine that all names must be of people who actually exist. I'm picky like that. People who actually exist. And presumably are not called Glen Stark. I presume that is who Nick ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 11, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

This rather reminds me of the occasion when a certain English GM stood against then FIDE president Florencio Campomanes (although, strictly speaking, it was the GM's running mate who sought the presidency) with warm support from the BCF and much of the English chess community, although enthusiasm f...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I'm wondering who has voted for Kirsan. Not that we will probably ever know. I also wonder what a survey of other forums and federations would indicate (with the usual caveats about sample size and sampling biases)?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu May 10, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Re: the leader in The Times : No mention of Makropoulos and mostly about Ilyumzhinov - not much actually about Short. Is this in the print edition as well? I'm sure it will be in the print edition. No surprise the items are light on detail. Most readers will only support a general interest in the g...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu May 10, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Re: the leader in The Times: No mention of Makropoulos and mostly about Ilyumzhinov - not much actually about Short.

Is this in the print edition as well?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed May 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: ULU Chess Club late 1980's
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: ULU Chess Club late 1980's

Might the University of London keep records of this sort of thing? Unlikely, but might be worth asking.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universit ... ndon_Union
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed May 09, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: ULU Chess Club late 1980's
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: ULU Chess Club late 1980's

Probably won't help, but does ULU stand for University of London Union?

Apparently "London, ULU" was the venue for the Varsity Matches in the 1960s:

http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/varsitychess.html
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue May 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Ivan Bukavshin
Replies: 4
Views: 1158

Re: GM Ivan Bukavshin

Not sure if any English-language chess news sources have picked up on this, but the report into the death of Ivan Bukavshin was reported on in the Russian chess press (back in August 2016) and apparently it wasn't a stroke: http://chess-news.ru/node/21958 A translation appears to indicate that the v...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue May 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 188
Views: 9133

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Might depend on the penalty for not choosing You would prefer a continuation of the Kirsan presidency then? If the Macko- and Nigel tickets end up splitting the anti-Kirsan vote... Indeed. And to pick up on Roger's comments about Nigel playing chess, it is not just playing in the Olympiad that migh...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 18
Views: 1921

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

And now we have Leela Chess Zero:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/leela-che ... for-the-pc

(AlphaZero for ordinary computers - you can install it on your own computer!)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Women's chess (1938 and 1993)
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Women's chess (1938 and 1993)

A couple of chess history queries that I hope some here can help with: 1) Bob Kane posted a link to this elsewhere, it deserves to be reposted here: http://whitenoise.city/articles/queen-to-w4-women-chess-and-west-london/ 'Queen to W4: Women, Chess and West London' The video clip of Elaine Saunders ...