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by David Robertson
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 53
Views: 4598

Re: Division One 2018-19

Leonard Barden wrote:Sources say Guildford have already tried, so far without success, to enlist Hou Yifan
There you go, Jonathan. You're "sources" from now on: Leonard confirms :)
by David Robertson
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:59 pm
You also get people wandering off when it's their move
This can happen. Just gently steer them away from busy roads, and back to the board
by David Robertson
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3238

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:07 am
largely driven by Bachar Kouatly, and the initiative to get eSports included in the Olympic Games
Well done, Monsieur Kouatly! We need this. Time to brush up on my ePole-Vaulting
by David Robertson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 53
Views: 4598

Re: Division One 2018-19

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:00 pm
implying that Guildford may introduce another wildcard (Short?) on the next weekend and bring in yet another in May
My guess: Hou Yifan
by David Robertson
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2216

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Hhmm...there's more to it than this. To take one example, by no means at random: Mickey Adams. He's listed way down at €9,300 earnings last year. I'm sure that's true if they say so. But that's just Mickey's prize money . As big a cost for any tournament, possibly a bigger cost in many cases, is con...
by David Robertson
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2018-19
Replies: 11
Views: 1071

Re: Division Two 2018-19

The second phase Pools clarified a little today. Pool 2A is fully resolved: Spirit of Atticus will head the group, barring a calamitous and improbable reversal in rd 7. They'll be accompanied into the promotion pool by Anglian Avengers, KJCA Kings and Barnet Knights Pool 2B is less resolved: Barbica...
by David Robertson
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 20
Views: 1564

Re: Game-inputting & replays

Well done, guys! Again!! All games from D1 & D2 (rd 5) available for replay by 9.00pm Saturday. Remarkable
by David Robertson
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 53
Views: 4598

Re: Division One 2018-19

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:51 pm
So, if there is anyone else following first division 4NCL but not actually present
Yes, I am - as well as the rugby, cricket and football. Keaton Jennings ( :roll: ) 'out' twice in one over, and now out properly (for 8 )

I wonder what caused two Oxford defaults v. WR1
by David Robertson
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2418

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

I'd have thought the Scheinberg sponsorship would merit at least some pause for thought, including a view from the Governance Committee I don't expect that they would take very long to form a view I fear you're right. But it depends how much due diligence they're willing to undertake. Given that so...
by David Robertson
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2418

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

ECF ought to agree sponsorship with anyone I trust you are nowhere near membership of the Governance Committee. Your position is not merely "morally dubious", as if it were solely a matter of differing ethical judgements. It would in certain circumstances invite ECF to enter unlawful transactions. ...
by David Robertson
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1140

Re: In addition to...

Offering a draw is an exercise in manners.
by David Robertson
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 48
Views: 5603

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

O.G. Urcan wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:06 am
I note this tweet by "Chess Club Live":

https://twitter.com/ChessClubLive/statu ... 5494371328
LOL. I'd guess 500,000 'chess cash' = 1 Venezuelan bolivar
by David Robertson
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3597

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

The Spanish do generate some splendid names. Here's a couple of IMs who, if results go the right way, could be paired tomorrow.

Lance Henderson De La Fuente - Paolo Ladron De Guevara Pinto

Names straight from the pages of Cervantes :)
by David Robertson
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3597

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

The prettiest WMOTB ever played? Played by my club colleague, Phil Crocker, in the final round of the Gibraltar Challengers A. Having walked all over his Spanish opponent for much of the game, Phil closed in for the kill. White has just played the plausible but wrong 31. Qg6, leaving Black [-4.40] ...
by David Robertson
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3453

Re: Steve Berry

Roger posted this tribute elsewhere. I thought it was lovely, and hope that those who knew Steve Berry will appreciate it. At Steve Berry's funeral service this morning, I was musing about religion as it applies to chess. Most players nowadays are atheists - a quick-play finish and that's it. Very f...