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by Paul Cooksey
Tue May 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 288
Views: 16367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I agree with Justin to some extent. But I don't really see an equivalency between Short's misdeeds and those of Kirsan. I'm not really sure about Makro. My inclination is to think the worst of him, given his long association with Kirsan. He certainly seems to have been accused of a lot, notably by D...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri May 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1113

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

Strangely, he is one of the people I have played most games of chess against. He was a regular in the ICC 5-minute pool and used to send me challenges when we were online at the same time. I do not think he cared very much about the results of online bitz. He liked to try very, very speculative sacr...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu May 10, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 288
Views: 16367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

From the R&R document below. It would be interesting to find out what happened if the board instructed Malcolm to vote for Nigel. Resignation from at least one of the roles I suppose. But in fairness, I probably was wrong above, even if there is some wriggle room in the phrasing FIDE Delegate • In c...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu May 10, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 288
Views: 16367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I was startled by the headline "Young Poet of the year accuses Penguin editor of harassment" next to the picture of Kirsan in The TImes. But not that Penguin. I think the FIDE delegate has the power to vote for whomever he likes, without consulting Council, let alone asking them to consult the membe...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18012

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

There was a lot of discussion on the International budget. A motion was passed along the lines of "Council requests the International Director provides a more thorough breakdown of the costs for the International teams at the Olympiad (appearance fees, travel etc)" Obviously it would be unfair to p...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18012

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Thanks, always useful to see these reports.

Can anyone give a more detailed report on the budget? Was the position on international spending raised?
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18012

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

As I recall, the membership scheme proposals started as flat rate. The tiers were intended as an approximation of how committed players were and therefore the amount they would be likely to accept as a fee. From my point of view simplification is better, if it does not risk pricing out some players....
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Revised Papers
Replies: 39
Views: 2053

Re: Revised Papers

And another point for the current board in the `2008 vs now` debate. We've certainly come a long way from the Chess For Schools debacle. I don't think anyone is actually having that debate. Although if they were 2008 is one of the least fair years to pick for a comparison of how England juniors are...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18012

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

I really don't agree with any of Andrew's assessments. This is a board with very substantial influence over how Council votes.
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 1809

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

Chris Goodall wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:13 pm
If you wanted activity, you'd have played the Sicilian/French/1...e5/anything other than the Caro-Kann.
Were any of your opening books written this millennium? :evil:
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 1103

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Carl - how are you doing with the like button? :-) We need a way to thank Leonard for his posts!
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 18012

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

I believe quite a lot more than £3 of my money goes to chess professionals. Not just because I am a gold member. Also because I imagine quite a high percentage of the junior budget goes on coaching. But at least it is clear where that portion of my membership is going and it is something personally ...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2342
Views: 253819

Re: Media comments on chess

I noticed the DOB in Chessbase also a bit suspect; very impressive Danny drew with Smyslov. probably not when he was 7.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 74
Views: 4937

Re: FIDE internal fighting

I had not considered myself a FIDE politics aficionado until now, but I was wondering about Filatov. To be honest I was a bit surprised when I saw Makro was standing, I though the positioning last year was the the President needed to be someone with really substantial financial backing. So Makro wou...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Andrew
Replies: 40
Views: 3910

Re: No Andrew

I have not seen Fiona on chess24 recently. Seemed to be a few people moving at his time: https://en.chessbase.com/author/macauley-peterson I though the original poster was pulling on the thread of whether chess24 still interested now Macauley - who used to talk about respecting the tradition of the ...