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by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Checks on children's club drivers
Replies: 37
Views: 3561

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

Well, you know the old saying about getting the politicos we deserve! (what you in NI must have done to get yours then, God only knows :lol: :cry: ) Seriously though, I think the real problem isn't politicians, for all their manifold faults - it IS the media. That bastard Murdoch is more powerful th...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Checks on children's club drivers
Replies: 37
Views: 3561

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

For all the predictable diatribes against "NuLab" et al, stuff like this in reality is the product of two things that are not party political as such - the civil service and the media......... Media "moral panics" are *why* politicians feel the need need to "do something" about things, and these *ar...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF officers
Replies: 84
Views: 6267

Re: ECF officers

Any info to tell us about Mr Paines?
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 8842

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

You must remember the Penrose v Tal game well, Leonard :)

How big a shock was that at the time?
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 8842

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

Having seen the Tal v Campo game, it is indeed the case that the future FIDE president essayed an extremely dubious early "deviation" from normal Caro-Kann theory and was crushed in very short order........ Whether intoxicating beverages were involved isn't for me to say, of course :lol: I played th...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: draft list i guess is now totally pointless??
Replies: 11
Views: 1800

Re: i guess now the draft list was totally pointless??

Ian Lamb wrote:the draft list is now no good with all the changes then ?
Except for the huge majority who have seen their grading unchanged, maybe?? :roll:
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF FIDE Delegate
Replies: 219
Views: 12551

Re: ECF FIDE Delegate

Geoff,

I assume the likes of Fairhurst and Aitken never played for England?

(WAF played in his dotage for New Zealand, of course)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The first English player to achieve a 2500+ FIDE rating
Replies: 4
Views: 1463

Re: The first English player to achieve a 2500+ FIDE rating

Didn't he later become a noted correspondence player?
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: UKCC Strat 2009 - Felix Ynojosa
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: UKCC Strat 2009 - Felix Ynojosa

So he essayed it when he *was* reigning champion, then?? :shock: I'm impressed :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: UKCC Strat 2009 - Felix Ynojosa
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: UKCC Strat 2009 - Felix Ynojosa

John Upham wrote:I have a booklet review of the Brooklyn Defence entitled "Loss of Time and Space : The Wonderful World of the Brooklyn Defence", 2003, 31 pages, written by a forum member. :D

I believe that Tom Chivers has used the Brooklyn Defence.
It is claimed that a former World Champion used it also :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ken Bloodworth
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

Re: Ken Bloodworth

Pedant :P You know what I mean :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

The thing is, FIDE used to be more flexible on this. That is why Palestine was admitted back in the 1980s. Also, autonomous but not independent entities like the Faroes, Hong Kong etc were allowed in at one point. Likewise both Guernsey *and* Jersey have independent federations (always strikes me as...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

According to the map linked above, the following are not members of FIDE; Americas: Guyana (sure they have played team events in the past), various W Indian microstates Asia: E Timor, N Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, various Pacific microstates (notably Samoa and Tonga) Africa: (here goes) Cape Verde, C...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ken Bloodworth
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

Re: Ken Bloodworth

So there's at least one then (telegram recipient I mean :D )
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ken Bloodworth
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

Re: Ken Bloodworth

George (G S) Sell is who you are thinking of I believe - but I don't think he played "seriously" beyond his early 90s. There was another player in Northumberland around that time (Wells?) who kept on to a great age too....... And slightly to the south there was more recently the almost as venerable ...