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by NickFaulks
Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 112268

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

Well it's good news I think that FIDE have recorded all his games as losses for that tournament and taken 64 Elo points off him. I couldn't agree less. There are so many other ways to punish players, and the rating system is supposed to have something to do with how well you play chess. Giving his ...
by NickFaulks
Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 65
Views: 7357

Re: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election

Something very similar was on the go in Tallinn, probably no surprise in view of the overlap of personnel. It was top secret, and the QC was not allowed to know about it.
by NickFaulks
Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 65
Views: 7357

Re: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election

I expect that Kasparov, just like Kirsan, could not resist the temptation to do a bit of meddling in matters of which he has no understanding. The ECF Board have, according to Nigel Short, met with Kasparov on his visit to London for the Chess-in-Schools Conference. As to what they asked him about ...
by NickFaulks
Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 65
Views: 7357

Re: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election

Something which requires a bit of thought, really. You could instead have FIDE with a CEO who did the legwork, with a President purely for honorary and ceremonial purposes. After all not every country with a President as Head of State makes them their most powerful political figure as well. It seem...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

There has been a Leong attempt to allow two hour games to be rated, but that was kicked into touch by the PB. Why? It seems odd to me that the FIDE rating list for "standardplay" chess restricts games played under standardplay rules. There are no similar restrictions for rapidplay and blitz. Why sh...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

England was one of the last bastions of the appalling 90/30 time control, justifying it as the "official FIDE time control" long after that ceased to be close to the truth. Does anyone else remember the Liverpool disgrace? What on earth are you talking about? The first British events to even use 90...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Can you explain why you think, on balance, that Kirsan would not be as bad as Kasparov as FIDE President? The problem really is that Kirsan inherited the Campomanes machine for winning FIDE elections, so it probably doesn't matter what candidate is put up against him because the machine has the sup...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

As to Kasparov and Western sponsors, there is a history of a honeymoon period, following which he hacks them off. I don't think that can be changed. His own team claim that they can harness his energies, but I don't know if even they are really convinced. I doubt anyone is claiming Kasparov to be p...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

If the funds spent on Olympiads were to be available to chess in general, Yes, but they won't be. Like it or not, Olympiads are the easiest events to get bids for. The Tromso people are very excited about 2014, and have been planning it for years. If you asked them to spend a fraction of the money ...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Though it's symptom rather than cause, this helps illustrate my point: chess doesn't do well in the sponsorship-attraction stakes, even in the best of times, and tends to rely to a substantial degree on individual munificence. Accepting the point about individual munificence, you don't think perhap...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

This is going around in circles. Most "swing" federations would welcome a candidate less bad than Kirsan, but none present themselves. Why would an alternative candidate present himself or herself? Surely the inducements to "small" Federations give Kirsan a permanent majority for as long as his pat...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

What is this nonsense? Why can't they just say what they think? I would refer to the most recent minutes of ECF Board meetings http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ECF-Board-Minutes-01-Nov-13-publication-version.pdf in which External Relations Stewart Reuben is the proposed aut...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Why the Kirsan team bothered at all is beyond me, since they were always going to win comfortably. If a majority of the world's rated chess players, those who don't get subsidised trips to Olympiads, want to see the back of Kirsan and cronies, how is this ever going to happen? This is going around ...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

My impression of the 2006 campaign was that it was mostly clean, with minor infractions on both sides cancelling out. Why the Kirsan team bothered at all is beyond me, since they were always going to win comfortably. The Amsterdam playboy team did not play well in the wider world. Kok's ( or Short's...
by NickFaulks
Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 103560

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Roger de Coverly wrote:
It's now proposed within the ECF that militancy and opposition is counter-productive and that appeasement is a better strategy.

What is this nonsense? Why can't they just say what they think?