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by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 71
Views: 3818

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

The prize for "playing a no doubt perfectly competent opponent off the board in style" perhaps goes to MVL? Great game!
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271426

Re: Media comments on chess

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:19 am
Trent Alexander-Arnold really into it now. Next ECF President?
Also noted today by David Squires in his (brilliant) football cartoons for the Guardian.
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271426

Re: Media comments on chess

And Boris Johnson in the Telegraph: Like some chess player triumphantly forking our king and our queen A much more meaningful analogy than most in this series. He could have added that she has just noticed what has happened, even though it has been obvious to any half serious chess player that the ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3639

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

To do so at this time and without any post acknowledging Alex's achievements lacks a certain generosity of spirit towards the outgoing officer. So now it is unacceptable to comment on the election for the new Home Director without prefacing this with a standardised paean of praise for their predece...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8742

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Yes, the decision was as difficult as that. And that is why the decision to support Makro is not surprising; but the unanimity of the decision, on the other hand, is hard satisfactorily to explain.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8742

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

The ECF Directors had no particular obligation or reason to support Nigel. If they were going to support an English candidate there was already a ticket with English participation. They did however agree to nominate him But not to support him, as has been discussed here previously and as was known ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

FWIW, the finishing positions for England in the Olympiads from 1976 (after the grouping system ended) to the present day are: 1976 3 1978 12 1980 6 1982 10 1984 2 1986 2 1988 2 1990 3 1992 10 1994 4 1996 4 1998 11 2000 7 2002 7 2004 30 2006 19 2008 15 2010 24 2012 17 2014 28 2016 9 2018 5 That's u...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Is the full list of finishers available, and if so, where? I like to see how many of the top 20, top 30, etc, England played. (In Turin 2006, we only played one team which finished in the top 20. Ouch!) [England finished 19th in Turin 2006 - why is that the comparator here?] See here . Our opponent...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Is the full list of finishers available, and if so, where? I like to see how many of the top 20, top 30, etc, England played. (In Turin 2006, we only played one team which finished in the top 20. Ouch!)
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:48 pm
Simon Brown wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Sorry to be slow here, but do we know who has won?
China and China
And that was with leaving Wang Hao and last time board one Wang Yue at home, and omitting goodness knows how many world number ones and former world champions from the womens team :shock:
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I'm expecting a just above par performance from England. John Nunn as captain is a big boost. I think Nick Pert & Mickey will be solid, Gawain and especially David will perform well. Luke unpredictable. 2 strong dark horses are Poland and Iran. My prediction to win - China. I thank you 8) Ok, someo...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30793

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Does Gawain's result affect our tie-break? (Computer thinks he is totally lost now after 55...Kg7.) It will affect the tiebreak in absolute terms, but relative to Poland, with whom we are now tied on 17 points, they will quite deservedly finish above us (Duda has played Karjakin, MVL, Ivanchuk, Sha...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8742

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Oh, I had little doubt about that. Some Russians (admittedly, no fans of the regime back at home) told me that Dvorkovich was known for holding extravagant parties ....
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8742

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

There were two types of chess game being played at Batumi - one was on the board and the other was geo-political. The state-backed candidate indeed ran an impressive campaign. Goody bags for delegates were thoughtfully placed in their hotel rooms and beneath their tables in the election hall. A che...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8742

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:22 pm
Malcolm to his credit has conceded gracefully. "Disappointing election result yesterday but wish FIDE well. I am very proud of ECF President, CEO and Board for unanimously taking moral and ethical stand in the present climate."
That's a graceful concession, is it ....