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by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 41411

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

"It's all a very odd state of affairs. Why does Dvorkovich bother if he's not confident of winning? That is, why would the Russians put so much political capital at risk? Better surely to let Kirsan take the hit if Makropoulos is indeed 'past the post', as his mouthy outriders claim." Maybe this is ...
by IanCalvert
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 11015

Re: County Championship Finals

Minor Surrey 9 Lincolnshire 7 I'm home and my individual trophy already has pride of place in the display cabinet. Perhaps people with loads of these things get blasé about them, but I'm thrilled with mine. Thanks to Surrey, the ECF and everyone involved. Congratulations Nick! Surrey isn't really a...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3939
Views: 431038

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC commentary on Sweden v Switzerland before game (not verbatim)

It will be like a chess game... Is that your way of saying it will be drab? (Gary L) ... Yes
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 41411

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

After Malcolm Pein's excellent piece in Chess, I think the ECF should:

(i) most importantly, somehow welcome Russia withdrawing support from Kirsan, long overdue

(ii) indicate that the ECF will probably support a loser.
by IanCalvert
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess For Heffalumps
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Re: Chess For Heffalumps

Maybe generations of English Heffalumpish- chess players will be inspired by the English blunder free football performance against Belgium on Thursday??
by IanCalvert
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess For Heffalumps
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Chess For Heffalumps

If Tigers try to maximise the probability of winning as in Simon Webb's popular classic Chess for Tigers then I guess it is natural to assume Heffalumps try to maximise the probability of not losing. Chess for Tigers and Your Opponent is Overrated by J Schuyler, Everyman,2016 include useful guidance...
by IanCalvert
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 30247

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:35 pm
David Robertson wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:20 pm
...
And if, as Spraggett alludes, there were to be a stitch-up between the Russians and Makro - putting the band back together again - where would that leave Malcolm Pein and his ambitions for 2022? Answers in a single word, frankly
Toast ?
RED??
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 30247

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

The excellent "New in Chess" , 2018 4, gives Nigel Short two pages on "Why am I running for FIDE President" which concludes with " federations can choose either 1) Kirsan-the man who has brought FIDE to the brink of oblivion 2} Makro-the Kirsan continuity candidate 3)me". Am I alone in thinking the ...
by IanCalvert
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 6478

Re: Iran v Israel Chess

FIDE have a regulation that, if two countries are at war with each other, yet are playing in the same event, then they are allowed to refuse to be paired together. Thus presumably, during the Falklands crisis, Argentine and UK teams did not have to play against each other. The problem regarding Isr...
by IanCalvert
Thu May 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 30247

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I think ,after tickets are announced, the ECF Board should at least consult its members possibly through the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum representatives.
by IanCalvert
Tue May 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2017-18
Replies: 21
Views: 3906

Re: Division Two 2017-18

Does anyone believe that there is a non-zero probability that White Rose 2 will choose to play in Division 3 SOUTH rather than Division 3 North?
by IanCalvert
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I think chess is naturally described as a mind sport. The importance for public funding of "displaying physical skills" is I believe that historically physical skills were seen as healthy. This suggests , as a novel/desperate argument, that English chess advocates might argue that chess results in h...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1629

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

... when computer aided (database and engine) preparation for specific opponents is quickly possible? The effect of that is that pre-game preparation now extends down to players about ECF 150, if not lower. Those who spend time on preparation see their results improve and their grades go up. Those ...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1629

Team Board Orders & Grades

Do all leagues have team Board order rules related to grades? Doubtless there is often (always?) scope for subjective adjustment by team captains for under-rated juniors and others.What are the extreme examples of such adjustment rules? My question is do others think this practice of broadly grade d...
by IanCalvert
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 17482

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Justin

Do you have any estimate of the start time for the 2018 Decider?{ Now just seen advice on Chess24}