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by JustinHorton
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kramnik 10/1 to win game 7 with White (or even with Black!)
Replies: 25
Views: 10421

Re: Kramnik 10/1 to win game 7 with White

Those do sound like good odds. Unfortunately as my personal financial situation consists of €40 in a Spanish bank account and a rather larger deficit in my sterling position, I am in the position of recommending a bet which I'm not actually prepared to make. I reckon that would be worth twenty qui...
by JustinHorton
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 36455

Re: No news is bad news

The initial formal press release by the ECF was premature This may be a reasonable point: I can understand why people who seem to have negotiated something good might want to tell the world about it, but you do stand to look silly if what you've said is going to happen, doesn't subsequently happen....
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??
Replies: 118
Views: 9004

Re: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??

Exactly. My experience in various organisations has always been that those that communicate with their members tend to thrive, while those that don't usually fail. Yeah. It's one reason why S&B have a blog - and before that, we had a monthly emailing, which doesn't sound so much now , but made a lo...
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?

Chessery, yes, I think that's very good. Thanks ever so much.
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?

Ah, OK, thanks. Presumably that's the chap himself with the 'tache.
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 17
Views: 2521

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

God no. Particularly if you had to get the 7pm coach back to London on the Sunday evening.
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is wrong with the ECF ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2107

Re: What is wrong with the ECF ?

Whats wrong with the ECF?- Martin Regan spelt it out months ago but concluded they organisation could not be radically changed while the current 'sytem' prevailed. This might or might not be right but as stated, it seems to me to be a tautology: what's wrong with the system is that the system is wr...
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?

Ah, the second bit looks just the job, ta. But the first bit still needs a little attention! And I suppose I still don't know whether it's actually Russian or Ukranian. (It's a source for the current Streatham and Brixton Chess in Art series , which finishes this current Saturday, save for an append...
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??
Replies: 118
Views: 9004

Re: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??

Ernie Lazenby wrote:what's silly?
I'm sure you know very well what's silly.
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Are there any Russian speakers on this forum?

If so, would anybody be able to translate the titles (both the big red one and the little one above it) here? (I'm assuming they are Russian, but I suppose they could as easily be Ukranian, given the presence of Kharkiv in the URL).
by JustinHorton
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??
Replies: 118
Views: 9004

Re: Nominations for October 2008 AGM??

Ernie Lazenby wrote: The behaviour of the ECF is akin to the stasi in East Germany and the KGB in the USSR.
Don't be silly.
by JustinHorton
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 36455

Re: No news is bad news

You on the other hand seem to have spent too long in left fascist organisations to recall what membership accountability might involve. Could you talk us through this, please? I'm keen to know precisely what you mean. Do be as specific as possible, please, I think the terms you use are strong enoug...
by JustinHorton
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is wrong with the ECF ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2107

Re: What is wrong with the ECF ?

Chris - I'm sure it does! But the world has changed much (the form in which we are communicating comes to mind) since we played each other in Hertfordshire chess in the Seventies and I think it is time for a no-holds-barred rethink. One thing that I think about, for instance, is that chess needs to ...
by JustinHorton
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 36455

Re: No news is bad news

In sum, C4S is currently dead in the water, a dead parrot, fell off its perch, deceased, an ex-parrot. Holloid won't deliver because Holloid can't deliver. There will be no 250,000 chess sets from Holloid. Does that make Holloid a bad company? Probably not; it probably intended to do something at o...
by JustinHorton
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is wrong with the ECF ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2107

Re: What is wrong with the ECF ?

I think it's not entirely clear to anybody, perhaps not even the ECf themselves, what the organisation is for and what it's trying to achieve. I think it's true that most positive things in recent years have come from outside the ECF, but I don't think that, in itself, is a criticism. It might even ...