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by Simon Brown
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 22214

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Hmmmm. I'm not necessarily convinced that the 2200-2400 players are, in general, there to be brought back. They aren't playing the British, but they also aren't playing many other tournaments of this type either. If I was to start playing again, and assuming that with some work I could get close to...
by Simon Brown
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is your favourite Chess Website to Play Chess on?
Replies: 14
Views: 1674

Re: What is your favourite Chess Website to Play Chess on?

Never heard of lichess before this thread so just tried it out. Looks very nice. Used to play chess.com but too many engines. Never tried chess24 or ICC - do they work well on an iPad?
by Simon Brown
Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474071

Re: Media comments on chess

Nice move Geoff, but it wasn't the French Championship. Gilles won it in 1988 when it was closed, so Spassky wouldn't have been eligible.
by Simon Brown
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: CROWDFUNDING SOUGHT FOR CHESS EDUCATION PLATFORM
Replies: 14
Views: 4427

Re: CROWDFUNDING SOUGHT FOR CHESS EDUCATION PLATFORM

David, I'm a serious investor, but I prefer to pay today's real price to tomorrow's aspirational price. If you can show me that your business today is worth over £1m I would be surprised. I didn't bother looking any further on Seedrs for that reason.
by Simon Brown
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 180944

Re: The English Language

Mike Truran wrote:You can't "whitewash an alibi". The phrase makes no sense.
Well, you can literally.
by Simon Brown
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: CROWDFUNDING SOUGHT FOR CHESS EDUCATION PLATFORM
Replies: 14
Views: 4427

Re: CROWDFUNDING SOUGHT FOR CHESS EDUCATION PLATFORM

I saw this on Seedrs. Adam Raoof is listed as an adviser.

It looked overpriced to me and as of today they have raised just £7k of the £150k they are looking for, but I'm going to keep an eye on it just in case.
by Simon Brown
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 12440

Re: Ask the Directors

Of course, had the Board rearranged its finances to avoid the recent surplus some here would have been equally unhappy since this would be tax avoidance :? Why? Tax avoidance is legal, so had the Board found a way of reducing the tax bill whilst maintaining reserves it should have done so. However ...
by Simon Brown
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 12440

Re: Ask the Directors

John Upham wrote:
You might like to discover the most recent Corporation Tax liability and compare it with say the amount for Google, Facebook or Amazon in the UK.
Why? Are you thinking of relocating the office to Cayman?
by Simon Brown
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 66034

Re: Chess history trivia

I beat Nigel in the SCCU under 14 championship in May 1975, so he was nearly 10. I was very lucky!

Beating Mickey at 15 was a good result, I guess he was way over 200 by then.
by Simon Brown
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 66034

Re: Chess history trivia

Me too. January 1980 so he was 8 (just). He was quite good even then though.
by Simon Brown
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 604
Views: 58133

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Alan is correct again. But remember there is no "old" company - if I wanted to own a company called "UK Chess Challenge Limited" it would take me two phone calls, about £150 and about three hours. In additional "UKCC" has no trademark (I have checked). I could own the UK IP with another phone call, ...
by Simon Brown
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 3471

Re: Chess/Sport

Jack is correct. It's essentially an agreement with HMRC to account for VAT in a way which isn't prescribed by law, applicable when special circumstances apply in the view of the payer. It takes months if not years to agree and requires common sense, VAT knowledge and good reasoning on either side. ...
by Simon Brown
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 3471

Re: Chess/Sport

Hi Gary

Agreed. Chess is not a sport

Simon (experienced former CFO, currently COO with a CFO reporting to him, who has just agreed a PESM with HMRC)
by Simon Brown
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess/Sport
Replies: 30
Views: 3471

Re: Chess/Sport

The illegal act is VAT evasion, as he is over the threshold so must register. Tax evasion is a crime. As Mike (B) is not a professional it has been dealt with as a civil matter and the penalty is a fine, which here is £300k. I don't know if that was mitigated, which it would be had he co-operated. I...
by Simon Brown
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 604
Views: 58133

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

The irony is that even if the petition were successful (which it won't be), Mike still needs to find £300k as any ruling won't be retrospective. And rolling out the Human Rights card again, so witheringly despatched at the Appeal, would be laughable if it weren't so ridiculous. It's not like playing...