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by Stewart Reuben
Fri May 23, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

Michael White. It was the amendments to the former version of the Preface that I wrote. Geurt is Chairman of the Rules and Tournament Regulations Committee. His material on chesscafe is very useful. It should not have the property of being definitive. In order to represent itself as that, everything...
by Stewart Reuben
Fri May 23, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

All that John says is correct. I have not run the event since 1997 and I don't know whether there have been questionnaires since my time. One problem with questionnaires is that the people who respond are the people who attend the event. But you would really like to get to those who do not attend. I...
by Stewart Reuben
Fri May 23, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

Read the first sentence of the Preface to the Laws of Chess and you will realise it is recognised any idea, that the Laws can be written in such a way that all arbiters behave identically in all situations, is unrealistic. I did write that sentence in 1996.
Stewart Reuben
by Stewart Reuben
Fri May 23, 2008 3:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

To change completely the structure of an event which is highly successful, seems to me rather odd. Do you really think another system could attract more than 1000 entrants? Hastings bagged one of he best times of year a long time ago, post Christmas. Th cheapest time would be Easter, but moving the ...
by Stewart Reuben
Thu May 22, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

In a recent international tournament the game started 1 b3 f6 2 Bb2 Kf7. Black was much higher rated and of course won the game. White withdrew from the tournament and I am ot sure he has played since. It is obvious to me that Black's actions brought the game into disrepute. By the way, it is not ne...
by Stewart Reuben
Wed May 21, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

I am still gathering facts, but will probably have much more information available tomorrow. I am out of date on what the market can stand. A great deal of interest has been shown on this topic. If wanted I could write a review of all the venues with which I have been involved since 1956. It would t...
by Stewart Reuben
Wed May 21, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

There are several strikes against holding the British in London. 1. Cost of accommodation for visitors. This would easily be ameliorated in London (or Liverpool) if the locals were more hospitable. The overall spend for the Lloyds Bank Masters was probably lower, taking everything into account, in L...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue May 20, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7501

Re: British Championships

I had not noticed this particular thread flowering. In response to Matthew Turner, I have always wanted to be able to write the following: The rumours of my demise have been much exaggerated. (Mark Twain). My health is better than it was in 2001. At that time it took me 25 minutes to walk to Richmon...
by Stewart Reuben
Mon May 19, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

I rather suspect that an opening 1. a3 2. Ta3 3. h4 4. Th3 comes under the heading of illegal - and foreign to boot. But, then what do I know? By the way, Michael Basman, at least once played, a3, h3, d4, e4, Bc4, Ba2, Bf4, Bh2, probably not in that order, with a few other moves thrown in. I feel an...
by Stewart Reuben
Mon May 12, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6695

Re: How to avoid conflict

Dear Ernie, I have already chronicled the changes in the Presidential role on this forum. I explained why it changed in 1993. I believe it changed later because Gerry was not best placed in the role of Chairman which was the CEO. There was no will to dispense with his services. Thus he became Presid...
by Stewart Reuben
Mon May 12, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6695

Re: How to avoid conflict

I disagree with Ernie. I believe the biggest problem is attracting good candidates. That is not necessarily the fault of the ECF, there have been changes in society. There was no choice whatsoever offered last October to Council. I rather suspect over the years we would have done just as well voting...
by Stewart Reuben
Sun May 11, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6695

Re: How to avoid conflict

The post of Chairman was created in 1993, not 1996. I was one of the people who recommended that. The idea was that the President would be a figure-head useful in non-executive ways to the federation. When Alan Martin became putative chairman in 1993, initally Sir Jeremy Morse, then retiring as Chai...
by Stewart Reuben
Sun May 11, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Press Officer
Replies: 4
Views: 1336

Re: ECF Press Officer

The Director of Marketing is Peter Wilson and fairly evidently Press Officer comes under him. However, his budget is absurdly small and it is substantially an impossible task anyway. Only Ray Keene and, to a lesser extent, Bill Hartston had any success commercial success. Robin Mackley performed the...
by Stewart Reuben
Sun May 11, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

Article 12.1 of the FIDE Laws of Chess states The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute. It was at my recommendation that article was reintroduced in to the Laws. It is very useful. Everybody would have different opinions about what is disreputable. Wearing ou...
by Stewart Reuben
Sat May 10, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 6312

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

Odd, I thought it was 1977. Perhaps that is a senior moment. Andrew and Ian had told the arbiters they did not want to be paired in an early round in the British as they were friends. The arbiters no doubt responded it was a random draw and they would have to take their chances. The game took place ...