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by David Robertson
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 381
Views: 20482

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

The final list of delegates with voting rights has appeared on the FIDE site . It does look very odd that Malcolm Pein will effectively be voting against himself It's only when I see this list in cold print that the full horror strikes me. For the rest of the time, I assume it cannot be true; it ca...
by David Robertson
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Messina Chess Club
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: The Messina Chess Club

It was the bottom 12' that drowned them!
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Messina Chess Club
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: The Messina Chess Club

Never mind the chess. The staggering destruction of the Messina earthquake is worth a read. Those who weren't buried alive in their beds in the early hours by the massive 7.1 magnitude quake, fled to the seafront for safety where, a short while later, they were drowned by a 12' tsunami. Up to 200,00...
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5956

Re: Sinquefield Cup

I went to bed last night before the end of Mamedyarov-Carlsen thinking, it's dead drawn: if Carlsen wins this, he's a better player than I am.

Well, he didn't win it.
by David Robertson
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5956

Re: Sinquefield Cup

An imposing IPC for Carlsen. But unlikely to prevent draw no. 4
by David Robertson
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5956

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Anand-Grischuk ended in an uneventful draw They've all ended in uneventful draws. Except Carlsen-Caruana where Carlsen has been doing his best to botch a [+1.72] advantage (albeit in zeitnot ). Now at move 41, he'll need to start again [+0.27] - though I'm not sure he hasn't completely lost the thr...
by David Robertson
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8512

Re: 2019 British

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:45 pm
I do hope it was Newmarket
Nah. Sounds like Manchester
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5956

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Round 3 - another yawnfest. Some play available in Nakamura-Grischuk, but otherwise it's all rather dull
by David Robertson
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21287

Re: British Championship 2018

I'd like to express my big appreciation for the efforts of the game-inputters. As an observer following the progress of friends and colleagues in the various Senior championships, I was delighted to be able to access play-thru game scores within a day or two of each round. That's good going. I'm gra...
by David Robertson
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5545

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

More light thrown on the decision from The Times this evening. Plenty of interesting quotes too TEXT START Home Office lifts stalemate so chess prodigy Shreyas Royal can stay An Indian chess prodigy and his family will be allowed to stay in Britain after the Home Office had a sudden change of heart ...
by David Robertson
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5545

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Shreyas will be 14-15 at that time, so the problems suggested by Ian Thompson above should not arise Let's hope other 'problems' don't arise meanwhile. As every parent knows, charming and thoroughly biddable 10-year olds, expressing huge latent promise, can turn within a few years into surly, trucu...
by David Robertson
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5545

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:52 pm
Still, I look forward to Justin's blog praising the Tory media insiders on the ECF board and their friend Ray for influencing the government :-)
Do be careful, you scamp, or he'll be digging around in your dustbins next
by David Robertson
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5545

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

The Times today carries a news piece, then the following Leader article. The news piece is cool on Shreyas's prospects, referring to "a brick wall" in the Home Office. The Leader is aggressively supportive though. So much for the formal journalism: 'below the line' comments are far less encouraging...
by David Robertson
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1751

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Nah, just gently teasing. Now Ian's corrected his post, I'll delete mine. Had I the presence of mind, I'd have PM'd rather than prompted in public. But I didn't

(pah! I can't delete them!)