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by Patrick McGovern
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Reply to Roger!
Replies: 45
Views: 4665

Re: Reply to Roger!

I actually enjoyed Colm's "rant". Far from being a rant it was a well thought out, reasoned and balanced argument. The responses he drew from Roger were the opposite of that. This disappointed me as I have observed Roger debating vigorously and accurately on other topics. 1-0 to Colm
by Patrick McGovern
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Games played in Scotland
Replies: 25
Views: 2388

Re: Games played in Scotland

...when we were treated fairly (re grading conversion) I think that's the second time you've alluded to something like this. For the uninitiated (i.e. me) can you tell what it means? there was a conversion from scottish to english grades that worked for years Sean, it got changed several years ago ...
by Patrick McGovern
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Games played in Scotland
Replies: 25
Views: 2388

Re: Games played in Scotland

as a "sweaty sock" i can shed light on this topic, we get results in England graded only if we submit them,, if we dont they dont get graded. there is no cost. of course that is if we are members of Chess Scotland. as for wallets and crowbars , when we were treated fairly (re grading conversion) we ...
by Patrick McGovern
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BLACKPOOL - HE'S BACK!
Replies: 43
Views: 3787

Re: BLACKPOOL - HE'S BACK!

Nice to see big numbers for what is an excellent tournament. However there has been a drop off in numbers from Scotland since the (re)grading of the Scots a few years ago. A pity really as we really enjoyed the weekend despite not a lot of success.
by Patrick McGovern
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 96981

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

"Presumably the offer of Russian scholarships was unconditional and in no way connected to Nigeria being expected to commit to vote for the Kirsan ticket at the Presidential election."

every offer is conditional, to "presume" otherwise is naive, if it were not it would have been made years ago.
by Patrick McGovern
Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Linares 1995 (1996)
Replies: 3
Views: 1505

Re: Linares 1995 (1996)

No Linares super tournament took place in 1996, because Rentero (The grocery stores’ tycoon Luis Rentero Suárez and tournament sponsor) had been involved in the world championship match between Zsuzsa Polgar and Xie Jun. I suspect he did not play in 95 due to his (Kasparov's) embarrassment at his...
by Patrick McGovern
Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 96981

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

"War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle." :(
by Patrick McGovern
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Black skull and cross-bones
Replies: 12
Views: 2624

Re: Black skull and cross-bones

the logo for the non members could be a Patron Saint. e.g St Antony of Padua (patron of the poor) :)
or St Leonard of Noblac (Patron against robbery) :lol:
by Patrick McGovern
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The bragging thread
Replies: 95
Views: 11366

Re: The bragging thread

i drew with a GM in a simul, is this bragging? and do i get a norm for this? :lol:
by Patrick McGovern
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Up date on Peter A Williams
Replies: 30
Views: 6158

Re: Up date on Peter A Williams

perhaps Mr Williams (or for that matter Master Williams) could put Greg Breed on to the log burner? Perhaps the acrid smell of sour grapes would be too much.
:lol: :D
by Patrick McGovern
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English language
Replies: 24
Views: 3074

Re: The English language

YOU CANT
How did they know? :D
by Patrick McGovern
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?
Replies: 34
Views: 4664

Re: How many chess players does it take to change a light bu

Justin - Ray Keene plagiarised the obituary of the lightbulb, and CJ and Nigel were probably involved as well. Questions should be asked.


whatever can he mean? :shock: :roll:
by Patrick McGovern
Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dirty Pieces
Replies: 9
Views: 1526

Re: Dirty Pieces

Warren Kingston wrote:Or get a muppet to play your moves.....................




https://vimeo.com/41107079

I think i've cut out the middleman :( :oops:
by Patrick McGovern
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bullying at chess
Replies: 69
Views: 7056

Re: Bullying at chess

although this string has moved away from the original query many good points have been made. But please watch out for the serious bullying that does go on. Challenge the perp and inform the arbiter/controller. Cheers.
by Patrick McGovern
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing "weakened" sides in leagues?
Replies: 21
Views: 2099

Re: Playing "weakened" sides in leagues?

We dont have that problem of weakened teams playing against us. In fact the opposite is true, every one of our opposing teams play their strongest in order to stuff us. The price to pay for being popular :lol:
It's not a conspiracy when you know they are out to get ya! :evil: