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by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Champions Showdown in St Louis
Replies: 9
Views: 844

Re: 2107 Champions Showdown in St Louis

The players are getting paid very well for this circus, but does it really have to represent the future of top level chess? This does not represent the future at all, if anything it represents the past: in the last century, before the widespread introduction of the DGT clocks, everyone played blitz...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1728

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Karpov's loss to an obscure untitled German in a 1983 (all play all) tournament has to be up there. Think it has been mentioned on here (and the game posted) before....... This one maybe: [Event "FRG-ch International"] [Site "Hannover FRG"] [Date "1983.08"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "1"] [Result "0-1"...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: News and Support
Topic: PGN and POS
Replies: 7
Views: 2986

Re: PGN and POS

Everything should be back to normal with posting games and positions. As a reminder, in order to post a game you should use the pgn tag with the full game score. For example: [pgn] [Event "London league"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2017.10.23"] [Round "?"] [White "Casaschi, Paolo"] [Black "My oppone...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

(You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are proportional to activity. The admin overload of doing that is ridiculous.) Please explain why. You collect from a few hundred organisations instead of several thousand or tens of thousand individuals. Is it not the case that the ECF O...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Council said no. In my memory, the option was never put to them. "Membership" was always equated to a "one man, one sub" system. Let's put it another way: they rejected options in which Game Fee was the primary method of funding. (You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are prop...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

The situation is that, for example, the latest FIDE rating list (if I did the pivot table right) has 2923 players for ENG, 19439 for FRA and 22897 for GER. You certainly can try to find issues and excuses for that That is an extremely simple one to answer - the ECF has taxed FIDE rated chess almost...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

If it's anything like Spain then comparisons with England are pretty difficult simply because the whole way chess is organised is very different. Yes, in those countries chess is simply better organized and attracts a wider audience, including younger people. But isn't the chess federation role to ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

English chess players don't want to pay much to the federation, and to some extent get the federation they pay for; government support has been withdrawn, and local authorities don't support chess any more (I've been to chess events in Town Halls in Rochdale, Bolton, Bury & Manchester, but they now...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

And I'm confident their member forum is better as well ;-) with fewer grumpy complainers. Really? My impression is that the French federation's infighting makes our debates here look quite mild. The comment about the forum is obviously a joke. Instead, the difference in strength between the ECF and...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

So if I get Paolo correctly he is saying that a good federation has more players with FIDE grades, more members and more money. Boils down to saying that Barclays is a better bank than the Cumberland Building Society because it is bigger. I'm still glad I've moved from the former to the latter, how...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Well Paolo's told us one way of interpreting the question. No clue as to the answer, however! The clue is in the comparison... just match the ECF against the German and French federations in terms of financials, number of members, number of FIDE rated members and so on... you can't help wondering w...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Well Paolo's told us one way of interpreting the question. No clue as to the answer, however! The clue is in the comparison... just match the ECF against the German and French federations in terms of financials, number of members, number of FIDE rated members and so on... you can't help wondering w...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 13519

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

When you say ECF, do you mean Council, the board, the federation as a whole or another definition? and compared to what? For example, compared to other European countries like Germany and France: similar population, similar economy, but very different financials for the national federation and very...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 382
Views: 26444

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Again, it doesn't matter what people say just look at the pairings; it doesn't surprise me a Russian thinks its a conspiracy, even Yifan has apologised in an official statement While showing her unhappiness with the pairing against women, I have not seen any explanation from Hou Yifan why it is so ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: I wanna become a GM
Replies: 76
Views: 12785

Re: I wanna become a GM

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:What should I do to become a GM?
Not a guarantee, but wasting less time on internet forums and similar could be a good start.
Instead working on chess and practicing might be your best chance to improve.