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by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

Steve Giddins specifies the President, had he simply said a member of the board then Nigel Short (also a friend of Keene's) would have been an equally logical possibility. Actually I'm a bit wary of reading too much into this business of exactly why the CAS arbitration was withheld at this stage; th...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

Steve Giddins information tends to be very sound. Also note his wording, `Sources close to the ECF presidency`. Steve Giddins makes no secret of his distaste for the ECF President but the two are known to have one very high profile mutual friend. I think we can all make the connection.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

David S: you write that you regarded going to the Olympiad as a great personal honour. You have always been a part of what I term the ECF establishment. I know you to be an honourable man, but the establishment in which you played such a key role turned a blind eye (with many other federations) as ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012
Replies: 241
Views: 32733

Re: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012

I thought hard before commenting further as I'm not sure if anybody is benefitting from this continuing debate and certainly not Lara Barnes who is working her hardest to deliver an amazing event under very difficult circumstances. Mr Gilbert speaks of a `fatwa` against the president. Alex and Lara ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012
Replies: 241
Views: 32733

Re: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012

So who’s going to North Shields? Answers beneath please! I'll be there and my entry form is ready to post. Sadly some folk down south believe the Tyne is a northern bridge too far or they can’t be bothered to learn a new language. Anyway they are either wavering or have already decided not to c...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Andrew Zigmond wrote: the chess publication that devoted a lot of space to the controversy seemed sympathetic to her position.
This one perhaps

http://www.kingpinchess.net/?p=410
Just to avoid any misunderstanding I was referring to Chess magazine which published several lengthy articles by Sarah Hurst.
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

Andrw Zigmund >Stewart Reuben was the one who removed Ms Hurst from her position as editor of ChessMoves (granted, there was a case against using an in house magazine to criticise players and officials but when the editor is taking a stand for human rights trying to gag her is a rather graceless th...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illness Over The Board
Replies: 22
Views: 2432

Re: Illness Over The Board

As with everything else a lot may come down to ethics; a player may not want to let their own team down by a default or disappoint an opposition player who doesn't get a game - even if they are in no fit state to play. From a personal perspective I found myself absolutely full of cold before a Yorks...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

To be fair one hell of a lot of work is going on behind the scenes and a lot of individuals are working flat out over this issue (not that I ever doubted it). Kirsan is well entrenched now and is going to be nigh impossible to shift. The only possible solution is for the larger chess federations to ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

I think there is a strong case for the ECF taking a stand against FIDE as much about Ilyumzhinov is beyond contempt and we can't be the only major chess federation to feel that way. However it has to be done with care as previous coups against FIDE have proved unsuccessful (I have a former world cha...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

Am I the only person to recall Sarah Hurst's campaign for the Olympiads to be boycotted when Ilyumzhinov first arrived on the scene? I don't recall Dr Short being particularly vocal then and Stewart Reuben was the one who removed Ms Hurst from her position as editor of ChessMoves (granted, there was...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACKPOOL MINOR
Replies: 63
Views: 7469

Re: THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACKPOOL MINOR

My earlier comment was rather poorly worded - of course there are other reasons for people withdrawing such as health, other commitments or forecast bad weather. My point was that there are people in lower sections who enter with more than one eye on the prize fund; I have noticed the same names wit...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACKPOOL MINOR
Replies: 63
Views: 7469

Re: THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACKPOOL MINOR

I suspect that having prize money in each section of a congress is a Pandora's box which can't be closed once opened. It would take considerable courage (or a certain amount of financial security) on the part of an organiser to run an event on the no prize money / lower entry fees model, although I...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon May 28, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: At 43, is it too late for Ivanchuk?
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: At 43, is it too late for Ivanchuk?

Carlsen (the first chess superstar to grow up without a proper world championship cycle to aspire to in fact this could probably be said of any of the players who reached world class between 1993 and the middle of the last decade. I suppose my point is that Carlsen is too young even to remember a p...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon May 28, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: At 43, is it too late for Ivanchuk?
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: At 43, is it too late for Ivanchuk?

Ivanchuk was considered the most talented of the `new wave` of players in the late eighties (he briefly pushed Karpov down to 3 in the rankings in 1989) but in the world championship that followed he surprisingly lost in the quarter final playoffs to Artur Yusopov despite being the favourite. He did...