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by Chris Goodall
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24494

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

John Reyes wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:33 am
I feel that other people in the nccu has hijacked it and has lost the value of what the proposal is?
Rule of thumb, if the internal politics of the NCCU appear exciting, you're probably missing part of the story.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2438

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

If you wanted activity, you'd have played the Sicilian/French/1...e5/anything other than the Caro-Kann. Were any of your opening books written this millennium? :evil: They certainly were - but for every speculative sideline that spices up the Caro-Kann, you can find a speculative sideline that spic...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2438

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

If you play the Caro-Kann at club level, one thing that can get fairly tedious is playing the Caro-Kann. 7...e5 doesn't lose material, which is nice, but surely if you play the Caro-Kann you have to be mentally prepared to play pawn structure chess? 7...e5 is anti-pawn-structure chess, because it m...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24494

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

It's the same really for every national sporting or cultural body that doesn't have any or enough external financing from sponsorship or government. Quite a bit of what's collected is used to maintain an organisation capable of collection. If only we lived in a country where managers were allowed t...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2438

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

If you play the Caro-Kann at club level, one thing that can get fairly tedious is playing the Caro-Kann. 7...e5 doesn't lose material, which is nice, but surely if you play the Caro-Kann you have to be mentally prepared to play pawn structure chess? 7...e5 is anti-pawn-structure chess, because it ma...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24494

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

People ask: what do I get for the cost of membership? There can be no answer to that question - it's not ECF policy that there be an answer to that question. They have never pretended to give members £1 worth of benefits in return for £1 worth of contributions, even when grading was a difficult thi...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64191

Re: Cheating in chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:10 pm
It is also why some court cases involve the law of defamation. But you knew that.
I was talking about criminal prosecutions not civil suits, but you knew that.
by Chris Goodall
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1561

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

Recent experience at our South Manchester club, bearing out what someone said above, has been that we get more enquiries from people via Facebook than anywhere else. So pages /accounts on as many social network sites as you can be bothered with. I can add to that: dates, dates, dates. Work on the a...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64191

Re: Cheating in chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:56 am
However we do all understand that you can't just make allegations against other people if you can't make them stand up.
Sure. That's why every court case ends in a guilty verdict.
by Chris Goodall
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64191

Re: Cheating in chess

Doggers It would be nice to always go through the proper processes, the problem is that when there's a scandal the public and the media give you zero credit for going through the proper processes, if anything they penalise you. If she'd been caught cheating in a subsequent tournament, and it emerge...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CerebralGym
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: CerebralGym

It's certainly interesting, but if you're trying to collect 20 different things into one building, the ideal place for that business model is a remote Scottish island. Rather than London, where you can get any one of those 20 things to the same standard or better by jumping on a tube, without having...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CerebralGym
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: CerebralGym

Well they've invented a traditional village hall, but done in an unnecessarily expensive way in the last place that needed it. The hipsters will be thrilled.
by Chris Goodall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1561

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

What doubt? He has a history, on this forum and on facebook, of sneering at young people, old people, state-educated people, and everything outside a 10 mile radius of his own club.
by Chris Goodall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1561

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

Everyone thinks the people worse than themselves are playing crap chess. There are people who think you play crap chess. Most of them have more class than to wrap it up in casual classism. Otherwise known as a joke You learn more about a person from what makes them laugh than from what they claim t...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64191

Re: Cheating in chess

If you knew for a fact that the girl was cheating in the exact way she was alleged to have cheated, what would you do with that information? I would supply the proof to the authorities - in the first instance, to the chief arbiter. I wouldn't shout it all over the internet. In this case, of course,...