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by IanCalvert
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happened to chessdarts?
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: What happened to chessdarts?

"I don't think that one's politically correct nowadays." Not many people know that : Men's Prone Rifle Shooting is an Olympic sport but Women's is not. Maybe FIDE should aim to get Women's chess recognised as an Olympic sport first alongside the injustice done to Women's prone rifle centring the cam...
by IanCalvert
Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

"To my mind a suitable Chairman would be Jo Frost aka Supernanny. Certain members of the Board are childish and bullying in their behaviour and need a parent to keep them in order." Well, yes. I think it has gone beyond that, I propose Jack Bauer. Given the length of the meetings, "Bart Simpsons Gu...
by IanCalvert
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

Mick Norris wrote It isn't just the money, it is the time too - big effort for the likes of Ben Edgell & Jack Rudd to get to Council Meetings in Birmingham & London, ditto anyone north of Manchester/Leeds say Not to mention the fact that there are other ways of spending a Saturday afternoon. If I d...
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: OMOV rejected
Replies: 22
Views: 3101

Re: OMOV rejected

Yesterday I emailed the Silver Membership representative with my preferred choices for the election to be told I was the only person who had so far done so. . I keep coming back to this point, that anybody who wants to influence votes at Council can do so relatively easily. For many of us, it is sp...
by IanCalvert
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: OMOV rejected
Replies: 22
Views: 3101

Re: OMOV rejected

Electoral fraud seems to crop up wherever it is possible Sadly I agree but of course it can be minimised at a cost. I suggest the real ECF problems are about power (its use and abuse and ECF nexus) not law ...no taxation without representation seems an appropriately civilised clarion call to me...O...
by IanCalvert
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 15604

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2015

Kevin, I agree too.

Maybe FIDE has a cunning plan to replace the global Under 8's with Under 7's and Under 9's? More chess events I guess and titles to be won?.. but then why not keep the Under8's also!
by IanCalvert
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

Seriously, I think seven hour meetings are a bad thing. To chair a seven hour ECF meeting well, perhaps the qualities , of both C3P0 and R2D2 from Star- Wars are needed. Few carbon based life forms are up to the task , even with a few hours switched off time, and ...some of them are doubtless focuse...
by IanCalvert
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

Christopher Kreuzer wrote Does anyone know what time the AGM might finish on 17 October? I know it starts at 1.30pm The scheduled finishing time is 6.00 p.m. A procedural motion can be (and generally is) passed at 5.30 p.m. to extend a Council Meeting for a maximum of 30 minutes. A 6.30 p.m. finish...
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Acqui Terme, November 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 6678

Re: World Senior Individuals, Acqui Terme, November 2015

Nick Faulks wrote" By the way, the calculation of rating performance once again reared its head in Abu Dhabi. I think my own Commission has been given the task of producing a universal definition, but we shall not do so because it cannot be done." Nick , I am shocked at your inability to do the impo...
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

The British Championship Congress could move into competition with the European Opens by promoting itself as a destination for non-British chess tourists. Great idea Roger, maybe also, given the welcome introduction of the U180 tournament and the strength of the Major Open in the past, more spaces ...
by IanCalvert
Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Chess a Sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 6089

Re: Is Chess a Sport?

Leonard Barden wrote:at a time when Tony Banks was the sports minister and campaigning on behalf of chess.
Do you think a National Chess day in 2016 is a good idea?
by IanCalvert
Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Jack Rudd's election Q&A thread
Replies: 53
Views: 5773

Re: Jack Rudd's election Q&A thread

Jack

Do you think a National Chess Day in 2016, would be in the interests of the ECF as a whole?
by IanCalvert
Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 83
Views: 12113

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

am I the only one to find McKay really annoying? I was not surprised to learn he writes for the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday. Certainly his single reference to the late, great W.T.Tutte FRS in his book on "The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park" seems to me inappropriate but I guess mathematic...
by IanCalvert
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections 2015
Replies: 754
Views: 43246

Re: ECF Elections 2015

IM Jack Rudd wrote:Thus there is not an awful lot to talk about.
Jack, best of luck, Do you have a view on the best strategy for Tigers against Heffalumps?
by IanCalvert
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 83
Views: 12113

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

It did strike me as a bit odd that a large group of code-crackers should be able to get leave at the same time to travel to Oxford to play in a chess match but I note that the match was played on a Saturday and that Bletchley had a much better cross-country train service in 1944 than it has in 2015...