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by Simon Spivack
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Andrew, Two posts again today. However, the first is more for clarification. I am not expecting a reply. I know it goes with the territory, but here I am being held to an Anglo-Saxon level of scrutiny; you can't apply a 'sovok' level of insinuation and innuendo. 'Sovok', as opposed to 'clarity, prec...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Andrew, To cut to the chase, as you Americans put it, I have pruned some of your post in this follow-up. I know it goes with the territory, but here I am being held to an Anglo-Saxon level of scrutiny; you can't apply a 'sovok' level of insinuation and innuendo. Murky is one of those words that is f...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Andrew, I shall post twice today, this first, concerning the shift in venue from Chelyabinsk to London, is to satisfy my curiosity. It's possible you have nothing you wish to add. I know you were playing piggy in the middle of a Kremlin bun fight. Out of the blue, for some reason having to do with t...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Simon, do you really think that while still secretly plotting with AP in order to steer the ENG vote from GK to himself, then KI openly tells a newspaper about it as a done deal? If the article quotes KI claiming support from Switzerland, England, France and Spain while KI only has official support...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Simon, Happy to answer your questions. But, try to be more concrete and less allusive if you expect answers to be concrete and substantive. Andrew, In the land of Roman Malinovskii, Zubatov trade unions and the Potemkin Village it goes with the territory. You know that. "... for instance, there is ...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

Sean Hewitt gave a link to an article in the grotesquely misnamed Nezavisimaya (i.e. The Independent . It has nothing to do with the UK newspaper of that name). The Russian Independent is controlled by the Kremlin. Towards the bottom of that January interview, as highlighted by Sean, there is: ВаÑ...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

For those who are still unsure: I do not support and never have supported either Ilyumzhinov or Kasparov for President of FIDE. I have publicly stated that I advocate abstention to demonstrate disapproval of both ..... It goes without saying that my opinion/vote is but one of 9 votes on the ECF Boa...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

To avoid trouble with the limits on embedding quotes, I have snipped some of the discussion. The reader can read up-thread for the context. Malcolm Pein, Sean Hewitt and Alex Holowczak, among others, were eager to be put on Commissions under this initiative. 2) I have met with the main Chess in Scho...
by Simon Spivack
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes
Replies: 565
Views: 55907

Re: Emergency Board Meeting - Draft Minutes

REF Andrew Paulson wrote: Note: Malcolm Pein, Sean Hewitt and Alex Holowczak, among others, were eager to be put on Commissions under this initiative. Sean Hewitt wrote: I cannot speak for others, but in my case this is demonstrably false. It is also demonstrably false in my case. It's just more no...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome
Replies: 27
Views: 5274

Re: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome

That's a fascinating blog post, thanks for posting the link. Hopefully Mike will be able to remember more details and what language was used. On a minor point, with the spelling Petrosian vs Petrosyan, is it best to keyword both spellings or will most search engines find both? I'm asking because I ...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome
Replies: 27
Views: 5274

Re: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome

Having just finished my postgraduate course in computer science I hitchhiked to Bath and got to discuss computers and chess with Petrosian who correctly forecast the major role that games databases would have in the game. (I thought he was bonkers.) Mike, just out of idle curiosity, can you recall ...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 16060

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

We live, dead to the land beneath us, Ten steps away, no one hears our speeches, But where there's so much as half a conversation The Kremlin's mountaineer will get his mention. His fingers are fat as grubs And the words, final as lead weights, fall from his lips, His cockroach whiskers leer And hi...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3090
Views: 339714

Re: Media comments on chess

Or listen (worthwhile if only to hear the pronunciation of Alekhine). A good rule of thumb on such matters is to check Edward Winter's website first. On page http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/winter21.html there is CN 4284: Below is a reference to Alekhine from page 184 of Grandmasters of Chess by...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome
Replies: 27
Views: 5274

Re: Keene, Raines and Cromblehome

Having just finished my postgraduate course in computer science I hitchhiked to Bath and got to discuss computers and chess with Petrosian who correctly forecast the major role that games databases would have in the game. (I thought he was bonkers.) Mike, just out of idle curiosity, can you recall ...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What should we do next..?
Replies: 48
Views: 4015

Re: What should we do next..?

Obviously the new board members have to settle in and receive a full handover from the previous incumbent. I trust I have not yet exhausted my "teasing" credit with Andrew, who possesses the merit of being well meaning; for what he suggests has at times been a pious belief of the innocent, rather t...