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by Simon Brown
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nick Grant
Replies: 4
Views: 1489

Nick Grant

Nick Grant, Chairman of Duncan Lawrie when they supported the English chess teams, has died. I have good memories of him from my days as BCF International Director. Obituary from the Times below. "Nicholas Grant’s friendship with Ted Hughes made him the money man of choice for authors and artists, e...
by Simon Brown
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48521

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

True. If he bet that Black's king would be on c3 by move 26 he'd have cleaned up as well.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 28006

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Best guideline on all this - if it feels dodgy, it probably is.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 28006

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Not to bribe people. In my world it's to thank and recognise loyal support and to recognise the value of the business given by the customer by giving something back. It is also, patently, to win friends and influence people as Jonathan says, and there are reasons why there are rules in the civil se...
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 28006

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Not to bribe people. In my world it's to thank and recognise loyal support and to recognise the value of the business given by the customer by giving something back.

UK law is pretty strict about bribery, though I doubt the standards are quite so rigorously applied in Batumi.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

As I write we have 59 pages on the chess and 39 pages on the politics. I don't draw any conclusions from that....
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Sorry to be slow here, but do we know who has won?
by Simon Brown
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:32 am
Just idly wondering if the Women's team might achieve a higher final placing than the Open team
I think we know now.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Perhaps David is waiting for someone to look at tomorrow's potential pairings to see if a win would make life easier?
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Well, he's racked up three minutes already and if he can extract his king, it looks pretty easy.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

He doesn't need much time in the positions he will be in soon. 42 Rd7 plays itself, just need to be careful of any tricks. Could be 3½ - ½.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I think Mickey will win.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 36555

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

So, the forum got the results in exact reverse order. Not sure what that says about us and what is says about FIDE. Aternatively, given that Nigel transferred his supporters to Dvorkovich, that makes 27/46 or 58.7% of our vote, Actual result was 103/181 or 57% so we were quite close, certainly clos...
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Duda - Caruana is very complex. Might be a draw, but certainly not heading that way just yet.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43518

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:24 pm
Anand-Aronian already drawn, Duda-Caruana and Mamedyarov-Ding heading that way as well.
What makes you say that?