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by Brian Towers
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5947

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Hok Yin Stephen Chiu wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:59 am
"that was quite woke of the ECF!" [If you urban dictionary it, you may find some appropriate definitions].
You seem to be living in the past.

"Woke" is so mainstream that even the staid BBC has a definition for you.
by Brian Towers
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 17971

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

Should somebody tell him that there are no rating fees for blitz tournaments? I don't suppose he looks at the tail of FIDE rating list very often, but there don't appear to be 650,000 FIDE rated players. Counting active players with ratings only, it's about a quarter of that. It doubles if you incl...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 17971

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

Nigel Short wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:13 am
My interview with Chessbase https://en.chessbase.com/post/nigel-sho ... ew#discuss
For those of us who sometimes like to listen rather than read, the full interview with Macauley Peterson is available from the Perpetual Chess Podcast here.
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hungary June 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1184

Re: Hungary June 2018

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:46 am
Thanks Loz; Joe won yesterday so needs a draw today; fingers crossed
Since he outrates his opponent by about 350 points I think he just needs to make sure he turns up on time and leaves his mobile phone in the hotel.
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour Leuven
Replies: 31
Views: 1499

Re: Grand Chess Tour Leuven

Chess Mind article though Dennis Monokroussos has a slightly different take on proceedings: "Unfortunately, they're once again using the idiotic time delay rather than increments; I offer apologies for my country to people of good will and good sense everywhere. There's a slight justification for i...
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Probably a record?

I can't imagine many, if any, tournaments worldwide play more than 3 STANDARD-play games in 24 hours. Particularly the sorts of tournaments that titled players frequent (1 or 2 a day maximum?) It would have to be not FIDE rated which makes it understandable that it happened in England in 2010 when ...
by Brian Towers
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

pgn tags added for the benefit of lazy people like me who can't follow all the game in their head Shreyas Royal continued his recent surge and hit another landmark at the weekend when the Woolwich and Kent 9-year-old totalled 3/5 at the strong Tunbridge Wells Open. He clocked up a tournament perform...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 66
Views: 2509

Re: Chess in Iran

Perhaps at the venue, for the optics, there will be no formal requirement for women to cover their heads, which I guess is a small step, but as soon as they go outside it clearly, from the advice given, would be very dangerous for her to ignore the local laws and customs. When you travel to a forei...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 23
Views: 1806

Re: 2018 Batumi Olympiad

Interesting to note the inclusion of Heinz Herzog of Swiss Manager fame.

As the Pairings Arbiters are the same people as appear in the TAP list I would guess TAP stands for something like Team Arbiter Pairing. Presumably Heinz Herzog is a FIDE National Arbiter.
by Brian Towers
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Altibox Norway
Replies: 110
Views: 6656

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:40 am
Carlsen pointed out that the fact that MVL had worked with him on the 2016 WCC had a bearing on this game, which is a reasonable point.
Ah, perhaps that helps explain Caruana's cryptic Mordred tweet.
by Brian Towers
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Altibox Norway
Replies: 110
Views: 6656

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

Karjakin has 3 pawns for the exchange against Nakamura. Unfortunately for Karjakin the 3 pawns are arranged in an Irish pawn centre. Hard to imagine them lasting long.
by Brian Towers
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 17971

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

David Robertson wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:26 pm
The government could not account for approximately $2.4 billion over the period of Jaime’s three-year tenure as central bank governor.
So, financing FIDE shouldn't be a problem if Makro wins.
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 17971

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

Malcolm doesn't hold back in an interview with Peter Doggers. Makro looks a shoo-in to me as picking Malcolm as a running mate is a big step towards respectability. Indeed. Impressive stuff from Malcolm. PD: What do you think of Short's candidacy? MP: We have very similar ideas, and agree on almost...
by Brian Towers
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2206

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

LIST OF ECF PLAYERS FOR WORLD SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP RADEBEUL 7-15 JULY 2018 amended from previous lists name team rating 6.18 Tim Thurstan 50+ 3rd 2035 Jeremy Fras er-Mitchell 50+ 3rd 2020 Chris Majer 50+ 3rd 1830 Ian Cross 50+ 3rd 1709 Paul Lawrence only 6 50+ 3rd 154 D AN ECF grading of ...
by Brian Towers
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 66
Views: 2509

Re: Chess in Iran

At least the Bermuda Party was less "eventful" than in 2006.