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by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE payment site: Player license over-the-board 1yr 60.00 EUR
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

FIDE payment site: Player license over-the-board 1yr 60.00 EUR

Hello, a separate thread has a message with a link to the FIDE payment web page: https://payment.fide.com/payment.phtml In the list of fees for payment, the first option is a "Player license over-the-board 1yr 60.00 EUR". No mention of this in the explanatory link on the payment site http://www.fide...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 3339

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Mike Gunn wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:30 pm
Appeals Committees can decide on all sorts of disputes (e.g. matters of fact) not just on whether an Arbiter's decision is correct or not.
Could you make an example of an appeal where no arbiter would not have been consulted earlier?
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 3339

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Additionally, from a sporting point of view, Mr Pein felt mistakes by arbiters should be part of the game as they are in other sports and should not be corrected at the end of the game. I think Malcolm is wrong here - or, at least, trying to implement a fundamental change in the game. It is current...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 17957

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

I’ve seen two reports on twitter from established journalists - Peter Doggers & Leonard Ootes - asking why Agon are charging money to watch the video feed of the Grand Prix via their website whilst giving the same video away for free via Facebook. I guess they are the kind of people that keep askin...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Champions Showdown in St Louis
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: 2017 Champions Showdown in St Louis

This does not represent the future at all, if anything it represents the past. My point is that is this is what the big money wishes to sponsor nowadays, it may be the future too. I would not read too much into a one-off event. Especially from the Saint Louis chess club where sometimes they seem to...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Champions Showdown in St Louis
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: 2107 Champions Showdown in St Louis

The players are getting paid very well for this circus, but does it really have to represent the future of top level chess? This does not represent the future at all, if anything it represents the past: in the last century, before the widespread introduction of the DGT clocks, everyone played blitz...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1758

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Karpov's loss to an obscure untitled German in a 1983 (all play all) tournament has to be up there. Think it has been mentioned on here (and the game posted) before....... This one maybe: [Event "FRG-ch International"] [Site "Hannover FRG"] [Date "1983.08"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "1"] [Result "0-1"...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: News and Support
Topic: PGN and POS
Replies: 7
Views: 3075

Re: PGN and POS

Everything should be back to normal with posting games and positions. As a reminder, in order to post a game you should use the pgn tag with the full game score. For example: [pgn] [Event "London league"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2017.10.23"] [Round "?"] [White "Casaschi, Paolo"] [Black "My oppone...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

(You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are proportional to activity. The admin overload of doing that is ridiculous.) Please explain why. You collect from a few hundred organisations instead of several thousand or tens of thousand individuals. Is it not the case that the ECF O...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Council said no. In my memory, the option was never put to them. "Membership" was always equated to a "one man, one sub" system. Let's put it another way: they rejected options in which Game Fee was the primary method of funding. (You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are prop...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

The situation is that, for example, the latest FIDE rating list (if I did the pivot table right) has 2923 players for ENG, 19439 for FRA and 22897 for GER. You certainly can try to find issues and excuses for that That is an extremely simple one to answer - the ECF has taxed FIDE rated chess almost...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

If it's anything like Spain then comparisons with England are pretty difficult simply because the whole way chess is organised is very different. Yes, in those countries chess is simply better organized and attracts a wider audience, including younger people. But isn't the chess federation role to ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

English chess players don't want to pay much to the federation, and to some extent get the federation they pay for; government support has been withdrawn, and local authorities don't support chess any more (I've been to chess events in Town Halls in Rochdale, Bolton, Bury & Manchester, but they now...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

And I'm confident their member forum is better as well ;-) with fewer grumpy complainers. Really? My impression is that the French federation's infighting makes our debates here look quite mild. The comment about the forum is obviously a joke. Instead, the difference in strength between the ECF and...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 14249

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

So if I get Paolo correctly he is saying that a good federation has more players with FIDE grades, more members and more money. Boils down to saying that Barclays is a better bank than the Cumberland Building Society because it is bigger. I'm still glad I've moved from the former to the latter, how...