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by Paul Cooksey
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article
Replies: 17
Views: 869

Re: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article

I don't cross-post with facebook as a rule, but since this from an official page and seems to be seeking publicity: If the fear of losing is greater than the fear of getting caught cheating, people will cheat. As far as I can tell, the only consequence cheating in official online events can possibly...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 269
Views: 17060

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

er, anyway... I did understand the point Nick was making. I don't really get the point Tim is trying to make. Is it that, in his view, English players should be participating in higher numbers in European Opens, and this reflects poorly on us as a group? For myself, I am considering playing outside ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 269
Views: 17060

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The line between non-chess and chess related real world events hard to manage at the moment. But I don't see the obesity strategy as having direct bearing on chess. Unless the ECF introduces a BMI <25 rule, in which case I am in more trouble than most.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 54
Views: 4009

Re: Membership Renewal

Alex already gave the Finance Council update. Any chance of showing me a link to where this update is located. Thank-you. The question of 3 year memberships was raised at the Finance Meeting. The current Finance Director rejected the idea as being an administrative nightmare due to the difficulties...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Paleface Attack
Replies: 24
Views: 1105

Re: Paleface Attack

I've decided to descend to some of the point scoring and back biting for which this forum is famous, and this is the obvious place to start. 1 d4 Nf6 2 f3 is not the Paleface Attack. It just isn't. If you ask 100 graded chess players what that sequence is called, The Paleface Attack is probably a po...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 54
Views: 4009

Re: Membership Renewal

Alex already gave the Finance Council update. Like all things ECF at the moment, the financial strategy is to muddle through to October as best possible and hope to know more then. Certainly possible this will be reviewed, but difficult to know who Malcolm Pein ...oops, sorry... Council will appoint...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Kevin Hawkins
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Re: Kevin Hawkins

RIP Kevin, a man who knew triumph and disaster and treated those impostors just the same.
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

I know the IOW has an archery tradition, but I could not name one IOW chess player!
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Living chess, has it died a death?
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Living chess, has it died a death?

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:05 am
I can imagine living chess isn't the easiest thing to arrange as you need 32 volunteers to begin with.
Plus, axiomatically, chess players do not talk to their pieces as much as they should.
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 73
Views: 4131

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

However, I suppose most people would interpret the ECF as meaning ten (unpaid) board members, having to balance this with their other commitments, with 2.5 paid members of staff aided by a group of other volunteers who have undertaken particular jobs but who are busy beavering away at those jobs an...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Chess Junior Squad launches £500 Tournament
Replies: 100
Views: 3986

Re: FIDE Master Yichen Han wins Saturday 10 am 18 July World Chess Junior Squad Event and leads July month.

I was thinking of commenting this seems like it belongs in Adverts, but maybe I should get a copy of Carl Portman's book first.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 73
Views: 4131

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Hybrid chess doesn't enthuse me really, although like most chess initiatives I wish anyone willing to organise it good luck.

Personally, I think I might play tournament chess OTB before evening league chess. I'm not really expecting the ECF to organise either though.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Biel 18-29 July 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 2546

Re: Biel 18-29 July 2020

Solid performance by Adams so far. He is 4th of 8, with the classical starting tomorrow.

Judging by the youtube video, the screen in the middle of the board doesn't seem much of an inconvenience, although how much good it does not clear.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 2218

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

FIDE seems not to have announced the "Hosting Internet Platform" yet.

I'm not sure how keen I would be to be involved if I was a commercial chess site, given the probability of fair play controversy.
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9055

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Indeed, the only Olympiad that there is as far as I know.

We've been discussing covid19 challenges specifically for the last few minutes, although I suspect members of this forum already familiar with the points made.