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by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illness Over The Board
Replies: 22
Views: 2439

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: 32060

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: 32060

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: 32060

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: 7489

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: 7489

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: 922

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: 922

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...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 27, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aaron Summerscale simul - Harrogate
Replies: 1
Views: 1004

Aaron Summerscale simul - Harrogate

Harrogate Chess Club were pleased to welcome GM Aaron Summerscale for a simultaneous display this afternoon. Twenty two people took part, the majority from Harrogate but entrants also came from Ilkley, Alwoodley and some from even further away. There were two draws from Harrogate top board Mick Stok...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri May 25, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What has the ECF Marketing Director done for us?
Replies: 32
Views: 4378

Re: What has the ECF Marketing Director done for us?

I know this is slightly off topic but I have to ask; has anyone seen or heard anything of the ghost otherwise known as our President? For the record, I've seen CJ at four events during his current term of office. To be 100% fair CJ seems to be concentrating on acting at the moment and he does have ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu May 24, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anand v Gelfand
Replies: 500
Views: 25890

Re: Anand v Gelfand

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_world_championship_matches A few things struck me about that list: 1933, 1935 and 1937 were held (collectively) in 30 cities. Can you imagine that happening nowadays? 1981 (Karpov-Korchnoi) was only 18 games because it was "first to 6 wins". There have bee...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29702

Re: Finance Council Meeting

At the risk of muddying the waters Raymond Keene himself credits CJ with raising much of the sponsorship and stated that he merely helped with a few contacts. I think it more than likely that once CJ had the sponsorship money he alone used it to make the championship the success it should have been....
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29702

Re: Finance Council Meeting

It does appear that de Mooi was the one who obtained the sponsorship and got all the top players there, making Sheffield the success it was. I can understand why he (and his supporters) are quite upset that his reward has been abuse and condemnation from many in the chess community. The T shirt itse...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29702

Re: Finance Council Meeting

I keep coming back to this point because it is arguably the sole one that has not been addressed. Back in October Alex wrote quite passionately about the impact of the T shirt incident and its resulting fallout on Lara; most critically the damage to her health and confidence and the stain it could c...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29702

Re: Finance Council Meeting

Whilst the governance issue is important in itself, it's also true that I have said many time before that CJ should resign. That would be the more dignified way, surely - and he'd also be less likely to whinge about anyone in the ECF to the mainstream press, something which apparently cannot be rul...