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by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JT if you do not believe me, I cannot help you further. On any definition of "independence" there should be no beneficial connection between the parties. Hence proving independence is equivalent to proving a negative - a fruitless exercise. To move the discussion forwards, why don't you tell us why ...
by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:53 pm
Do you still claim you are independent of all the candidates?
I won't repeat myself.
by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43424

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Without these fine people, the Batumi Olympiad would not have taken place. Is there a collective term for Arbiters?
by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Justin, the pertinent question is whether Arkady works for Vladimir.
by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28
Replies: 36
Views: 4420

Re: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28

I suggest putting car parking details on the website somewhere. The one off Penrhyn road is a bit confusing to get to (as is the one near the station)and you don't want to circumnavigate the one-way system too much! The big car parks next to the shopping centres do get full at weekends sometimes. H...
by John Foley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

I thought you were backing Makro and assisting his campaign. JT, if you were to read the thread you would see that I was not connected with the ECF delegation and nor was I part of any campaign group. As an official with the ECU, I refrain from expressing political opinions. I had conversations wit...
by John Foley
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

John, you might like to reflect on your choice of candidate and their policies. JT, the ECF Board decides which FIDE presidential candidate to support. To remind you of its clear and principled grounds: the Board felt unable to support the candidacy of Arkady Dvorkovich, or anyone connected with it...
by John Foley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Both major candidates had stalls at the Olympiad. There were speeches at the Assembly. Sure, but where was the opportunity to ask questions in public of each of the candidates assembled together prior to the election? The nearest thing we got to this during the Congress was at a conference New Gove...
by John Foley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

I think Dvorkovich pitching the gifts and entertainment at a level he could defend if he had to, which is what you'd expect from someone with his background. Paul is correct, this was a streamlined operation, fully deniable. The party invitation didn't say who it was from. In the UK, election publi...
by John Foley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

John Foley works for Malcolm. As an independent service provider, I have collaborated with Malcolm and CSC for many years on the London Chess Conference and other chess and education events. I was in Batumi as Secretary of the ECU Education Commission. I spoke to Arkady about chess in schools and h...
by John Foley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27591

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

There were two types of chess game being played at Batumi - one was on the board and the other was geo-political. The state-backed candidate indeed ran an impressive campaign. Goody bags for delegates were thoughtfully placed in their hotel rooms and beneath their tables in the election hall. A ches...
by John Foley
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 5771

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

"Our AGM was the best attended in years with a dozen officers appointed." Wow - what are they all doing!? Off topic, but here goes: President: Ken Inwood Chair: John Foley Treasurer: Adam Nakar Secretary: Alan Scrimgour Fixtures Sec: Nick Grey Liaison Officer: Stephen Moss IT Officer: Ed Mospan Soc...
by John Foley
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 5771

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

John Foley's club (Kingston) is struggling at the moment. Kingston is indeed struggling - struggling to keep up with the surge in our membership and the enthusiasm of our members. We recently reached the final of the Surrey team knockout in an exciting match v Surbiton which was covered in the Surr...
by John Foley
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 5771

Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Is there a way to measure whether the teams in an amateur league have an equitable distribution of strengths? Typically, some teams have several strong players whereas other teams struggle to put out even moderate players. The resultant matches are often unsatisfactory to both sides. This is relevan...
by John Foley
Thu May 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 7
Views: 1469

Re: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

Although Surrey matches are invariably genteel affairs conducted in salubrious surroundings, glasses brimming with Pimm's, this doesn't mean that our players have lost the competitive urge. Chris Briscoe faces John Nunn's Sicilian Najdorf. Game on!
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