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by Chris Goodall
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 3127

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

Given that she's now representing the USA, and not IRI, I'm not sure I understand the problem. What insane troll logic is that? You ban someone from your team, they go and play for a different team, you take their absence from your team as proof that the ban isn't affecting them so you might as wel...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 5006

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

12-0 win to County A in my book. Walking out is pathetic behaviour. If I was the captain of Team B my reaction to the paper boards would have been "Excellent, now they're completely embarrassed and bound to offer us draws in better positions".
by Chris Goodall
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 3127

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

It was the federation that banned Dorsa. That's pretty well within the federation's control to un-ban her. Given that she's now representing the USA, and not IRI, I'm not sure I understand the problem. What insane troll logic is that? You ban someone from your team, they go and play for a different...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 3127

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

Looked online for information about this tournament - nothing. Maybe there's an entry form somewhere in Farsi, but the English version of the Iranian Chess Federation's page hasn't been updated since last year. And if it had, I would still say "not until you un-ban Dorsa Derakhshani". The matter wi...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Toilet facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2373

Re: Toilet facilities

At Blackpool the minor section played in an upstairs suite which was served by a set of toilets but the ladies was out of order. This meant that any female player would need to go along a lengthy corridor and down the stairs to the main lobby. At the start of the congress the arbiter announced that...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 27412

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Surprises me players are willing to play again so soon Baseball players play every day. Pace Nick Burrows, chess is less tiring than baseball. Starting pitchers play, on average, once every 5 days. A relief pitcher might play once every 2.5 days, but maybe only pitch 1 or 2 innings in each appearan...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Toilet facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2373

Re: Toliet facilities

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:00 pm
For venues in community halls and schools, it's often a common practice. I think the Congress you mention has always done it that way. Hotels open to the public are unlikely to do so.
The longer something has been done that way, the more likely it is to be in need of a rethink.
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:04 pm
Chris W has a point.
(I'm Chris G, but I can't change my forum name.)
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Toilet facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2373

Re: Toliet facilities

It's commonly believed that one issue that might dissuade more women playing chess is problems with venues. This was a classic example. Despite my playing performance for the entire weekend having been appalling, for which I take full responsibility, I might happily have considered entering this co...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

why even entertain the idea of moving the match from London? I'm not saying I want it to happen, but if it turned out that a different solution would leave everyone happier, why would you not entertain it? Because once you set an expectation that the right to organise the match will be up for re-ne...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

So any time we have an English-speaking challenger, FIDE are stuffed. An English-speaking sponsor will come along and blow them out of the water. It would still be the FIDE World Championship. Last time there was an English-speaking challenger, it wasn't. And the time before that, FIDE failed to co...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

Yes. Because what happens when a player without a sponsor comes along? FIDE would then have to somehow arrange perfectly neutral conditions for that semi-final while having a financial interest in the outcome. I can of course see that point, but doubt that it would make much impression on the playe...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 3127

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

Looked online for information about this tournament - nothing. Maybe there's an entry form somewhere in Farsi, but the English version of the Iranian Chess Federation's page hasn't been updated since last year. And if it had, I would still say "not until you un-ban Dorsa Derakhshani".
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

For the integrity of the game there must, must, must be a venue and purse in place before the identity of the challenger is known. Is that necessarily true? Suppose the challenger were decided in a semi-final match, as used to be the case, and each contender had a sponsor who would put up a generou...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: America want the World Title Match

Presumably he would have to agree to this, or can his wishes be ignored if there is enough money involved? What's he going to do? No way can Carlsen unilaterally pull out and retain the title. He's already cashed in his champion privilege by not playing in the Candidates tournament. The quid pro qu...