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by David Robertson
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2523

Re: The ECF Academy tender

Regulation No 1 requires this process, regardless of what the Board or anyone else may think of its merits. Regulation No 1 concerns process alone. In practical terms, it's barely worth the paper it's written on. Clause 1.8 gets you off the hook. Use the opportunity, and get the Regs redrafted to f...
by David Robertson
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2523

Re: The ECF Academy tender

The trouble with a competitive tendering process such as this is that it assumes a viable market. That is, it assumes there are numerous suppliers willing to bid competitively, and to bear the costs of bidding including the risk of failure. The weaker the supply-side of the market, the more burdenso...
by David Robertson
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3517

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

There are five people in my household. All play chess. But only one is a chess-player. All can ride a bike too. But none is a cyclist.

Don't think these surveys get us very far until they decide what they're measuring
by David Robertson
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU website down
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: NCCU website down

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:51 pm
John Reyes wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:25 pm
Wonder how Lancashire managed to Get a IM on top board? Does he lives in Lancashire?
If he doesn't live in Lancashire, he shouldn't be eligible to play
Pfft! O'Rourke Rules apply in Lancashire
by David Robertson
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3517

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The French will probably opt for pétanque d'échecs. This hugely popular regional game involves lobbing heavily-weighted pieces down the board. Injuries can occur - strains, sprains and some bruising. But Arbiters generally recover
by David Robertson
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 74
Views: 6195

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: 1538

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: 3517

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: 74
Views: 6195

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: 2404

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: 13
Views: 1379

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: 1633

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: 74
Views: 6195

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: 2575

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: 2575

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. ...