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by Brian Towers
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 16
Views: 750

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

In this instance, it is his position as Editor of CHESS which has taken a hit. I have been quite taken aback by the nature of his coverage of the FIDE election in his magazine. No room in the magazine has been given, or it would seem even offered, to either of his opponents in order to allow reader...
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 83
Views: 5328

Re: London chess classic

Presumably the rationale is that players in the British Knockout Championship are guaranteed a certain minimum sum anyway.
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 AGM Agenda Published
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: 2018 AGM Agenda Published

But there are no details yet so - hey - maybe membership fees will fall :? I think that unlikely. The candidate for the Women's post and one of the candidates for the Home Director post would like to spend lots of money. And one would like to merge Bronze and Silver membership with a membership fee...
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tony Miles - the Ultimate Humiliation
Replies: 11
Views: 1888

Re: Tony Miles - the Ultimate Humiliation

some are from federations which you could imagine not being particularly professional, but many are from "proper" federations (US and Western European) I shall look into this. Credit where credit is due, all but one of these have been fixed by removing the date year. The one remaining is Brina Jele...
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Nigel tweets : ""In his capacity as a Presidential Candidate" , but apparently using FIDE lawyers, Makro seeks to ban Israel, Kenya, Djibouti and Serbia from FIDE membership. Just when you imagine it is not possible to sink any lower, this awful man achieves it." Unfortunately Malcolm's riposte beg...
by Brian Towers
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:26 pm
Every time a FIDE election comes along, it reminds me of Tom Lehrer's song about Wernher von Braun, in which he says, "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience."
by Brian Towers
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

While financial inducements no doubt have been and are being offered, particularly in one continent that has exposed itself to that sort of thing Only one? So how does Makro lose? I can see two ways. The first is that his iron grip on the Americas fails, in which case he is sunk. So, unless Makro i...
by Brian Towers
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Seems like this is not so much a Presidential election but an episode from Game of Thrones . I must lead a sheltered life as I've missed the sex and violence. Could you expand on this? Honey traps? Golden showers? Or am I getting confused between different kinds of presidential elections? The worst...
by Brian Towers
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 141
Views: 8494

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

When do they start taking entries?
by Brian Towers
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please

A cheque in the post is probably easiest and best, particularly if you feel uncomfortable giving your bank details to a 3rd party. If enough people did this the administrative overhead might spur the ECF to re-institute 3 year membership which would make life easier for everybody.
by Brian Towers
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:45 am
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:22 am
JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:25 am
On the other hand, it's not clear what shut-up-or-do-it-yourself contributes at all.
perhaps the 1% need to be reminded of this from time-to-time to keep a sense of perspective.
But perhaps not repeatedly.
Indeed. Beating a dead horse is a waste of time.
by Brian Towers
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 36
Views: 2364

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Arguably though, players with ECF grades above 175 shouldn't be allowed in the second section of weekend tournaments unless it's expected that the top section will be exceptionally strong and well supported by titled players. What do you base that on? I would expect the answer to be something of th...
by Brian Towers
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 20899

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Is there something more than just weight of numbers for female players? Possibly, but what that may be is most unclear. It is claimed by some that women's brains are wired differently and their brains don't work as well for chess. It is possible but there is no concrete evidence. Like many competit...
by Brian Towers
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Chris Rice wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:54 am
It's Malcolm Pein's birthday today and the Russian Chess Federation has made him the Person of the Day.
But strangely no mention in the article of his role in the presidential elections -
Russian Chess Federation wrote:Today, Pein’s main project is a super-tournament in Britain’s capital.
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 363
Views: 19405

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The Pein-Short spat has taken an interesting philological turn with Pein taking Short to task for his spelling of the Hebrew/Yiddish word "חוצפה" or "חֻצְפָּה". Pein writes "Chutzpah" and Short "hutzpah". For completenes sake I should add that I've also seen it written "chutzpa" by Sabras (native bo...