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by Paul Cooksey
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 460
Views: 33106

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Being a pendant, I'd say Giri is most likely to produce artwork showing Dutch towns. (Nick means Jean not Jan :) )
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 45
Views: 2227

Re: Takeback requests in online games

But for a rated or a tournament game, I would disagree....What you are also forgetting is the disruptive effect on the other player of a takeback. Well not really, no, as it's basically asual games I'm talking about. (Though in principle I don't see that it should be inconceivable to have the funct...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.
Replies: 36
Views: 3018

Re: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:05 pm
And of course all the best to Alex and Lara
yes indeed.
Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:07 am
Lara's brother looks a bit like Jonathan Speelman.
A better joke than the one I was going to make about Alex being in sore need of a haircut post lockdown!
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4336
Views: 474710

Re: Media comments on chess

An interview in The Guardian with the musician Moby You know, you’re asking me to open up such a can of worms. It reminds me of my favourite chess move, which my uncle taught me, where you move your knight so that it puts the king in check but also is going to take the castle.” This is known as a f...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211527

Re: Cheating in chess

I brought up playing poor openings because I don't think having fun in a way that impacts your results is exactly cheating, unless you then take advantage of your lower rating in some way. I think this is connected to the point Matthew is making. Of course he is being, in Jonathan's idiom, a bellend...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2838

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

Indeed, good reasons why this was done in the past, although there are charitable tax incentives available to the ECF too.

But it is notable that the ECF is different to most other chess federations, English Bridge, etc.
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211527

Re: Cheating in chess

Oh dear. Am I going to have to stop playing the Morra since it is artificially deflating my rating?
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 26
Views: 2609

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

She is @chessbae94 on twitter, and largely anonymous which is in itself controversial. Hansen is one of the few people involved to have actually met her in person. I have rather mixed feelings, since although I do watch a bit of chess streaming, I only know the background as gossip. I have no indepe...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 26
Views: 2609

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

Well, in the stream you linked although Hansen does criticise Nakamura directly there is a lot more discussion of Nakamura's team and chessbae especially. She has donated very generously to many chess streamers in recent years, but seems to require a good deal of control over the streams in return. ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 2838

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

I raised whether the ECF should/ could organise more chess directly previously. The response here was predominantly that I was criticising the ECF unfairly, but I still think is a legitimate strategy point. I think English chess's historic position is that we do not need the federation to organise m...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 26
Views: 2609

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

Of course this wasn't really about Hikaru himself: Dear Global Chess Community, Due to recent events involving concerns about Chessbae's position and actions within the chess streaming community, we have removed all Chess.com moderator and Twitch/Streamer powers from her accounts. While we do wish t...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Events Director OTB chess
Replies: 25
Views: 1585

Re: Events Director OTB chess

I decided not to speculate on whether it was a board level position or not, if only so when someone inevitably and archly refers to uninformed speculation on the internet it wasn't me this time. Shohreh seems to have a very good reputation, so I am happy she is willing to volunteer for the ECF and t...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1162

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

Alexa, play the The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff-Raff.

I'm a sucker for an amusing band name, but quite enjoying it so far too.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11990

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

I guess ratios of volunteers to players, and the type of things volunteers do quite different between the British and a local league. Difficult to assess which groups most likely to suffer attrition. Generally the thing said on reports is that the pandemic will accelerate existing trends. So if that...
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Proposed reorganisation
Replies: 50
Views: 3185

Re: Proposed reorganisation

We may not be able to compete in all of the intended weekends. As such is it wise to design a structure which will add an additional one? I understand the desire to cautious. But on the other hand if the playoff weekend has to be cancelled, the only real downside is that no one gets promoted, which...