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by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

>Some arbiters are more involved in organisation than others but to dismiss them as `functionaries` is pretty ignorant. They make chess in this country happen, why shouldn't they have a voice?

Do referees have an equivalent voice in the running of football? Or indeed in any other sport?
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

>I suspect there were three factors operating here: >1. Not producing an election manifesto/statement Oh for God's sake. You and he both post enough on here. If it's important to you and you really need to know, ask him. > 2. Not attending the meeting Oh, for God's sake. He was spending time running...
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

> If you don't like the way Council is run, you might want to think about standing for office yourself and changing the system. Didn't some people try just that a few years ago (with my full support and that of every player I know), and conclude that the system was just too resistant to change? Anyw...
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

>It is hard work getting players, pretty strong ones, involved I seem to remember Peter trying to get involved a year or two ago. He's a strong player. Malcolm Pein's a strong player. He tried to get involved and what happened then? Jack's a strong player. Adam's quite a strong player. Lawrence is a...
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

Who *are* these people?? I mean, seriously. WTF is Ben Edgell, for example?

And why on earth are arbiters half-running the Council (supposing that statement to be true). Arbiters are useful and all, but at the same time they're just functionaries.
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: European Chess Club Cup
Replies: 43
Views: 3410

Re: European Chess Club Cup

>Just a fabulous win by a decent bloke (over a decent bloke, I'd assume)

Yes, I'm looking forward to hearing how Gelfand's fabled courtesy stood up to the occasion. I'd imagine a suggestion of a post-mortem would have been a fair test of his self-control.
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012
Replies: 333
Views: 23410

Re: ECF Annual General Meeting 13 October 2012

Good grief. Not for the first time it's brought home to me what an utter pack of idiots the ECF Council are. I suppose if I could be bothered to follow some of these links I could find out which idiots they are exactly, but I can't. The most irritating thing is their ridiculous prejudice against peo...
by John Cox
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: European Chess Club Cup
Replies: 43
Views: 3410

Re: European Chess Club Cup

Go Simon!

Bit harsh Leonard's observations on the commercial position, I feel! It's not like this is some weird opening Simon took up yesterday.
by John Cox
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: GM Conquest for President?
Replies: 132
Views: 12497

Re: GM Conquest for President?

So who are the three employees then? And how on earth does the thing run with a CEO who presumably has a real job at the same time? It's no wonder they're such a total shower.

How does the English Bridge Union do it, I wonder? They're pretty much of a shower too, but at least a more stable shower.
by John Cox
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: GM Conquest for President?
Replies: 132
Views: 12497

Re: GM Conquest for President?

I really don't know the first thing about the ECF. Are we saying the CEO is both salaried and elected annually? Surely not?
by John Cox
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: GM Conquest for President?
Replies: 132
Views: 12497

Re: GM Conquest for President?

Good grief, Stuart would be prepared to become the President? And there's still a debate going on?

Hell, I know Steve Giddins isn't always right, but on this occasion, it truly is a no-brainer. I don't even know who Roger Edwards is - I'm sure he's splendid - but Stuart would be excellent.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: London Chess Classic 2012

Doh! I told you it was stupidity on my part.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

London Chess Classic 2012

I'm sure there's a simple answer to this, probably connected to some stupidity on my part, but I was idly browsing their website the other day, and it seemed to budget for nine rounds, but only nine players.

Is it me? Or is there some plan I can't think of which means there will be nine rounds?
by John Cox
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbiter Question
Replies: 48
Views: 4619

Re: Arbiter Question

>No, because of the definition of what flag fall means 6.8 wrote: A flag is considered to have fallen when the arbiter observes the fact or when either player has made a valid claim to that effect. It doesn't say 'only' when that happens. >The rules can't allow witness evidence because witnesses may...
by John Cox
Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbiter Question
Replies: 48
Views: 4619

Re: Arbiter Question

It strikes me that rule 6.11 could usefully be improved by saying what the hell is supposed to happen next if it *is* possible to establish which flag fell first. But maybe the answer is in some other part of the rules.