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by David Robertson
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 3353

Re: ECF increased membership costs

Approx 1000 players pay *£500+ to play the 4NCL each year (* five weekends @ £100 a pop, with hotel and on-costs). That's roughly £50 per game, not to mention foregone time travelling, hanging about. For those players at least, and for many more, ECF fees are trivial. For the infrequent club player,...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29392

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

Well, as of this moment, 51% of the - alleged- members taking part in a straw poll in this place have declared against Short and 49% in favour. I agree the data is 'slight'. Don't be foolish. 51% have in no sense declared against Short. At best, 18% have. A further 22% have declared for no candidat...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29392

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

It is unclear how a famous English organizer Malcolm Pein has come to align himself with them -- it's a mystery for me. It seems to me that taking an opinion poll among chess players would now give an approximately 95:5 result in Dvorkovich's favor in terms of percentage correlation. Nevertheless, ...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 981
Views: 32656

Re: Batumi Olympiad

David, how much time do you have on your hands?! LOL. I was thinking earlier that I hadn't given enough time to the games. Then I started browsing, and became intrigued (in a kind way) about the chess-craziness of the Olympiad (the uselessness of many teams) compared with the fabulous Olympic ideal...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 981
Views: 32656

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Cuba winning the battle of the erstwhile Socialist Republics (3 - 0 v. Albania). And wee Scotland have trounced US Virgins, 4 - 0 Lower down, Netherlands Antilles have clattered Antigua & Barbuda, 4 - 0. No big surprise, given bd 1 for the losers has an Elo of 1060. But of the rest? Not too good eit...
by David Robertson
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 981
Views: 32656

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Peru 2 - 2 China (Chess24)

Nice story, if true - which I'm fairly sure it isn't. (Ding Liren has surely won?)
by David Robertson
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29392

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

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
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 54
Views: 3464

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:46 pm
Why on earth are we even discussing this nonsense?
I enjoy communing with my inner novelist.

But seriously, some people take this seriously. That's how serious it is!
by David Robertson
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 54
Views: 3464

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:06 pm
what would be the point of repeatedly posting on an unofficial forum to `demonstrate an answer`
Irony, dear boy, irony. It is Keene who repeats the claim - in 2017
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 54
Views: 3464

Re: Raymond Keene new site

I confess I'd missed this name up to now - Professor Frederick Trowman-Rose, , who is apparently "a globally renowned and distinguished academic", a claim I can find no material to justify. I trust he is, actually, a Professor, and indeed a General Jolly japes! I'm a sucker for Google-chasing guys ...
by David Robertson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 2135

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

it is so disappointing that Malcolm has been unable to restrain the most egregiously illegal activities of the Makro campaign in its attempts to round up votes The Board was of the view that under Mr Makropoulos’ ticket, with Malcolm Pein as Deputy President, FIDE would have a better chance of beco...
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29392

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

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:10 pm
IanCalvert wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Supporting a "slate" that becomes wickeder and wickeder is a bad thing!
Which one are you talking about?
:lol: :lol: :lol: It really is that bad :roll:
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 4096

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much.
by David Robertson
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 2756

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I would be interested to know if Alex has any plans to develop junior chess at `improving level' I hope he has none. It's not the business of the ECF to develop 'improving players'. That's our job, in the clubs. The ECF is properly the body to take the elite - the best we can produce - and help to ...
by David Robertson
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29392

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

It's all kicking off! Makropoulos has begun heavy shelling of Dvorkovich's position. He's seeking to have his main opponent banned via a joint Makro-Pein referral to the FIDE & IOC Ethics Committee for egregious malfeasance of varying kinds. Dvorkovich meanwhile has laid down his own carpet-bombing,...