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by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Venues
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: Venues

Imho, there are two separate situations. The first is where the landlord/owner of the premises has money problems with the result that the venue is taken over above his head, the utilities are cut off, or something similar happens. There's very little a chess club, or anyone else in that position, c...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11442

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

It's Malcolm Pein's birthday today and the Russian Chess Federation has made him the Person of the Day . Their POTD biogs are remarkably unpolitical. Take this extract, a few days ago, about Lubomir Kavalek: "In 1968, the young champion was sent to the prestigious Rubinstein Memorial in Poland, whe...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

Plenty of interesting quotes too The next fight might be over the Iranian lad who was sanctioned for agreeing to play an Israeli in Gibraltar. His older sister was also sanctioned for refusing to follow dress codes. He's now ENG on the FIDE rating list and top or second in the age related list. I u...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Watford charity walk to aid Alzheimer's Society
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Watford charity walk to aid Alzheimer's Society

Watford Chess Club members will walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society on Saturday, 15 September. It's 9 kms through the town's Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods starting at 11 am, meeting between 10.30 and 11 in the field between the Gade Avenue entrance to the park and the children's pool. Ple...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:14 pm
Might be best to keep the discussion general now that this specific case has been decided. Or even stop the discussion as it still has the potential to get quite political!
Prescient.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

On the positive side, the CBI is today urging that numerical immigration targets be scrapped and preference given to those who can positively contribute to the economy - see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45136390 - although the Home Office response (surprise, surprise) was that it had no plans...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

It seems that Shreyas is gaining definite momentum, judged by the burgeoning number of supportive Twitter posts. A Times editorial and a New York Times story today as well. I guess there might be a critical point in such cases where the bureaucracy starts to get worried and considers an exit strate...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11442

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

Yes, there's likely to be little correlation between the popular choice - whoever that may be - and who most appeals to FIDE delegates. Given that fact, it's handy to know who cast those votes, where I'm inclined to agree with RdeC. As to Brian's point, I would have thought that any 'arithmetical ir...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11442

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

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:56 pm
chess-news.ru has conducted a similar poll.
Sorry, I've forgotten what little Russian I once knew. From what group of people was that vote taken?
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

There's a certain amount of chat here, including mine, without the benefit of hard information. I'd think the key question is whether Shreyas's father has access to someone with sound up-to-date knowledge of immigration law who can assess the situation on the basis of the facts and take a considered...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

I'm advised that they have probably not been here long enough to make that application but that in any case it would probably still require exceptional circumstances. As far as I'm aware, ILR criteria are - To qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain you must satisfy the following criteria: You must ...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

I've stressed before that I'm not a lawyer but I now wonder whether I'm blind through missing an elephant in the room. Granted, Shreyas's father may find it impossible to renew his visa due to the income shortfall but - if the family have 5 years unbroken residence in the UK - has an ILR (indefinite...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

Actually, t'ain't the case as I have recently discovered. Birth in the UK to non citizens does not automatically confer citizenship. It might give sympathetic treatment on application for citizenship at aged 18. My wife is involved in a very similar situation with a Pakistani family facing deportat...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

JT - While I may disagree with you, I think you have stated your case with admirable clarity and, if I may say so, courtesy.
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5236

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

Not a logical extension at all. The earnings test is not the only one because value can be measured in many ways. Having a prodigious chess player in the family just doesn't in my view mean that you should stay. There are other reasons based on human decency perhaps, but going back to my point abpu...