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by David Sedgwick
Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 7968

Re: Big Slick Tournament

I think the high profile of this one owes more to the GM celebrity of the organiser than anything else. And there was I thinking it was due to the exceptional distinction of the arbiter. When a talented young GM turns his hand to organising, is not the resulting event deserving of a high profile? I...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 7968

Re: Big Slick Tournament

It was actually Round 3 in which Jonathan Rowson was held to a draw - by Jorge Rodriguez-Fonseca (2051).

Paul Dupre is sole leader with 3/3 and is currently in play against Mark Ruston.

Simon Williams can be very pleased with his efforts so far.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Wilson's School Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 15279

Re: Wilson's School Launch

I've spoken to one of the people who was at the event. He thought that it was very successful and is delighted with the sets which he now has for his school. I think the question is not about the production of sets and support materials - those are all in place and being distributed. That's teriffic...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Wilson's School Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 15279

Re: Wilson's School Launch

I was the catalyst for establishing the contact between Wilson's School (Neill Cooper) and Holloid. I hope everything goes well this afternoon. Unfortunately I can't be there myself, as I'm the arbiter for the GM tournament at the Big Slick International. Play in this has just commenced. I'd like to...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay game: both digital clocks reach 00:00
Replies: 34
Views: 2559

Re: Rapidplay game: both digital clocks reach 00:00

On a separate point FIDE rule B8 states for rapidplay To claim a win on time, the claimant must stop both clocks and notify the arbiter. For the claim to be successful the claimant's flag must remain up and his opponent's flag down after the clocks have been stopped. Has anyone seen any claim ever ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon May 11, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 10879

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

Jonathan Rogers wrote:Well I don't (I have the benefit of having been present at part of the said post mortem).
I didn't intend to cast any aspersions about the quality of the game. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

I'd better leave it there.
by David Sedgwick
Mon May 11, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 13522

Re: Director of Finance

It's MJR White. The ECF web site is now advertising the position as vacant, so what the status is now is unclear? Crikey. Another short lived directorship! If one considers Michael White's period of office to have lasted from the date of the recent Council Meeting to the date of the latest ECF anno...
by David Sedgwick
Mon May 11, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 10879

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

Keith Arkell wrote:This sacrifice of Terence withstood a fairly prolonged post mortem,and I have already asked Malcolm Pein if he would like me to annotate it for CHESS magazine.
Do I detect a touch of irony in this sentence?
by David Sedgwick
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?
Replies: 50
Views: 4794

Re: Any chance of The Master Game returning to tv?

The fact is if your seeing Good Looking Russian women moving around chess pieces Mr Joe Plumper is more likely to want to move the bits for the 0.0001% chance of getting to see her bits and thats the blunt cold hard truth. I remember Kirsan Ilyumzhinov putting forward similar suggestions when he fi...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Future of English Chess
Replies: 17
Views: 5193

Re: The Future of English Chess

On one front, it's possible (seriously) that Chess for Schools will emerge as a major achievement, although I'd accept that its problems over the last year have made it harder to see the positive. Andrew, Not a cat in hell's chance. I understand that some in the ECF are still bullish about this pro...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 13522

Re: Director of Finance

I presume that this is Michael J R White. Can anyone confirm that?
by David Sedgwick
Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Money for old rope...........
Replies: 25
Views: 2689

Re: Money for old rope...........

Carl Hibbard wrote:I will be keeping a close eye on this.
Fair enough, Carl. But in my opinion you were right to let Simon Williams have his say.

John Upham has taken the sword not infrequently. On this occasion he's perished with the sword.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details
Replies: 54
Views: 7886

Re: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details

What puzzled me is that 180-160 (new) is such a narrow band. Since that event is not very successful, why is it not 185-160? The U175 Division has been much more successful in 2009-09, as a result of the October 2008 rule changes increasing the permitted number of nominations. As is explained in th...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details
Replies: 54
Views: 7886

Re: April 2009 Council Meeting : Details

Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but I completely missed that the SCCU proposal would create an extra competition - I just assumed that the bands would be shifted to take account of the new grades. Given that the number of players in each county won't magically increase by 20%, where will the...