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by Paul Cooksey
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3111

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I don't consider the jackets to be material.
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3111

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I've asked Malcolm for an updated breakdown which shows the split between the Open and Women's team and the amount spent on player appearance fees. I am also interested in the split between the open and women's team. Angus - can you explain why you think it is important player appearance fees are p...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3111

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I still have not decided what I think about the proposal I would prefer the ECF to fund its growth from donations and exceptional income rather than membership fee increases. I think that is in line with the strategy published. I did give some thought last year what financial resolution I would prop...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43271

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

"After the game Topalov said he feared playing tiebreaks on Friday the 13th as he had lost them v Kramnik in 2006 on Friday the 13th." Which is a nice line, but Topalov was a much bigger underdog in rapid against Anand at that time than Caruana is now. So I would be surprised by a repeat. So far th...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2736

Re: English victories against World Champions

I should have included Adams-Kramnik Wijk 2004 Adams- Kramnik, Sofia 2005 since I agree Kramnik was world champion, even if others would dispute it. I missed Adams-Anand, London 2012 Adams-Anand, Paris 2013 becasue I thought Carlsen won the world title in 2012. doh so up to 10, although I think we h...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2736

Re: English victories against World Champions

If we apply the toughest criteria - a win at classical time control against a reigning world champion I think I have six:
Lasker-Blackburne, Hastings 1895
Lasker-Blackburne, London 1899
Penrose-Tal, Liepzig 1960
Karpov-Miles Skara 1980
Short-Kasparov Brussels 1984
Short-Kasparov London 1993
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43271

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The clearly expressed desires of fans seem to be for a longer match. I don't think that would solve the problem that people have expressed with this match. The fans seem desperate for the tournament to be run in the same way the World Championships were run in the 1970s; which was old-fashioned com...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43271

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

1 or 2 excellent games out of 5 doesn't sound brilliant to me, but each to their own. Actually I meant 1 or 2 including tiebreaks. Depending on the definition of excellent, it is still a better ratio than most events in my opinion. But yes, we have different perspectives. I am hoping for great ches...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43271

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:17 pm
I'm wondering if the Candidates Tournament format should actually be the World Championship format. That seems to generate what we want in terms of excitement.
I enjoy the matches. I'm expecting 1 or 2 more excellent games from this one.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 9
Views: 1583

Re: 300 ECF Grade

if Carlsen (295) - Caruana (290) is ECF graded one of them has an excellent chance to get to 300

Also, I am offering £100 to the charity of choice of anyone who asks Magnus about being number 2 on the ECF grading list in a World Championship press conference :-)
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1785

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

you can tell it is not an ECF event because no-one has objected to it being in London :-)
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1871

Re: world championship schedule

Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:52 pm
bring back 1993 type of coverage please :-)
grrr! we live in a golden age when Grischuk and Girr do live commentary and people are longing for the days when Carol Vorderman interrupted Spess whenever he started to analyse!
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 11942

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Keymar 1-0 Gelfand a remarkable result. I think that will qualify him as a gm just before his 14th birthday. Another great talent
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 5402

Re: ECF AGM 2018

my apologies for causing this confusion - at least David now knows when someone says "the arbiter" people think of him!
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 3395

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

The way I think this should have been done is that the Home Director should have put a specific proposal to the Council that he wanted to appoint a Development Officer and would be asking for a budget of 10k gbp. That person would be responsible for working with grassroots organisations to develop c...