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by IanCalvert
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?
Replies: 26
Views: 3392

Re: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?

Gareth T Ellis wrote:Merseyside is staying in the NCCU for now, having a volunteer to captain a county team.
As a junior player for Formby in the late 1960's and someone born in Manchester, I do hope Mersyside players can have dual citizenship especially when playing against the awesome Yorkshire Heffalumps!
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 77
Views: 12610

Re: County Championship Finals

"i do know that Lancashire will be putting a strong team out, ", John Reyes Assuming Lancashire Tigers are still typically/ on average outgraded by 10 points per board, I do hope all the Lancashire players remember to play like Tigers (maximising the probability of winning their game) rather than th...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles

Roger Thanks very much for your post. It confirms to me what a loss the ECF library might be. (I am particularly interested in Fine's books on the psychology of chess players: my interest is in Tiger or Heffalump strategies before a move is made. A Tiger strategy involves trying to maximise the prob...
by IanCalvert
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ now agree)
Replies: 43
Views: 5501

Re: Bridge not a Sport

Maybe the partner abuse problem might be solved by a bridge variant where a carbon based life form player partnered a program ??
by IanCalvert
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Re: English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017

Jack

Will Homer Simpson (or possibly Magnus) , for contributions to popularising chess globally, be a possible candidate in 2018?
by IanCalvert
Tue May 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 4959

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

I guess losing to Mr.Bean would be embarrassing!
by IanCalvert
Tue May 09, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death Of Chess Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 2476

Re: The Death Of Chess Engines

IMHO, Tablebases, game databases and chess engines are wonderful tools. I guess there are plague like consequences, like cheating and the fear of cheating, with chess engines. However they have enriched the understanding of many players and the educational benefit of chess for children. Long live ch...
by IanCalvert
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20811

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

"The Directors acknowledge the concern that the existing constitutional arrangements do not adequately reflect the interests
of Direct Members".

Twenty Council members block change... Maybe Chris Fegan will come up with a cunning plan!
by IanCalvert
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20811

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

Benedgell, thanks very much for your posts: chess24 is down! :)
by IanCalvert
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Scandinavian with d3 instead of d4
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Re: Scandinavian with d3 instead of d4

Wahls et al. in "the Modern Scandinavian", New in Chess, 2011, page 355, says of 5.d3 "is a solid line against which Black should be able to equalise... 5..Bg4 , 5...c6."
by IanCalvert
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"
Replies: 192
Views: 13010

Re: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"

Like many, I don't understand these things but...should the ECF (enthusiastically?) welcome Mr Makropoulos as Acting President ?...or should Malcolm Pein's team have a cunning plan?
by IanCalvert
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"
Replies: 192
Views: 13010

Re: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"

ChessBase reports a sensational new development.

http://en.chessbase.com/post/malcolm-pe ... -president

David, I trust your April 1 post is deadly serious and Malcolm wins but...

in Star Wars analogy terms KI is clearly the Emperor: does that make Malcolm Pein a Yoda character??
by IanCalvert
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 175
Views: 18372

Re: National Chess Library closure: Cunning Plan

Maybe, a possible good home for much of the Library , and a cost-effective ECF approach, is to donate it to the Dutch collection in the Hague . :( :)
by IanCalvert
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7394

Re: Possible Voting Reform

IMHO, I hope that some form of Option 2 or Option 3 is approved in October with more influence/ power to Direct Members. However given the imperfections of governance, even on this side of the Atlantic, I do hope there will to a formal quinquennial review in 2023 (say) to agree improvements to the 2...
by IanCalvert
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic British Knock-Out
Replies: 56
Views: 3022

Re: London Chess Classic British Knock-Out

Is Nigel's 13 Kf1 a cunning plan to prepare 14 h4 ?