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by Roger Lancaster
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 24
Views: 1130

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hang on, surely the money has been put forward by a private sponsor at a privately organised event. The sponsor can spend the money on whatever they like. Which is not to say I disagree with what you are saying but this is not public money. Quite so. And the amounts are peanuts compared to other sp...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 2348

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Mention has been made, in relation to Eric Schiller's passing, of the "De mortuis nil nisi bonum" tag so maybe it's not totally inappropriate to recall what Eric himself wrote on the death of former FIDE president Florencio Campomanes in 2010: "An evil man who is not going to be missed. Thoroughly c...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 282178

Re: Media comments on chess

And it has the merit of a wide audience Really? I had never heard of this site, and a quick view suggests that it is nothing more than a collecting point for opinionated garbage produced by a clique who have nothing better to do than to demonstrate to each other that their views are far more import...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 282178

Re: Media comments on chess

Adam Ashton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:36 am
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:37 am
Also note the Shakespeare misquotation
Nit-picking aside, quite a decent article.
And it has the merit of a wide audience, in contrast to relatively obscure chess blog sites - even this one!
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 695

Re: Celebrity identification

Kay has apparently been playing since childhood - and, when working for local paper in Wigan, seemingly was a frequent interviewer of Nigel Short! All this may be true, but just out of, ah, good journalistic practice, do we have any source for that claim other than Burley saying so herself this mon...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 695

Re: Celebrity identification

Kay Burley, shurely she isn't into chess?? Has always seemed the type who might ask (a la the Spice Girls movie) "how does the horsey bit move??" :lol: LOL, that's a trifle sexist! Kay has apparently been playing since childhood - and, when working for local paper in Wigan, seemingly was a frequent...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1952

Re: Knights facing forwards.

Anyone able to do a brief potted history of Chequers Chess? Yes, but the problem is that the project was in many ways controversial and anyone writing a "history" would inevitably be giving their subjective version of it. Of course, that's true of any historical account but much more true in some c...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1952

Re: Knights facing forwards.

This is a good book https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1536164129.png but the diagrams... https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1536149070.png I cannot get use to those Knights. LOL, written in competition with another written by a team headed by one of this forum's favouri...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 59392

Re: Cheating in chess

While I deplore cheating as much as anyone else, I think it should be taken into account that the offender here was - in legal terms - a child. It's a fundamental basis of our legal system (and that of most civilised countries) that child offenders are treated differently to adults.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: ECF Grading Database

My post was intended to highlight the different responses of organisations to the same legislation and not to criticise either of them. If an organisation wants to remove age and gender information from public view but still make it available to registered organisers of events it could be done thro...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Can someone put me in touch with Ian Leko
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Can someone put me in touch with Ian Leko

Paul - Fortunately Ian Emerik Leko has a distinctive second name which meant he could easily be traced on LinkedIn. For the past year or so, it seems that he has been working for Coca Cola in Croatia. Hope that is some small, although possibly only very small, assistance.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: ECF Grading Database

FIDE who are also subject to (European) GDPR continues to publish the birth year of all players, with the exception of the few players who registered before FIDE started to collect that information. Will the ECF withhold the names of participants in age restricted competitions (such as the British ...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: ECF Grading Database

It's a nonsense but, knowing the innate caution of lawyers, if the ECF lawyers had realised what Nick realises then they would have banned even more.
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: ECF Grading Database

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:16 pm
Annoying, isn't it? GDPR, apparently. I lost that battle to the lawyers.
Suspected as much! And a quick thank you to the trio who have contributed information here!
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

ECF Grading Database

The publicly available version of the grading database no longer shows juniors' ages. It has been pointed out to me that this creates an added difficulty for, for example, the managers of county junior teams who have consequently lost a reference point for juniors' ages - and, consequently, their el...