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by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Gillman
Replies: 13
Views: 1609

Re: Brian Gillman

Can anyone shed any light on Brian ? I suspect that Brian Gillman may have been the teenager, a leading member of the county junior team, whom I played in the Middlesex junior championships in 1961 or 1962. I had no more recent contact but, if Brian Gillman was about 73 when he died, he's probably ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1727

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

IQ isn't a figure, it's a percentile in the population spread. On that basis, you might perhaps estimate Carlsen or Kasparov as being in the top 0.1%. Possibly. Maybe. Actual IQ "scores" are meaningless since they depend entirely on the actual test. For instance, in the two main tests for Mensa – t...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

I wouldn't disagree as to the effectiveness of different media, Eric, and I gave up on my local paper once I found a better way to wrap my fish and chips, but others may find their local rag useful. For those people, I suspect the issue I raised may still apply. Local newspapers are a great source ...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73564

Re: Cheating in chess

It is blindingly obvious to me that he should have been stripped of all titles and ratings, and started again as a new player. This idea was rejected by ACC on the astonishing ground that it might somehow benefit the player! Nick, any insight as to the manner in which the ACC felt it might benefit ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

I wouldn't disagree as to the effectiveness of different media, Eric, and I gave up on my local paper once I found a better way to wrap my fish and chips, but others may find their local rag useful. For those people, I suspect the issue I raised may still apply.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

Great name Good luck One issue with these clever invented names is they tend to kill off opposing teams' chances of getting any local publicity for their feats. A local paper may be amenable to reporting the results of a match against (say) Manchester or Cambridge University which are identifiable ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 37958

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I then was told my opponent, Mr Storey, had asked them to follow me. Clearly, based on what's been said here, the arbiters had no option but to award the game to Charlie Storey. What seems curious to me, although it's been unremarked upon here, is why - assuming Lorin is correct in what he says abo...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors

Sorry to introduce chess into this, and it's a bit off-topic, but... I organized car hire today for my trip to Guernsey in October and discovered a bit of small print that says in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK drivers will have to produce an international driving permit as well as their licence...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY

Entries for this event close 10.0 tomorrow, Monday.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330355

Re: Media comments on chess

Angus French wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:08 am
Mohammed Amin has been in the news recently. See here (and also here and here). There's no mention of chess but Mohammed is an ECF member and has represented Manchester Chess Federation at ECF meetings.
LOL, questioning Boris's moral fitness, whatever next?
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 49
Views: 7631

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

That's bo**ocks though, annuities ceased to be compulsory in 1996 :roll: Sorry, memory faulty, although it doesn't alter my point that previous pensions regimes had drawbacks too. Situation immediately prior to Osborne reforms was that annuities could be avoided through income drawdowns which, agai...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 49
Views: 7631

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Unfortunately, for future tax payers, Roger L's "personal experience" that "the changes were entirely beneficial" may not stand the test of time. True but who can predict the future? It's all rather detached from chess, so I'll be brief, but one longstanding criticism of the pre-Osborne situation w...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 49
Views: 7631

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Well they seem to have been running an investigation for a while into the (predictable) consequences of the 2015 pension changes, and they reached the point where rhey were ready to publish. There's in fact several different case studies in the investigation, Williams/Quillan being just one of them...