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by David Gilbert
Mon May 10, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

Here’s comes the Sun. Less than five months to go until the ACO Crete Seniors in October. Anyone wishing to enter has until 31 May 2021 to claim the €100 discount. The sea-view rooms at the Fodele Resort are booked out, but there are still standard rooms available. There’s been a few new registratio...
by David Gilbert
Sun May 09, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4401
Views: 483029

Re: Media comments on chess

The story of Tani the American "Chess Master". From 105 to 2223 in three-and-a-half years! https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/opin ... e=Homepage
by David Gilbert
Sat May 08, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 53
Views: 5325

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

It was option 3. In the end agreed by 38 votes to 7. Open, U2050, U1850, U1650, U1450.
by David Gilbert
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 53
Views: 5325

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

I don't think it'll affect WECU much either way; our counties don't have large enough player bases for this to matter. Maybe, but Devon and other smaller counties might have an interest. They often enter teams in the Minor. This has been a competition for teams with an average grade of 180. Under t...
by David Gilbert
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 62
Views: 3425

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

Thanks both. There are three options for Directors appointments. The way this is structured, if individual Council representatives are going to pick their favourite, and by default vote against the other two, it seems unlikely that any of the resolutions will reach the 75 per cent required to rewrit...
by David Gilbert
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 86
Views: 9981

Re: FIDE internal fighting

This is a relatively common piece of attempted fraud. The SCCU committee have been receiving similar emails supposedly from its President for the past three or four years. If you reply you’ll be asked to purchase something on the President’s behalf - music vouchers for instance - and to forward them...
by David Gilbert
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

First apologies for muddling the two Nigels. Frankly, when I add two and two together it doesn't always make four! However, the Wanstead Nigel's blog on his Czech-Train experience was a worthwhile diversion (there's still time to extend your tour to Crete, Nigel!). The registrations for the Seniors ...
by David Gilbert
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

Anyone looking to get away early this Summer? News this morning that the delayed 2020 ACO Amateurs and Seniors, due to have taken place in May 2021, have been moved to the new dates 11 - 20 June 2021. Still in Crete at the Fodele Beach Resort. Meanwhile the number of registrations for the 2021 ACO S...
by David Gilbert
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

This’ll probably be my last post on this thread for a while (cue ‘ hear, hear ’ from David & Tim?). The 31 March 2021 deadline has passed and the next cut-off date for the €100 discount is 31 May 2021. With still six months to go, the ACO Seniors in Crete in October 2021 has up 'til this point attra...
by David Gilbert
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

If I go back further to my next five CDs I get: Near Truths & Hotel Rooms: Todd Snider Singles: Future Islands Hope is High: Florence & The Machine My Piece of Land: Amanda Shires The Race for Space/Remixes: Public Service Broadcasting The last (which comes with a DVD) is a fair distance away from m...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:57 am
I think you'll find that's 13 English and 1 Irish !
Absolutely right, but after Saturday’s result I thought he might want to stay in hiding!
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

Most of these are shockingly bad! In the late sixties I was a regular visitor to the Marquee Club in Wardour Street. It was cheap! I’d watch Joe Cocker, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Who, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters, (Peter Green’s) Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Led Zeppelin (nee Yardbirds) , but The Nice wer...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

Numbers are up again this morning as the 31 March deadline for the maximum discount approaches. There are now 172 registrations for the ACO Crete Seniors in October. Mostly German of course, but with a blanket over eighteen countries in total: 85 German; 23 Swiss; 14 English; 11 Dutch; 7 Austrians; ...
by David Gilbert
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4401
Views: 483029

Re: Media comments on chess

The Poke is a satirical news website. This is an old report from October last year with a Top-Ten list of Daily Mail readers comments. No 1 is very good, but I've posted here to note especially No 9 from a reader in America. https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/10/01/simply-17-daily-mail-reader-comments-...
by David Gilbert
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 70
Views: 4836

Re: The ACO is back!

so a holiday with unregulated Chess? First it’s Chess , nine rounds played in seven rating sections from U1200 up in 200 rating bands; second it’s Chess , where else do you get two Grandmasters sitting outside the playing area helping amateurs with their post-game analysis; third it’s Chess , two e...