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by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 32
Views: 1168

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

There's a minority of juniors who behave poorly although, if they belong to a decent junior club, they're soon told to snap out of it. But it has always been so - you can tell who were the offending juniors X years ago by the way a minority of adults, now aged around X+10, behave today.
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2483
Views: 270841

Re: Media comments on chess

"Even loyal ministers are deeply worried - "She is like a chess player who only has the king left - all she can do is move one square at a time until she is check-mated." BBC News website, analysing Theresa May's Brexit situation.
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 27
Views: 1293

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

It's certainly a useful paper in, if nothing more, serving as a comprehensive reference point for things one should be doing but isn't. Thanks to Tim Wall for taking the trouble to compile it. Trouble at local level is that implementation of every idea would require a decent-sized organising team, w...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

"At the moment, we are working on fulfilling promises given before the elections" - A Dvorkovich, at above-mentioned Press conference.

Well, call me cynical if you like but it's good to know those promises weren't immediately forgotten following a successful election.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

It's not the first time an ECF Board has made a FIDE call not widely supported. The decision to act as a front for Kasparov in attempting to waste Kirsan's/FIDE's money on legal fees being one. With respect, it's the Board's task to exercise its collective judgment rather than follow the herd. In a...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

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. Quite so. Faced with what many of us would agree was a difficult decision between three imperfect opt...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Maybe Short père should acquaint himself with the record of the government in which Dvorkovich served when it comes to corruption . It can probably be assumed that we're all aware of the less savoury aspects of the Putin regime and, for anyone living in Wiltshire, corruption won't be the only issue...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

To link "Fallout from FIDE Elections" to the suitability of the ECF president seems to me something of a stretch. It's in the nature of things that some people are never happy with the status quo, no matter what that might be, but I think the quality of the present ECF Board compares favourably with...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Rety (1930-2010)
Replies: 28
Views: 6140

Re: John Rety (1930-2010)

I've only recently come across this thread but I knew John reasonably well in the 1980's (although I don't recall our ever discussing politics, which perhaps was just as well) and would echo what many others have already said about him - a thoroughly nice man and a memorable eccentric. RIP.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Free Chess Books
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Free Chess Books

Copyright law varies from country to country but, in the United States, copyright typically expires 95 years after publication which I suspect explains the significance of the year 1923.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ecf Silver member letter
Replies: 72
Views: 2424

Re: Ecf Silver member letter

Thanks, Michael and John, and your comprehensive communication has been posted in its entirety on the Watford club website. It deserves wider currency and maybe other clubs with suitable websites could do the same?
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

I would have thought Tim's comment was entirely within the spirit not just of this particular campaign but of past campaigns and FIDE politics generally. Take it as an hommage. That is a quite disgraceful comment from Tim Wall. He deserves both barrels - though I wonder if he's drunk them before po...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 186
Views: 7432

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

That is a quite disgraceful comment from Tim Wall. He deserves both barrels - though I wonder if he's drunk them before posting. Whatever the merits or otherwise of the various parties in the election, we surely do not need this level of comment. Would Tim Wall welcome a few comments on his relatio...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 54
Views: 3037

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Actually, this is Ray extolling (for the most part) the virtues of someone else which, it has to be said, isn't the commonest of occurrences.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 28120

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

Wonder if all the organisations that were supporting Nigel were aware of his intentions? I think they would have had to be naïve not to view this as, at least, a possibility. It seems to me (and, I'm sure, to others) obvious that Nigel realised he couldn't win and so, perfectly sensibly, has done h...