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by Paul Cooksey
Thu May 21, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 22
Views: 2391

Re: July 2020 grades

I stumbled over this post when looking for the charity event: https://www.chess.com/article/view/ecf- ... ext-season
by Paul Cooksey
Sat May 16, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1601

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Fischer made "dodgy" comments on Jews well before 1972, though that didn't stop him playing chess in Israel during the 1960s of course. Jan Hein Donner wrote that at the time of Bled 1961, "He idolized Hitler and read everything about him that he could lay his hands on. He also championed a brand o...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat May 16, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 61
Views: 3452

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

I'm sure the government can afford £60,000 a year. I'm expecting to be paying a lot more tax next year. Still, maybe. What would you spend the money on Simon? 60k is an interesting number, since c.10k on grading and c.50k on international teams the ECFs two main things that are not supposed to be b...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat May 16, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial

if you'd also got 37...Bf3 0-1 without reading the chessbase article we'd have been really impressed!
by Paul Cooksey
Sat May 16, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial

Context for Carlsen-Svidler: Previous Game
by Paul Cooksey
Fri May 15, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 18
Views: 1011

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

Possibly noone will have an A grade, but 36 months until ungraded (on the three digit rules as they stand).

Please don't make me think about a lockdown that long.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri May 15, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1601

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Team Robert Fischer is defaulting the bottom board
by Paul Cooksey
Fri May 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1601

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Fischer is a common German name, so I don't think we can assume any nominative determination. I'd back team Howell against team Adams (all time, player at their peak, 4 boards). Team Littlewood also has good strength in depth. Team Petrosian, various spellings, looks like the one to beat with an all...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu May 14, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 4458

Re: British Blitz Championships

No, where are you getting that from? RE: your case with chess.com Justin I think it's less that their detection methods are bad, and more of a case of them having an insufficient review process and poor customer service I think you're probably mostly right, though do bear in mind the point about "e...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu May 14, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 4458

Re: British Blitz Championships

Unfortunately you guys aren't the main core of chess.com customers. Well no, and that's what enables them to be so professionally and ethically shoddy. Justin - do I understand correctly that you think chess.com (or another site) should share the details of why someone was banned when requested? If...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed May 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 4458

Re: British Blitz Championships

David's assumption of 1 false positive to 5 cheats surprises me. I would probably have gone 1 to 100 on the anecdotal evidence.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon May 11, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial

I rarely look at chess before the 20th century, so was not familiar with an apparently well known quote:
Wilhelm Steinitz wrote:I would rather die in America than live in England
In view of this outrage, hopefully the tournament will be full of blunders and controversy!
by Paul Cooksey
Sun May 10, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Call to all Berkshire players...
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Call to all Berkshire players...

Long play online on chess.com... I've had more tempting offers
by Paul Cooksey
Sun May 10, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Options for Season Completion
Replies: 15
Views: 493

Re: Options for Season Completion

I agree too early to make a decision in most cases.

Perhaps John is asking to try to anticipate possible LMS requirments.

If so, for maximum complexity, I suggest a combined season 19/20 and 20/21 with 4NCL type promotion and relegation pools.
by Paul Cooksey
Sat May 09, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 61
Views: 3452

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

But I very much dislike being dragged into the secretive approach the board takes to running the ECF. I don't think is particularly fair nor correct and certainly not my intention as an individual Board member. The word secretive badly used. The phrase I had in mind was in camera, but it felt pompo...