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by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

With respect to the actual question of the referendum, I believe many Italians feel that good intentions (reducing the complexity of the law-making process and reducing the size/cost of parliament) were poorly implemented (major source of concern that the senators would be in practice named as oppo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

With respect to the actual question of the referendum, I believe many Italians feel that good intentions (reducing the complexity of the law-making process and reducing the size/cost of parliament) were poorly implemented (major source of concern that the senators would be in practice named as oppo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

What I am saying here is that I suspect more people would vote "no" if the question was put to them, "Do you want Brussels to set your tax rate" That's for sure, but do you think the answer from the UK population would be any different to the question "do you want London to set your tax rate?" But ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Alan Walton wrote:What I am saying here is that I suspect more people would vote "no" if the question was put to them, "Do you want Brussels to set your tax rate"
That's for sure, but do you think the answer from the UK population would be any different to the question "do you want London to set your tax rate?"
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Matteo Renzi seemed, on the face of it, to be proposing very sane things in the Italian referendum and his defeat appears to be on the back of more anti-establishment feeling (although I can understand Italians being wary of changes to the constitution which potentially reduce limits on executive p...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brexit in practise
Replies: 15
Views: 1717

Re: Brexit in practise

Good to buy now anyway. Next spring it will be even worse after article 50. But do not worry, shortly afterwards there will be a flurry of British startup companies taking advantage of the low pound and producing competing digital clocks. I appreciate the sarcasm, but the Shitters will take your st...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever
Replies: 26
Views: 5828

Re: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever

Tony Miles once reviewed Eric Schiller's book Unorthodox Chess Openings in two words: "Utter crap," which is about as concise a review of a bad chess book as you can get. That's quite surprising given the opening he used to defeat Anatoly Karpov in the European Team Championship in Skara in 1980! H...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brexit in practise
Replies: 15
Views: 1717

Re: Brexit in practise

Purchased 10 chess clocks yesterday, price quoted was £280, with discount. Similar purchases in February and June cost £235. Reason given: Brexit. Good to buy now anyway. Next spring it will be even worse after article 50. But do not worry, shortly afterwards there will be a flurry of British start...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 31029

Re: EU referendum aftermath

It will be very interesting to see who is joining Trump's cabinet. Of all the rumors, I find it particularly interesting who is suggested as Secretary of the Treasury with the president elected by working/middle class folks angry at the effects of globalization. Of all people you'd think that a for...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Championship Final Round Predictions
Replies: 22
Views: 1648

Re: World Championship Final Round Predictions

I predict a surprise opening novelty from Karjakin to win the match!
After all, he supposedly had plenty of money and people to help his opening preparation, he must have some secret weapons available.
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33462

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Minor curiosity: it seems that Karjakin will gain Elo rating points at the end of the match, even if losing the last two games. Similarly Carlsen will certainly lose Elo rating points, unless I missed some fine print in the rules.
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33462

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

This is really boring. Seriously? I found the game really gripping. Have enjoyed the whole match too. I agree, the match is not boring at all. Some games are more intense than other but the chess24 commentators always make do with the game at hand for an entertaining display. If you think any of th...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33462

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Do you really think the US would place on the sanctions list someone whose wrongdoing is based on no other evidence than "some press cuttings"? Yes I do, particularly if, as it appears, they are saying that themselves. If the only evidence supporting your last statement is the press conference of K...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33462

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Yeah, right. :-) Sorry, are you making some point? Just replying with the same tone you used to my comment about the US government following their own due process with sanctions and wondering if Kirsan really tried to board that plane or he just went to the airport after making sure he would not be...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33462

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Presumably Krsan's non-appearance in New York means that he is, in fact, banned from travel to the USA. Yes, that, or he might be afraid he might not be allowed to leave from the USA once there... endless speculation is possible in all directions... We know he tried to board a plane to the US once ...