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by IanCalvert
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18122

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:35 pm
David Robertson wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:20 pm
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And if, as Spraggett alludes, there were to be a stitch-up between the Russians and Makro - putting the band back together again - where would that leave Malcolm Pein and his ambitions for 2022? Answers in a single word, frankly
Toast ?
RED??
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18122

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

The excellent "New in Chess" , 2018 4, gives Nigel Short two pages on "Why am I running for FIDE President" which concludes with " federations can choose either 1) Kirsan-the man who has brought FIDE to the brink of oblivion 2} Makro-the Kirsan continuity candidate 3)me". Am I alone in thinking the ...
by IanCalvert
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 66
Views: 2523

Re: Iran v Israel Chess

FIDE have a regulation that, if two countries are at war with each other, yet are playing in the same event, then they are allowed to refuse to be paired together. Thus presumably, during the Falklands crisis, Argentine and UK teams did not have to play against each other. The problem regarding Isr...
by IanCalvert
Thu May 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 303
Views: 18122

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I think ,after tickets are announced, the ECF Board should at least consult its members possibly through the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum representatives.
by IanCalvert
Tue May 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2017-18
Replies: 21
Views: 1998

Re: Division Two 2017-18

Does anyone believe that there is a non-zero probability that White Rose 2 will choose to play in Division 3 SOUTH rather than Division 3 North?
by IanCalvert
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 5167

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I think chess is naturally described as a mind sport. The importance for public funding of "displaying physical skills" is I believe that historically physical skills were seen as healthy. This suggests , as a novel/desperate argument, that English chess advocates might argue that chess results in h...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1070

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

... when computer aided (database and engine) preparation for specific opponents is quickly possible? The effect of that is that pre-game preparation now extends down to players about ECF 150, if not lower. Those who spend time on preparation see their results improve and their grades go up. Those ...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1070

Team Board Orders & Grades

Do all leagues have team Board order rules related to grades? Doubtless there is often (always?) scope for subjective adjustment by team captains for under-rated juniors and others.What are the extreme examples of such adjustment rules? My question is do others think this practice of broadly grade d...
by IanCalvert
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 13045

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Justin

Do you have any estimate of the start time for the 2018 Decider?{ Now just seen advice on Chess24}
by IanCalvert
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 13045

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Anish after his draw seemed, in a post game interview , amazingly modest. Is he playing like Smyslov in 1982??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th
Replies: 18
Views: 2798

Re: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th

I guess Gary has never read "How to cheat at Chess", what other English chess books might be appropriate??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to test one's chess level?
Replies: 4
Views: 801

Re: How to test one's chess level?

Arguably a stochastic view of chess level,would include a separation of quality of position after the opening on say a 7 point scale (+- to -+) and style of player on a four point , Boston matrix like scale . as described by Lars Bo Hansen in his Gambit books on strategy with an incorporation of an ...
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 43973

Re: Cheating in chess

Nick

Public apologies for any inadvertent confusion caused by my paragraph "Maybe ...dynamic duo": I blame the technology .
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 43973

Re: Cheating in chess

FIDE's anti cheating efforts need two targets. A point I made repeatedly when I was on the original Anti-Cheating Committee. Unfortunately, computer cheating was the hot topic about which FIDE felt they needed to look as if they were doing something, and there was no enthusiasm for anything else. T...
by IanCalvert
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

Paul McKeown wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:59 am
A good friend and colleague of mine, a Romanian, was on the receiving end of this, two days ago

iMHO

Victims should be reassured by the majority AND perpetrators, whatever their networks, sanctioned publicly.