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by David Robertson
Tue May 13, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 23893

Re: Resignation Rumours

You were lucky. If I'd been playing, I'd have demanded a ruling from Stewart Reuben :lol:

David Robertson
Atticus CC
by David Robertson
Mon May 12, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 23893

Re: Resignation Rumours

But I think you are missing the point, we need chess on TV to raise public awareness. This might take the form of :- No, Paul, with respect, it is you who misses the point; alas, many others too. The point is this: of course we would like chess on TV; indeed we need chess on TV. So do fly-fishermen...
by David Robertson
Mon May 12, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 23893

Re: Resignation Rumours

This thread has come along way since it opened with my post to the Atticus forum :) But never mind. TV & chess: my view. Chess is the least visually attractive game imaginable, at least for as long as the current visual language of our TV dominates the visual discourse. Quite simply, nothing happens...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action

The accuracy of the quotes you use from the books in question wouldn't be the issue. The defamation, if any, arises in the inference you ask us to draw, and how far you pursue that. The p-word is exactly the issue. A court would have to decide a] has the p-word been alleged? and if so, b] can it be ...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action

Apparently something has been removed by Streatham, perhaps enough. But one article would not survive on my website because of its defamatory potential. I must make it clear I have an informed and experienced understanding of this area of law, but I'm not a professional expert in the matter. On the ...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action

If Nigel Davies has a case - and he may - then Jonathan Bryant has made matters worse by repeating the defamation here, not least in the face of a request to desist. And if that were the view of the court, this website could be liable as publisher as well. I can say nothing more without making matte...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Board
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: New ECF Board

As an exercise in succession management, it owes alot to the business process long-followed by the Chinese Communist Party: names disappear, and you never know why; new names appear, and you never know how. That's how it must seem to anyone who doesn't follow forums like this - and frankly, to most ...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 12:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5537

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

Nice examples. But 'bad manners' is how you take it. Mention of Andrew Martin prompts me to recall a final round game in the Major Open many years back. Andrew & I were paired on something like 5/9 with nothing to play for. He was bored; me, too. The game went (DR, white) 1 e4 a6; 2 d4 h6 at which p...
by David Robertson
Sun May 11, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Board
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: New ECF Board

Jesus Christ! It's the Return of the Living Dead :lol:

New blood? Wasted on a corpse, I'm afraid :(

David Robertson
Atticus CC
by David Robertson
Sat May 10, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1928

Re: Some myths exploded ...

Mike Gunn exploded! Your three 'myths' are exactly that: three claims no one has ever made! The most fallacious of debating devices is to set up 'straw man' statements, and then demolish them. I'm a trenchant critic of ECF. But I have never read anyone claiming that ECF is responsible for the declin...
by David Robertson
Fri May 09, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Manager of Congress Chess : Candidates?
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Manager of Congress Chess : Candidates?

Frankly I don't care who it is as long as s/he is competent, reliable, and doesn't walk off the job with an ego-tantrum eleven weeks before the event. Previous candidates need not apply.

David Robertson
Atticus CC
by David Robertson
Fri May 09, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A demand for the Presidents resignation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2868

Re: A demand for the Presidents resignation.

The DCMS annual grant must now be seriously 'at risk'. Believe me: I know of which I speak :(

In many ways, losing it may be the quickest way to knock sense into relevant heads

David Robertson
Atticus CC
by David Robertson
Fri May 09, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3411

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

While John Philpott provides a sober-minded attempt to introduce some welcome nuance into the discussion over proxies, I think he misses one important source of ill-feeling and concern. That is, some individuals phone round actively soliciting proxies to boost or bolster their position within ECF. T...
by David Robertson
Thu May 08, 2008 11:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Farewell new ECF
Replies: 3
Views: 1141

Re: Farewell new ECF

Are David and Rexel related do we think?
No, we aren't.

But skimming through numerous posts on many topics in here, Charles W Wood and two short planks clearly are.

David Robertson
Atticus CC
by David Robertson
Thu May 08, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3411

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

Sometimes change take place slowly in British chess. The finest piece of understatement since General Haig described the Battle of the Somme as "tough-going" For vast aeons of time, change doesn't take place at all - unless you count decay as change. Of the many, many problems of ECF structure, one...