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by David Robertson
Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 177
Views: 26838

Re: Coaching

Nooo, silly. They asked for more sex

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by David Robertson
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 177
Views: 26838

Re: Coaching

Ernie Lazenby wrote:So David are you saying that David Anderton runs the ECF?
"Runs" is not quite how I'd choose to describe it. Bumbles, stumbles even. Or, since you ask Ernie, plods :)

Think George 'Dubya' Bush & Dick Cheney. Every duffer needs his buffer, the US & ECF both.

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by David Robertson
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 177
Views: 26838

Re: Coaching

I doubt there will be any comment soon, certainly not if bad news is involved. ECF officials are like new-born puppies when it comes to good news. But bad news, sorry chaps, you'll just have to wait....and wait.....and wait. Of course, you know why. Nothing - and I mean nothing - happens at ECF unle...
by David Robertson
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 177
Views: 26838

Re: Coaching

If the ECF is going to embark on hundreds of people becoming involved with children it really has to make very sure the systems are correct. There are predators out there who will take advantage of a poor system to gain access to children This is getting a bit feverish. If we're not careful, the pe...
by David Robertson
Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 177
Views: 26838

Re: Coaching

Alas, you are not out of date, Peter Turner - not on CRB arrangements anyway. Matters remain as you describe. They are a vexing impediment to work with young people. CRB clearance remains context-specific and non-transferable. A local expert in the matter explained it all to me a year or so back. Th...
by David Robertson
Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Default Times
Replies: 60
Views: 11078

Re: Default Times

Richard Bates wrote:I accept that there may be a case if one is intending to initiate repairing
I fail to see what darning socks has to do with the matter

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by David Robertson
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Does English Chess repeatedly shoot itself in the foot ?
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: Does English Chess repeatedly shoot itself in the foot ?

Tom Chivers wrote:Perhaps it repeatedly shoots itself in the head, but misses?
Yep, that's it. Straight between the I's

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by David Robertson
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Does English Chess repeatedly shoot itself in the foot ?
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: Does English Chess repeatedly shoot itself in the foot ?

The answer, on the evidence, is clearly Yes - but only because it's not clinically possible to shoot oneself repeatedly in the head

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by David Robertson
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Those criteria seem unusually sane for ECF, including the 'Gormally clause'.

Are they still in force? Who knows. Did Holloid offer a plastic version?

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by David Robertson
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

I'm a bit surprised that David, who riles against so much ECF inefficiency, would be happy for us to install a dog to select our Olympiad team And, boy, do I rile :) But to be clear, making no mistake in what I mean: I'd be happy to see a dog installed as President of ECF, so much improvement is ne...
by David Robertson
Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Pretty much spot on, Tim. Seems to me people are making a meal of this. It's becoming more elaborate than a conclave of Cardinals for the election of a Pope. For heaven's sake, any three men and a dog could have selected the current Olympiad team - actually, hold the three men. For the next Olympiad...
by David Robertson
Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

I'm with Jonathan on this. The England (men/open) team has done pretty well, finishing 6-3-2. Of the two losses, neither were surprises. Of the three draws, all were surprises! But pair underperformance v Norway with overperformance v Azerbadjan, that's leaves this final round disappointment 'caused...
by David Robertson
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: CHESS December 2008 - Pein's editorial
Replies: 29
Views: 11919

Re: CHESS December 2008 - Pein's editorial

But there needs to be some wringing of necks

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by David Robertson
Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

The Dutch clearly do. They have not selected their two highest-rated players (Tiviakov & Sokolov). On the other hand, Spain have gone a different route (picking Shirov & Kramrakulov). It's an awkward business, even before one starts on Scotland, the USA or, yet more sensitive territory, Israel. As f...
by David Robertson
Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 21949

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

One by-product of this Olympiad for Adams & Wang Yue is that Adams has shed 19, while Wang Yue has gained 14 Elo points. The effect is that Mickey drops out of the top 20 while Wang Yue enters the top 10 (for the first time maybe). His progress has been relentless this year - dull but relentless. Sh...