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by John Foley
Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian article by Stephen Moss
Replies: 66
Views: 8006

Re: Guardian article by Stephen Moss

Capablanca was a diplomat. Is there an England chess player who would be suitable for such a role? Somebody loyal, charming and multi-lingual, who knows how to work a room and, here is the catch, never says anything to upset people.
by John Foley
Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dennis Morton Horne (1920-2015)
Replies: 3
Views: 1665

Re: Dennis Morton Horne (1920-2015)

Was he any relation to David Horne from the 1980s famous for squeezing a chess programme onto the Sinclair ZX81 in less than 1k of code?
by John Foley
Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

Gary Kasparov speaks on Timeless Values at the inevitably named Nexus Institute :D
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

Andrew Zigmond wrote: Nigel Short didn't exactly do himself many favours with some atrocious anti arbiter comments around the same time.

The fatal mistake. Never breach this rule. Only speak of them in reverential tones for they will never forgive or forget.
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

It is unfortunate that you found it necessary to step down from your previous position on the Board to fight a poorly thought out campaign against the serving Home Director who has a good track record in delivering successful ECF competitions. One of the many problems in the constitution of ECF is ...
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

I've never really known what the non-Executive Directors were supposed to do, but it's the first I've heard that you somehow represent individuals. This is the job description for NED: Bring their business, chess playing and organisational skills and experience to bear on the Board’s decision-makin...
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

. It was your own choice to contest the post of Home Director and your campaign failed through not understanding the membership's distaste for the various disputes within the Board that had been brought to their attention and for the CEO's inability resolve them. The Home Director openly stated at ...
by John Foley
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The arbiter nexus
Replies: 162
Views: 12880

Re: The arbiter nexus

"Nexus" describes the social network of those involved in controlling or arbiting chess events. A perceived threat to the status quo will be resisted as manifested in the ECF elections. Council demonstrated a tribal response to one of their group being challenged. We now have a Board comprising six ...
by John Foley
Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM aftermath
Replies: 231
Views: 25300

Re: ECF AGM aftermath

The strategic advisor would have stepped down on the basis of the election result announced on the day. Of course now that we know the count was flawed and the incorrect result had been announced, he may reverse his decision. Actually I am surprised by the latest result because the block-voting mech...
by John Foley
Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 39395

Re: ECF Elections 2015

Demosthenes was of course the first person to point out the existence of the controller-artbiter nexus.
by John Foley
Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Chris Clegg
Replies: 38
Views: 10815

Re: Chris Clegg

The Chris Clegg Memorial Rapidplay takes place this afternoon at the Royal Oak, New Malden. Entrants include John Nunn, Gavin Wall, Mike Healey, Russell Granat, Chris Briscoe, Julian Way, Stephen Lovell, Adam Raoof, Robin Haldane, David Rowson, Steven Coles, Alan Scrimgour, John Saunders, Bob Kane, ...
by John Foley
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:53 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Chris Clegg
Replies: 38
Views: 10815

Re: Chris Clegg

If you knew Chris Clegg or played against him, or belonged to Kingston chess club or clubs in South West London or north Surrey, then please send me a direct message for your invitation to this sociable, free event with the chance of some modest prizes.
by John Foley
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Chris Clegg
Replies: 38
Views: 10815

Re: Chris Clegg

The Clegg Memorial Rapidplay will take place on Sunday 7th June at the Royal Oak pub, 90 Coombe Rd, New Malden KT3 4RD 12-7.
Format - small groups all-play-all stage followed by knockout stage. Those who knew Chris Clegg will enjoy this informal tournament.
Entry by invitation.
by John Foley
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Chris Clegg
Replies: 38
Views: 10815

Re: Chris Clegg

ChristopherRobertArthurClegg.jpg The funeral of Chris Clegg (1.iv.1948-5.i.2015) took place at Kingston Crematorium Chapel on Tuesday 24th March 2015. It was a well-attended affair which is all the more remarkable because there were no relatives. Chris was immensely well liked not just for what he ...
by John Foley
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Rooms Required for Birmingham
Replies: 1
Views: 1630

Re: Rooms Required for Birmingham

A room is available at Birmingham. Please shout if you need one.