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by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2449

Re: General Election 2019

I wonder if Jonathan Rowson (who takes a keen interest in political matters) might stand for election one day? Fishing for a definition of unelectable? A bit harsh. Here in the North of England there are still many places where, were he to staple a red rosette to his forehead, he would have a 10,00...
by Brian Towers
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?
Replies: 0
Views: 280

Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?

This document on the FIDE website recently caught my eye. It is an invitation to tender for a clock contract. 1. Invitation to Bid (ITB) FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the following purposes: 1.1 to grant a right for certain models of chess clocks to be designated as a “FIDE Championship C...
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12188

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

So much easier when you have a picture of the player, sat on the bog, tape still hanging off his rolled up trouser leg, busy fingering his phone.
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

It's a very silly suggestion. Saying "Would you like a draw" is not the only way to offer a draw. Repeating the position 3 times, or twice giving the opponent to play the third repetition, is also a draw offer. Is anybody seriously suggesting you should be "fined" 10 minutes for that?
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 116
Views: 11029

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Well, the decision to appoint a Development Officer was certainly within the Board's remit but what is being argued - if I understand Tim correctly - is that all candidates were not treated equally. In support of this, he evidences Carl's document. The Governance Committee has seemingly looked at t...
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 127
Views: 9497

Re: End of an era

One of the ECB's regular statistics is that all sports participation in England is declining except for one sport. Basketball. It's played extensively in schools. When was the last time basketball was on free-to-air TV in the UK? Probably the 1980's when the wonderful Sally Jones (former world cham...
by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12188

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Speaking as someone who doesn't play online, this whole thing confuses me. I think we're all aware of someone [no need to identify him but he's not unfamiliar to members of this forum] whose FIDE ratings - standard, rapid and blitz - are all around the 2250 mark yet advertises himself as having a 3...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 729

World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

First round today. No England team. Only money for the pros? No, teams also from Germany or Switzerland due to safety concerns. Iran has already withdrawn due to concerns about playing Israel. Speaking of which, they have had a remarkably swift 4-0 victory over Iraq. No moves actually played. Will ...
by Brian Towers
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 37
Views: 2793

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

There are a lot of names in yellow on the list considering the 4NCL said "Players registered as ENG, or not registered, must be ECF Gold or Platinum members (including juniors) at the time the registration list is submitted. This rule will be strictly enforced." Out of curiosity how do team captain...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 26
Views: 2473

Re: FIDE Website

If you want to search for a player by name or FIN then use this url. If you find who you are looking for then click on the name in the list in the usual way and you will get the old fashioned profile page.
by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 3267

Re: Development Officer appointment

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Generally I am very pleased that the ECF have managed to get funding from the chess trust for a Development Officer
I think there is your answer.
He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Oh no! It looks like I've caught the aphorism bug from Carl!
by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 32
Views: 1648

Don't Understand Grading Calculation

Last season we had a foreign student join our club with a FIDE rating that equated to about 115. Playing quick games against him we decided that he was probably a bit stronger than that and placed him in our teams based on our estimates. At the end of the season his results were 8 wins against oppon...
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6004

Re: Council Papers are out

The Board's Report to the AGM says: Appointed a new Development Officer to work with the Board to grow chess at all levels across the country... Does anyone know anything about this, such as who has been appointed and when the appointment was made? There was talk a year or so ago of Tim Wall gettin...
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 7809

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

Michael Farthing wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:42 am
It's one reason I don't like ny DoB being paraded about - I might get associated with them.
Presumably you keep a very ugly picture in your attic to foil attempts at guessing.