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by David Robertson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3735

Re: ECF AGM 2018

It'll be humming along nicely then
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2523
Views: 277100

Re: Media comments on chess

Max Hastings, in The Times , Saturday, Oct 13 The research psychologist David Dunning wrote: “People who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance . . . College students who hand in exams that will earn them...
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

shaunpress wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:44 pm
you were the source for quote, although I sinned by not giving you credit in the post
That's just fine. No one in here gives me credit for very much anyway :)
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:20 am
There's an account by Shaun Press about the campaign.
http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2018/1 ... ction.html
Heh, Shaun reads my posts :) Not the first time I've been 'quoted' during the campaign either
David Robertson wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:57 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:27 pm
no booth for Nigel
Insurgents don't do 'booths'. I thought everyone knew that
by David Robertson
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2523
Views: 277100

Re: Media comments on chess

David Williams wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:43 pm
https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlse ... ld-co-13-0. Is it just me that gets annoyed by this sort of thing?
It's worse than you think. He's now being treated as an intellectual. No one ever called you that, Dave ;-)
by David Robertson
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..
Replies: 39
Views: 4034

Re: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..

I get a feeling that a perverse logic is at work here; an unintended consequence of good planning. The initial expectation was that two 16-team Divs 3 (3N & 3S) would incentivise teams to shift North in search of promotion. That's sound thinking; and it happened initially. BUT...what goes up, must c...
by David Robertson
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels
Replies: 15
Views: 804

Re: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels

And since we're on the subject - well, I am anyway - there's this novel, long-listed for the Booker prize this year . Three parts through the book (a quality read, btw), a mother seeks some rare face time with her son. She decides to talk about chess (as mothers do :roll: ). The conversation turns t...
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:30 pm
an abrupt alteration in personality rare in men in their fifties
So we get no respite from your 'personality' either. Must be something to do with 1965
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Echoes from Liverpool
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: Echoes from Liverpool

Fabulous, Gerard, just fabulous! Though the play at Chester is reported to be erratic.... Ha! Nothing has changed in 84 years then! Chester CC is my club these days. It's the club's centenary next year, and we're planning a weekend tourney, inter alia . This item will doubtless find its way to our w...
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel said "In this administration 'gens una sumus' only applies to those who voted for the administration. Everyone else gets shafted. This mean-spirited vindictiveness has to stop". England did not vote for the new administration, but it would seem to suggest that England would not be the victim ...
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels
Replies: 15
Views: 804

Re: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels

In this weighty (700 pp) demanding modernist novel, recently published and set among prostitutes in Leipzig, the following exchange takes place (p 344):

"Hi, I'm Mia-Pia. That's 'Mia' as in Farrow; and 'Pia' as in Cramling"

Just saying
by David Robertson
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32474

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:15 pm
Which begs the question of...
what changed?

We got the luck of the draw
what is going right?
Team played well; as a unit; and to form
what can be done to continue this?
It won't, because it can't, continue
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29373

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

I suppose one of the next jobs for the new FIDE president will be to work through the Presidential Board list https://ratings.fide.com/fide_directory.phtml?content=35 as to who to retain and who to retire (where that is within his power) Makro - OUT Jaime - OUT Sundar - OUT Vega - OUT (maybe) Siege...
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:35 pm
In practical terms it would be a very good thing if the feuding were to continue unabated
Yes, I don't doubt you believe this. Where else would you find easy copy for your relentlessly sententious blogging
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12380

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

That is a quite disgraceful comment from Tim Wall. He deserves both barrels - though I wonder if he's drunk them before posting. Whatever the merits or otherwise of the various parties in the election, we surely do not need this level of comment. Would Tim Wall welcome a few comments on his relation...