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by Paul Cooksey
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 6504

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Of course Magnus losing is the big news of the day, but Firouzja winning again with black and moving into the sole lead also noteworthy. If there is the opportunity to play enough games this year, I would not be shocked to see him reach 2800.
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

"There are alternatives, finding a way to give organisers money for example." I don't quite get the specific idea - is it the kind of financial support that FIDE have just announced for OTB organisers? Also, a question regarding the organisers of online events - will they have to contribute any of ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

I described the proposals as introspective because they were proposed by ECF officials as a reaction to an issue they wanted to work on impacting the internal mechanisms of the ECF. It isn't a synonym for stupid. If I thought that, I would have said so. It seems like your position is simply that I s...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

And you were proposing something, and something rather different, or else you would not have posted at all, or changed the title of the thread to include OMOV. Apologies for the lack of clarity. I have made no constitutional proposals to the ECF on Berkshire's behalf and do not intend to. I have pe...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

For the benefit of people who live more than a few miles away, an irony here is that I played more chess in Bucks than Berks when we were last able to play OTB. So Jon represents me more than I do. I think Jon's frustration that constitutional changes are being proposed, at a time he does not think ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

I don't want to be too combative, but I disagree with almost all of Jon's post. The idea this is a short term fix is not how the proposers positioned it. The proposal was presented as having minimal short term impact, but being important to change the constitution to incorporate online chess in voti...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 6504

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Most entertaining clash of the afternoon so far has been Donchenko-Firouzja and there's still some scope for adding more red moves to the Chessbomb score I had no idea you could get from a Ragozin to a Noteboom. Donchenko in danger of becoming a target, although nice to see Firouzja being so combat...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5812

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

I seem to be a grumpy individual at the moment. The same cannot be said of Tim Wall, who I feared might react negatively when what hybrid chess is needed to be explained to Council members this week!
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights

I find the debate here a little confusing. It is surely necessary for the ECF to adjust the criteria for the Voting Register to reflect more equitably the situation that we are in, and to enable members to take decisions at Council. I don't think Bucks was represented, so a friendly neighbouring co...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88637

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Rumours are that the inmates will now be forced to learn the Sniper Opening so it might be necessary to bring in Amnesty International as well. Please remember that my Tactical Missile system is also still available. For just 10000 Maltese Lira you can learn to play c6 and d5 against everything by ...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Online Voting Rights

Isn't the problem with voting rights that the number of votes is based on the games played under the auspices of an organisation between two cut off dates? For many organisations, particularly Congresses, that's going to be nil unless prior years are rolled forward. You would then get "one organisa...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 2061

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

I hadn't though that cause of death might be a bit distressing on some occasions. I think journalistic etiquette is "after a short illness" and "after a long illness"
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 2061

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

I don't want to discourage Simon if he is enjoying this project, at the very least it does no harm. But thinking about the number of players who have had an ECF grade and mortality rates per thousand for those demographics, I suppose very many more deaths than the rate reported.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

An ECF Council Zoom this evening on how to include online games in voting rights for Council. I don't really object to the idea, but the ECFs introspection depresses me a bit. Still, maybe my view that the significant amount of work being done wont really change very much is wrong. So I thought I'd ...
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 1357

Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:09 pm
Nigel has tweeted about Lubosh
The tone of which I found a bit weird. I'd be tempted to say if that is what Nigel says about someone he liked, what would he say about someone he didn't. But I think we already know.