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by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 753
Views: 88164

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm sure Jon Ashworth could help out with suitably convincing arguments . As not everyone will click on the link. please could I make it clear that the reference is to John Ashworth the Labour politician. NOT to his namesake John Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer of Caplin Systems, the new sponsors...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1939

Re: Development News (ECF website)

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:49 pm
For obvious historical reasons, I'm really against threatening to sue people involved in chess
99% of them don't have any money, so it isn't worth it?
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 753
Views: 88164

Re: Cheating in chess

"Just my view." I agree. I quite accept what Alex says and it is understandable, but if the player does return and does something wrong, it will be a "first offence". If there had been some sort of investigation, the verdict on the previous case could affect that. Agreed For what it is worth, given...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 10827

Re: Hastings Congress

Entries to the Masters now exceed 100, so according to the entry form accelerated pairings will be used Probably, but there is still the (small) possibility that enough players take first round byes that they aren't used. Why on earth do you think that first round byes have anything to do with it? ...
by Brian Towers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3196
Views: 351336

Re: Media comments on chess

According to this website:
In a 4-dimensional-chess move no one saw coming, the People’s Vote campaign have written to the Electoral Commission asking that they be investigated over apparent dodgy donations
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 3270

Re: General Election 2019

I wonder if Jonathan Rowson (who takes a keen interest in political matters) might stand for election one day? Fishing for a definition of unelectable? A bit harsh. Here in the North of England there are still many places where, were he to staple a red rosette to his forehead, he would have a 10,00...
by Brian Towers
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?
Replies: 0
Views: 552

Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?

This document on the FIDE website recently caught my eye. It is an invitation to tender for a clock contract. 1. Invitation to Bid (ITB) FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the following purposes: 1.1 to grant a right for certain models of chess clocks to be designated as a “FIDE Championship C...
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 13610

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

So much easier when you have a picture of the player, sat on the bog, tape still hanging off his rolled up trouser leg, busy fingering his phone.
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1562

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

It's a very silly suggestion. Saying "Would you like a draw" is not the only way to offer a draw. Repeating the position 3 times, or twice giving the opponent to play the third repetition, is also a draw offer. Is anybody seriously suggesting you should be "fined" 10 minutes for that?
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 13771

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Well, the decision to appoint a Development Officer was certainly within the Board's remit but what is being argued - if I understand Tim correctly - is that all candidates were not treated equally. In support of this, he evidences Carl's document. The Governance Committee has seemingly looked at t...
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 17485

Re: End of an era

One of the ECB's regular statistics is that all sports participation in England is declining except for one sport. Basketball. It's played extensively in schools. When was the last time basketball was on free-to-air TV in the UK? Probably the 1980's when the wonderful Sally Jones (former world cham...
by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 13610

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Speaking as someone who doesn't play online, this whole thing confuses me. I think we're all aware of someone [no need to identify him but he's not unfamiliar to members of this forum] whose FIDE ratings - standard, rapid and blitz - are all around the 2250 mark yet advertises himself as having a 3...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 862

World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

First round today. No England team. Only money for the pros? No, teams also from Germany or Switzerland due to safety concerns. Iran has already withdrawn due to concerns about playing Israel. Speaking of which, they have had a remarkably swift 4-0 victory over Iraq. No moves actually played. Will ...
by Brian Towers
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 47
Views: 3978

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

There are a lot of names in yellow on the list considering the 4NCL said "Players registered as ENG, or not registered, must be ECF Gold or Platinum members (including juniors) at the time the registration list is submitted. This rule will be strictly enforced." Out of curiosity how do team captain...