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by PeterFarr
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Paris Grand Chess Tour
Replies: 77
Views: 4932

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: 10182

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: 7749

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: 24483

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: 24483

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: 1413

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: 2733

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: 23508

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: 5516

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: 5516

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.
by PeterFarr
Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2016 Council meeting
Replies: 468
Views: 23508

Re: April 2016 Council meeting

No doubt Council will accept or reject the Board's recommendations as it sees fit. That is entirely within Council's right. It is also entirely within the Board's right to make proposals for Council to accept or reject as it sees fit. It doesn't seem beyond the wit of man for Council to have a deba...
by PeterFarr
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Candidates prediction
Replies: 66
Views: 4784

Re: 2016 Candidates prediction

I've gone for Karjakin Congratulations for being the only one to guess the actual winner before the start of the event! Yes well, to be honest I only voted for him because Christopher Kreuzer said "is no-one going to vote for Karjakin" But still, he seems a deserved winner in the end, having been t...
by PeterFarr
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF enewsletter
Replies: 63
Views: 5957

Re: ECF enewsletter

I, for one, welcome this initiative. I believe it's a direct way of making the membership feel involved and should be supported. Mark is inviting comments/suggestions from members so that he can shape future newsletters and I would encourage the regional movers and shakers, as well as individual me...
by PeterFarr
Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Don't You Think a Quantum Chess Computer That Solves Chess Will Play Weak Half the Time?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Don't You Think a Quantum Chess Computer That Solves Chess Will Play Weak Half the Time?

lets assume that chess is a draw which a lot of well informed people (including chess world champions) have assumed and that no start position in chess is winning. There again the top English player of yesteryear (Julian Hodgson?) who said, straight-faced, that the initial position is actually a mu...
by PeterFarr
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest English Chess Players
Replies: 118
Views: 5568

Re: Greatest English Chess Players

Blackburne would surely make the list?

Alexander maybe? - though perhaps not strong enough or English enough?