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by Simon Brown
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Most pieces on the h-file
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: Most pieces on the h-file

For two reasons - fill up the h-file and Worst Move on the Board.
by Simon Brown
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11375

Re: World Teams 2019

More likely lack of awareness. Nothing on the ECF website and until Leonard's post yesterday I had no idea of the dates. Watching now though.
by Simon Brown
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 1903

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

John Upham wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:59 am
Anne at a Lloyds Bank event (?)

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Next to Nicole Tagnon who I think played at Lloyds Bank in the late 1970s
by Simon Brown
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3243

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Havas is French and is one of the biggest PR and advertising agencies in the world.
by Simon Brown
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14836

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger, in the earliest versions of the Clarke system, players could LOSE gradng points even though they won the game. Hence the 40 point cutoff, again which like junior additions was a 1960s development. No, that was a later development, mid-seventies I'd say. It was 50 points when I started playin...
by Simon Brown
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 2228

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

Nick Grey wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:13 am
Thanks I expect the budget is the budget with help elsewhere. And you get there as quickly as possible. The future European budget ought to have Brexit considerations.
Quite a call to expect the ECF to budget for Brexit when the rest of the country hasn't got a clue.
by Simon Brown
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2763
Views: 295636

Re: Media comments on chess

Times Jumbo yesterday, 36 ac; “Game: Nazis against Communist (5)
by Simon Brown
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 61505

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi Andrew I'll look forward to some additional stanzas in 2028. I saw Bob after my YMCA days as he used to captain Kent, at least for a little while. He was very odd. He changed his name to Lee-Anderson as Roger notes, about the same time as he married (I think) someone who had neither of those name...
by Simon Brown
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 61505

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Thanks Andrew. Brings back a few memories, and I like the additions... So many years ago but still seems like yesterday!
by Simon Brown
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nick Grant
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Nick Grant

Nick Grant, Chairman of Duncan Lawrie when they supported the English chess teams, has died. I have good memories of him from my days as BCF International Director. Obituary from the Times below. "Nicholas Grant’s friendship with Ted Hughes made him the money man of choice for authors and artists, e...
by Simon Brown
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 42398

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

True. If he bet that Black's king would be on c3 by move 26 he'd have cleaned up as well.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 20269

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Best guideline on all this - if it feels dodgy, it probably is.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 20269

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Not to bribe people. In my world it's to thank and recognise loyal support and to recognise the value of the business given by the customer by giving something back. It is also, patently, to win friends and influence people as Jonathan says, and there are reasons why there are rules in the civil se...
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 20269

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Not to bribe people. In my world it's to thank and recognise loyal support and to recognise the value of the business given by the customer by giving something back.

UK law is pretty strict about bribery, though I doubt the standards are quite so rigorously applied in Batumi.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 36219

Re: Batumi Olympiad

As I write we have 59 pages on the chess and 39 pages on the politics. I don't draw any conclusions from that....