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by Simon Spivack
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: How often does a reviewer read the book under scrutiny?
Replies: 23
Views: 5107

Re: How often does a reviewer read the book under scrutiny?

How about adding something to the comments underneath the review in question, Simon?? :) I like the smile. There weren't any comments when I composed my article (I write in Windows notepad, logging on to the English Chess Forum comes later. There is less chance of being cut off mid-post). I see tha...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: How often does a reviewer read the book under scrutiny?
Replies: 23
Views: 5107

How often does a reviewer read the book under scrutiny?

I'll tell the reader: I don't know. However, there has been a recent instance where a critic appears to have dipped into a text to find examples of mistakes, whilst showing no knowledge of, empathy for or understanding of the subject. I refer to a recent review of Averbakh's memoirs. It can be found...
by Simon Spivack
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Practical Issues with Implementing ECF Membership
Replies: 163
Views: 13410

Re: Practical Issues with Implementing ECF Membership

If your understanding of the new scheme is different to this, please inform us. It's "similar to" and "different from". When I am not sure of something, or am about to challenge someone, I usually take the precaution of looking it up. When I tackle someone's use of language, it is occasionally prom...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership database online?
Replies: 36
Views: 5195

Re: Membership database online?

Note, too, that the pop up windows don't automatically display a navigation tool bar, a minor nuisance, for I often click on the "go-back" button. just right-click on the page, select "back" from the menu and you get the same action This is untrue. I find repeatedly right clicking to bring up the c...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership database online?
Replies: 36
Views: 5195

Re: Membership database online?

I have partially integrated the ECF membership database, ECF grading database and my League Management software and an example can be seen at http://www.londonchess.org.uk/ Is this now the official site of the London League? It's more up to date than the old one. As a Firefox user who deploys Cooki...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Appeal for Board Support
Replies: 185
Views: 26696

Re: Appeal for Board Support

"I don't call you f**k Face" About twenty years ago I was shocked when I witnessed a five year old calling his mother a sexually active female canine, only more succinctly. Still, I fail to see what this lewd signature brings to the party. Can anyone reconcile I know, as I think many folk do, that ...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership database online?
Replies: 36
Views: 5195

Re: Membership database online?

I'm obviously being totally thick. Since I can already access the ECF Membership list and the Voting Register on the ECF website, why would I wish to access them somwhere else instead? I believe John means access programmatically . For instance a league secretary might wish to download the data aut...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Registration with FIDE
Replies: 55
Views: 6552

Re: Registration with FIDE

Anyone who is not cynical of FIDE knows nothing of how it operates. Kirsan and his mates have simply dreamed up yet another scam to divert large amounts of money into the current accounts of FIDE representatives of non-chess playing nations in return for their support, whilst he creams off the rest...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Caro-Khan Defence
Replies: 19
Views: 7340

Re: Caro-Khan Defence

Gordon Cadden wrote:... United Synagogue Cemetery in East Ham ...
This, coupled with the links to Prussia, make it close to a certainty that Caro was Ashkenazi.

Given that he died in 1920, was he one of the countless victims of the Spanish Influenza?
by Simon Spivack
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52492

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

I shall adopt the motto of my favourite comic as my guide and write without fear and without favour. Safe in the knowledge that I shall offend a few delicate souls. I do not approve of the personal attacks that some have launched on this and related threads. I write as one who has ribbed Roger in th...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52492

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

A flat membership fee was preferable for its simplicity, but did seem unattractive to club players. It's this sort of assertion that underlines the problems with an ersatz timocracy. I recall that that was how the vote went at the last meeting. On the other hand, we've had some club treasurers indi...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52492

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

I don't recall any further references to Mr Ashcroft in the past six months... Many thanks for bringing this up. The prevailing omerta does make me wonder whether Stephen Ashcroft quite realised what he was letting himself in for when he volunteered. Fortunately, an assurance from Andrew can easily...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52492

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

I don't think the proposed scheme changes this much. Your league or county estimate in October of Game Fee is zero (you tell the ECF you expect everyone to be a member). Assuming the ECF can rewrite the calculation routine to reflect the proposed 85% rule, then you still get a bill at the end of th...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52492

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

Good p%ss-take, Michele? I'm dying to read page 90 I make it 45 not out at the moment. I'll bowl just the one ball today. Some people have no stamina. 1993-1995 was the era during which Game Fee was introduced. Levy was a system whereby counties, just counties, not leagues, paid the BCF a membershi...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Appeal for Board Support
Replies: 185
Views: 26696

Re: Appeal for Board Support

The fund-raising dinner last Autumn at Simpsons featuring Karpov and Kasparov had been arranged by CJ and RDK. A number of prominent and senior figures had been in attendance as well as several of the top players. Whilst the influence and presence of RDK had been commented on adversely by at least ...