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by Angus French
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 231
Views: 20953

Re: End of an era

Seen on Twitter:
Ray Keene in The Times, 1 November 2019 wrote:Today I announce my retirement from writing The Times chess column.
by Angus French
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 115
Views: 16437

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Re Geoff's post of 11:17am today: I wonder what constitutes a top 3 match? If the move played was the engine's fourth move and had the same valuation as the the third move - would that count as a match? And what if the fourth move had a valuation within a margin of the third move's? Could that count...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14487

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I could, without direct evidence, suspect a Director's row in this case about the appointment of the Development Officer, or perhaps the terms of reference for the position. That could have lead to the delayed announcement of the appointment... Well, yes. It might also explain the decision to creat...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14487

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:46 pm
... or b) the complainant being obliged to approve the members of this committee (in theory the complainant might never be satisfied - perhaps the procedure should allow one rejection of any committee with the second selection being binding)...
Who's talking about approval?
by Angus French
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14487

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I think Tim has a point. The type of complaint - against the CEO and possibly other Board members - isn't one that's currently envisaged by the Complaints Procedure so arguably Tim, as the complainant, ought to have been consulted about the appointment of an outside adjudication panel. Without comm...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14487

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I think Tim has a point. The type of complaint - against the CEO and possibly other Board members - isn't one that's currently envisaged by the Complaints Procedure so arguably Tim, as the complainant, ought to have been consulted about the appointment of an outside adjudication panel.
by Angus French
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 35
Views: 3678

Re: Don't Understand Grading Calculation

Why not ask leagues and congresses, through their results officers, to provide estimates which could then be used as seed values for the central grading team's formula? To encourage accuracy and consistency the results officers might be asked how an estimate was derived: from an outdated grade, from...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 17
Views: 2627

Re: Women's Recruitment Officer

Tim, congratulations on your appointment. Dare I ask, will you also be working with Carl Portman, the new Development Officer, to help the federation achieve its goal of increasing female membership to 15% of the total? Edit: When I posted I also considered making the point that another male has bee...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 32
Views: 3803

Re: Development Officer appointment

... Is it not possible that Carl Portman submitted the document at his interview... Given the text starts "I am delighted to have taken up the post of the Development Officer for the English Chess Federation..." that would have been forward, no? I wonder if "September" was typed, maybe at the end o...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 15477

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

After little more than half an hour, the top board game has reached move 28 Now at move 29 and I think Sarana has a draw if he wants it. Looks winning for Sarana (who has White), maybe? You're thinking that White can march his king and pawns up the board and then somehow breakthrough or mate?
by Angus French
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 15477

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:37 pm
After little more than half an hour, the top board game has reached move 28
Now at move 29 and I think Sarana has a draw if he wants it.
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess train
Replies: 11
Views: 1952

Re: Chess train

We set off again tomorrow morning. Numbers seem to be a bit down this year, which I hope doesn't jeopardise its contiuance, given there were some doubts about its future last year which thankfully appear to have been resolved. Some info here . The Chess Train 2019 is held under the auspices of the ...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 15477

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

As well as the official commentary, Jon Speelman is broadcasting: https://twitch.tv/jonspeelman
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7304

Re: Council Papers are out

It is the case that when Malcolm Pein stood for International Director he set himself a performance indicator of financing the international teams solely through sponsorship and that this has not happened (that said, having reread the 2015 election statement the offer to resign referred specificall...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7304

Re: Council Papers are out

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:48 am
I got the impression a donation to the chess trust might now be the preferred option. I did not get a reply when I asked a few years ago and downgraded to gold in high dudgeon...
Ah, the Chess Trust is a charity and isn't able to fund professional chess.