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by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 71
Views: 4574

Re: London chess classic

I left open the other possibility, that Short might have declined. Why? Well, the tweets flying around at the moment seem to suggest that there is a bit more to it than personal differences of opinion as to who should be the next FIDE President! Though no doubt they will make up again, in the fulln...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 71
Views: 4574

Re: London chess classic

Two places, eh? Either they have been listening to the crowds about Rowson, or Short and Malcolm have unaccountably fallen out over something or other. Why should Short and Pein's personal differences over FIDE elections have any bearing on whether or not the former might be invited to play in a ch...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17773

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

Richard Bates wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:37 am
What’s the value of clean stables if you’ve sold the farm?
Because you might still want to ride the horses?
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 109
Views: 9641

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Assuming that the match is going ahead in London, and I don't see any reason to doubt that it will, which round would people suggest for a single visit? Mike Gunn has already confessed to booking round 3, and says rounds 1 and 2 are not available, which is fine because the first couple of games were...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership discounts
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: ECF membership discounts

I think Roger is being pedantic, possibly parsimonious, but you can always rely on Andrew Z to rise to the bait, in defence of the beleaguered ECF.

I suspect that most of the rest of us are not terribly concerned either way.

Very entertaining, this forum. 😅
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21260

Re: British Championship 2018

Given that Adams played all of the leading players, giving him 2 additional games would have resulted in his 11-round field being weaker, on average, than his 9-round field, so from his perspective this probably was the strongest he has played in. The same must also be true of the other leading play...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21260

Re: British Championship 2018

Does anyone know what caused the change to the board two pairing in the last round of the British over 65 Seniors? On Board one Kevin Bowmer 5/6 was paired against Geoff James 5/6. On Board two Oliver Jackson 4.5/6 was due to play Tom Bimpson 4.5/6. When I arrived at the venue Bimpson was shown as ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 109
Views: 9641

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

I, like many chess enthusiasts, would love to book tickets for the Match in London, especially as the venue looks great. However i wonder if it is wise to part with cash before we see what happens at the Sinquefield Cup? Just in case the match is suddenly 'transferred' across the pond From the list...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21260

Re: British Championship

Well, I predicted Adams before the tournament began, and on 2/2 he is still well placed. Of the leading players, McShane has dropped a point, and any of them could come unstuck in their individual games against Adams, whereas it is rare to see Adams lose against players outside the world elite. As e...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21260

Re: British Championship

Good luck to all those playing.
Am I right in thinking that this is the first new style British with the tail largely chopped off?
By way of a prediction I will stick my neck out and say that I think Adams will win, but it could be close over 9 rounds.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

I don't think it matters much but I do choose the settings on my smartphone programs that omit the characters. Is that during the game? For my part, I don't mind whether the board has the labels or not, but if it does they should be the right way round. I guess its a touch of OCD in many chess play...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 335
Views: 17773

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

It would be nice to think that the Peruvian, and every other chess federation, would consider the merits of the cases made by each of the candidates and then choose which one to vote for. As they say, no votes have been cast yet.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 22394

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

Sorry, what is a D.J.? I doubt it means someone who plays records.
These private discussions are becoming less and less accessible for most of us.
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu May 24, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

Sounds like a good final. Congratulations to my old club, Surbiton - another feather in their cap. That club is a recent success story amidst all the gloom about declining numbers; ten or so years ago I was playing on their higher boards, now I would not make their 1st team.
Great report too, John.
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 19317

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Don't sell the family silver to pay the bills, as Harold Macmillan would have said. On the other hand, if there are bequests that were clearly intended to be spent on chess, then there is no reason for them not to be spent on chess. Absolutely - I assume that funds from restricted donations do not ...