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by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

I didn't realise you know how millions of people think. No doubt Mrs May will be begging you to offer her your infinite wisdom. Please stop making wide sweeping claims which you cannot even begin to substantiate. Well I can try; this for example: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/06/24/7-ch...
by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Glorney Gilbert International 2016
Replies: 34
Views: 8575

Re: Glorney Gilbert International 2016

Could you explain why you say the event was an operational disaster? There is nothing for example, in the report by the Irish team to indicate any issues, or was that politeness? On the question of selection / availability, it is still school term time for many state schools, which may have had an i...
by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Dragoljub Sudar wrote:
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
MartinCarpenter wrote:Meanwhile, America are reminding us that, yes, it could be a lot worse! Maybe 8 years of having a decent, intelligent person (and a brilliant orator) in the white house has freaked them out.
:?: :?: :?: When was that?
Right now, as most intelligent and fair-minded people would agree.
by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bishop pair verse Knight pair
Replies: 18
Views: 2151

Re: Bishop pair verse Knight pair

I think it was in Mihai Suba's book "Dynamic Chess Strategy" that he gave a quip about Knights being stronger on the edge of the board because they don't waste so much of their energy on too many squares.
by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

I'm getting really tired of hearing Scots insisting that they must be allowed special treatment when Brexit terms are decided, on the basis that they voted not to leave. They were given the option of becoming an independent nation quite recently and for reasons which mystified me they said no thank...
by PeterFarr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Player of the Year
Replies: 51
Views: 6212

Re: Player of the Year

David Sedgwick wrote:
PeterFarr wrote:
Then in the spirit of the razzies, perhaps:

...
- best performance by an arbiter in a leading role
- worst venue of the year.
:-)
I fear conflation of the last two into:

- worst performance by an arbiter in a leading role

:shock: nervous :shock:
Ha ! I think you are safe enough :-)
by PeterFarr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Player of the Year
Replies: 51
Views: 6212

Re: Player of the Year

While very happy to give credit to the ECF for broadening the nominations process and achieving a welcome outcome, I tend to agree that it would be good to have some judging criteria. But that leads to the thought that maybe it would be possible to have more than one award. At risk of making the ECF...
by PeterFarr
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

May looks depressingly electable via a sane competence pitch The prospect of a sane, competent PM doesn't depress me all that much. It's been a while. Suddenly find myself agreeing with Nick - though I'm a centre-left remainer I can see the value of a safe pair of hands. Can't we import Merkel thou...
by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals day 2 July
Replies: 142
Views: 12010

Re: Finals day 2 July

Absolutely. The legendary openness and transparency of FIDE is a model for us all. Nonetheless, what I said is true, and if you could have produced a counterexample instead of the usual invective you would have done. If a FIDE Appeals Committee had taken this decision it would have been published. ...
by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals day 2 July
Replies: 142
Views: 12010

Re: Finals day 2 July

Absolutely. The legendary openness and transparency of FIDE is a model for us all. Nonetheless, what I said is true, and if you could have produced a counterexample instead of the usual invective you would have done. If a FIDE Appeals Committee had taken this decision it would have been published. ...
by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals day 2 July
Replies: 142
Views: 12010

Re: Finals day 2 July

A detailed explanation has been given. It just hasn't been given to you. See Alex's post above. Fair enough, FIDE would have published it, because they've learned the hard way that not doing so only leads to trouble. Absolutely. The legendary openness and transparency of FIDE is a model for us all.
by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Maths/Stats Question
Replies: 106
Views: 10075

Re: Maths/Stats Question

Jonathan Bryant wrote:Independence Day: Resurgence

Tediously stupid. A cynical rehashing of tired narratives constructed purely to enrich the careers of those who made it happen. Will appeal to xenophobes and simpletons.

No chess.
Very good :-)
Though also tragic :-(
by PeterFarr
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

I took out Ireland and Scotland on the basis that they are keen to leave the uk so their 'stay' votes would be leaving along with them. They aren't. They weren't - Scotland I think may well go this time, and honestly good luck to them. They've started preparing the ground. I've no idea about the ta...
by PeterFarr
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32121

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Joey Stewart wrote:I took out Ireland and Scotland on the basis that they are keen to leave the uk so their 'stay' votes would be leaving along with them.
They aren't.
by PeterFarr
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals day 2 July
Replies: 142
Views: 12010

Re: Finals day 2 July

NickFaulks wrote: But that's not the full story, is it? I was there, and regard that result as ludicrous.
From the EU referendum thread:
NickFaulks wrote:A final thought on this one. I always chuckle at the view "it's terrible that such vital matters should be decided by only 52%. It should be the 48% that I'm in".