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by IanCalvert
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Nick are you sure about Israel? For me and i guess many other ECF members attempts to expel israel, contrasted with title issues, crosses a redline worthy of ECF abstention in a second ballot. (For the avoidance of doubt i very much hope the Israeli voters change their government sometime very soon.)
by IanCalvert
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Supporting a "slate" that becomes wickeder and wickeder is a bad thing! Does anyone agree? Yes, very much Mick, since Ian won't tell me, perhaps you will. What are you agreeing with? Which campaign do you believe is getting wickeder and wickeder? Both, perhaps? I'm asking because I don't know. Nick...
by IanCalvert
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

I was thinking of a scenario in which nigel was eliminated in the first round.

Maybe the ECF should then try(!) to extract a "price" for voting for Malcolm's slate in a second round :such as a review of K=40 for juniors or even a more radical rating review (for juniors)??
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Do they actually need to decide? Yes, they certainly do. Abstaining from the main event, either by actually doing so or by voting for Short in the second round, is one of three options. Nick,maybe I disagree. The ECF may have a reputational risk , with among others potential chess sponsors. Support...
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Does anyone have , even a gossip informed view, about who is most likely to win, candidates and inner circles excepted?

I am going to a conference next week and would rather like to rant, in the social corridors, about Putin soft power!
by IanCalvert
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Almost NQEs
Replies: 0
Views: 323

Almost NQEs

Glenn Flear's , "definitive guide to the endgames that really matter" , Everyman 2007 defines a NQE, not quite an ending, as " one player has two pieces and the other has two pieces or less". It is a classic chess reference book and an enjoyable read/browse for sub- 180 players (with a powerful engi...
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21271

Re: British Championship

Martin Benjamin

Great news that Kevin has not lost so far!?
by IanCalvert
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

As someone who sometimes makes notation errors, I grew up with English Descriptive, I think correct lettering is a good thing.
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Kevin

i guess more checks and balances on, possible abuses, of ( Presidential) power as you suggest would be a good thing!
by IanCalvert
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Who is our next Adams?

D'0h!

Sorry Gavin Hughes, I thought Nick started it!?
by IanCalvert
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Who is our next Adams?

I more or less agree, but there are exceptions. It seems Lasker didn't even learn to play until he was 11 years old! ... Speelman and Nunn hit the top 100 at 23/4 and went on to spend time at the highest level. Nick At the risk of being , off your topic, great as Mickey and Jon Speelman are and hav...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

Sorry for the discord surrounding a possible Russian cunning plan : doubtless ours predate the Revolution!
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 341
Views: 18201

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

"It's all a very odd state of affairs. Why does Dvorkovich bother if he's not confident of winning? That is, why would the Russians put so much political capital at risk? Better surely to let Kirsan take the hit if Makropoulos is indeed 'past the post', as his mouthy outriders claim." Maybe this is ...
by IanCalvert
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5515

Re: County Championship Finals

Minor Surrey 9 Lincolnshire 7 I'm home and my individual trophy already has pride of place in the display cabinet. Perhaps people with loads of these things get blasé about them, but I'm thrilled with mine. Thanks to Surrey, the ECF and everyone involved. Congratulations Nick! Surrey isn't really a...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2410
Views: 265707

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC commentary on Sweden v Switzerland before game (not verbatim)

It will be like a chess game... Is that your way of saying it will be drab? (Gary L) ... Yes