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by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

England has quite a lot of chess events within its borders, and so consequently an English player can get regular games against strong opponents without having to go to events like the World U-16 Olympiad. The same is probably less true of Somalian players. Jack, couldn't one apply the same logic t...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

It says something when England can't send a team but Somalia can
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 12
Views: 1364

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Perhaps Oxford 5 have agreed to be the "C Arbiter" team. In other words, they only play if there would otherwise be an odd number, thus avoiding triangular matches where possible. Perhaps, but that's not the issue for me. I can't speak for others but our season begins in September. That makes Septe...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 12
Views: 1364

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Phil Neatherway wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:52 am
It seems there will also be an Oxford 5 team!
And there I was, thinking that teams had to enter by 27 September. No need to rush to meet this deadline in future years?
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 63
Views: 5567

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

From what I can see, in the past six months Tim has complained vocally first about the result of the ECF Academy tender, then about the appointment of the Junior Director, and now about the appointment of the Development Officer. When the Governance Committee doesn't agree, as in the present case, h...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 12
Views: 1364

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Provisional seedings announced as: Division 4 1 CSC 2 2 Iceni 2 3 Sussex Martlets 2 4 The Full Ponty 5 Celtic Tigers 2 6 Throw in the Tal 7 Poisoned Pawns - Next Gen 8 Fischer's Catch 9 MK Phoenix 2 10 Warwickshire Select 2 11 West is Best 3 12 Ashfield 2 13 Wood Green Youth 14 All Anands on Deck 15...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

I'm no historian but Anderssen, according to Wikipedia, died in March 1879 which would rule out a description of an 1880 encounter with him.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 36
Views: 2346

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Registration lists 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." ( http://www.4ncl...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 60
Views: 11257

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Quillan Passing judgement at the Manchester High Court on September 18, District Judge Obodai found the directors had misled investors and deliberately caused the companies to obscure the relationship they had with each other, calling the scheme a “house of cards”. Kirkwood was handed a 10-year ban...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 60
Views: 11257

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

"You still don't want to get an old Wimbledon FC fan started on MK Dons. " True - at one point, owners of Leeds United were thinking of relocating to Kent on the basis that they would get bigger crowds, especially as there weren't any proper teams in Kent. Fans and enemies were united in their fury...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Women's Recruitment Officer
Replies: 17
Views: 2195

Re: Women's Recruitment Officer

Yes, I think that's a fair answer to the WRO recruitment question and I'm obliged to Tim for the timely response. I have absolutely no idea how well, or otherwise, he and Carl will relate to one another and so don't propose to comment on that part of Tim's post. Instead, I'll just wish them both wel...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Women's Recruitment Officer
Replies: 17
Views: 2195

Re: Women's Recruitment Officer

Tim, congratulations on your appointment. Dare I ask, will you also be working with Carl Portman, the new Development Officer, to help the federation achieve its goal of increasing female membership to 15% of the total? Edit: When I posted I also considered making the point that another male has be...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 3028

Re: Development Officer appointment

I don't intend to get involved in the personal stuff but agree that it seems a reasonable question, to which there may or may not be a reasonable answer, to enquire why the acceptance letter apparently pre-dated the appointment. That question doesn't seem to have been answered.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 5572

Re: Council Papers are out

If elected I would look forward to working closely with the Board, in particular the Finance Director, building on what I believe is already the good relationship I have with them The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy! Having a good relationship with...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12973

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Radjabov 2-0 in 5+3 games