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by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals day 2 July
Replies: 142
Views: 13038

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: 10980

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: 33846

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: 33846

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: 13038

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".
by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Paris Grand Chess Tour
Replies: 77
Views: 4993

Re: Paris Grand Chess Tour

All good knockabout stuff, and highly entertaining. Professionally presented as well. The future of chess as a spectator sport? I find the blitz games just too quick to follow; no time to get into viewing a game properly. The rapidplay is better for an online spectator, or maybe that's just age sho...
by PeterFarr
Mon May 30, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU Referendum - in or out?
Replies: 226
Views: 10670

Re: EU Referendum - in or out?

I think withdrawing from any supranational body in the current geopolitical climate is a backward step. Countries both individually and together need to step up and stand firm and work to resolve problems, rather than backing away from them. The same applies to Jordan as well. Well written, Chris. ...
by PeterFarr
Thu May 26, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017
Replies: 122
Views: 8046

Re: British Championship 2017

A few points: 1) I agree with Mike that it's an operational decision, and not one for Council. Deciding a tournament format on one day through the voting of a roomful of 40 people or so strikes me as likely to result in farce ( "hmm so we are tied on 9 rounds or 11, let's compromise on 10.." Etc.). ...
by PeterFarr
Tue May 17, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM aftermath
Replies: 231
Views: 25129

Re: ECF AGM aftermath

While acknowledging Roger's more comprehensive grasp of events, I think the main point is that the Board has been decisive and creative, preferring to act now and justify their decision at the next opportunity. It seems that they have attracted a well qualified candidate, and they deserve applause f...
by PeterFarr
Tue May 17, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM aftermath
Replies: 231
Views: 25129

Re: ECF AGM aftermath

Sarah Longson has not been appointed a director but is a director designate precisely because Council would need to effect her appointment as a director, including by passing a resolution to increase from ten the limit on the number of directors. Thank you for the clarification, and very good to se...
by PeterFarr
Fri May 06, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best player never to win the World Championship
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Bronstein for me as he was so desperately close in 1951. That's a rather biased view as he's my favourite player; Keres and Korchnoi were nearer the top for longer. Then there's Schlechter of course..
by PeterFarr
Tue May 03, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

Oh, Casablanca at San Sebastian must be worth a shout. I'm sure Humphrey and Ingrid would have had something to say on the matter if the producers had switched the location. :wink: http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/chess-goes-to-movies-casablanca.html?m=1 One day you'll regret it....
by PeterFarr
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2016 Council meeting
Replies: 468
Views: 24395

Re: April 2016 Council meeting

Bob Kane banned Carl from the ECF forum for a time because "he pi**ed me off", so the current situation is ironic. But two wrongs don't make a right. Martin Regan is surely correct to say that banning people is the wrong way to go.
by PeterFarr
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi
Replies: 24
Views: 5816

Re: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi

I think it's hard for serious chess players to be objective about this sort of thing FIDE has a long standing policy of awarding titles based on relative performance in its events. Perhaps with the extension of ratings down to 1000 they could reconsider. An Elo of 1600 is broadly equivalent to 125 ...
by PeterFarr
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi
Replies: 24
Views: 5816

Re: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi

I think it's hard for serious chess players to be objective about this sort of thing; it's easy to groan inwardly at the hype, but then overlook the genuinely interesting story underneath.