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antichrist
26-07-2005, 02:48 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
AR
As for Article 1.2, I am hoping and praying, to any god who'll listen, that our arbiters will keep their heads screwed on and not be bludgeoned into submission by such a ridiculous rule. Apparently, capturing the king destroys evidence of an illegal move. But most sane people, and I'm talking 99.9% here, accept that capturing the king is itself the very evidence required. What's the problem?

A/C
The person capturing the king could also be carrying out an illegal move and how could you prove it is illegal if it is already off the board? Work that one out!
(Maybe should be left for next semister)
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How Good Is Your Coach?
I heard somewhere that the average player is rated 1600. I don't know if that's true or not. But I also hear that there are coaches who are rated well below that figure. It makes you wonder what their students are learning. Seems almost like the blind leading the blind. Could these below average coaches tell the difference between a King's Indian Defence and, say, the Pirc? And don't just say it's the c4-pawn!

For me, I am yet to be convinced that under 2000-rated players have any business coaching. Some folks will say communications skills are important. But if you don't know what you're talking about, then you have nothing to communicate. Have you?

Over two years ago, Man of Controversy, Matt Sweeney, proposed a National Chess Coaching Accreditation Scheme. I wonder what's happening with that.
posted by The Closet Grandmaster at 9:27 AM 0 comments

A/C
Now AR you are having a go at me here, good luck to you and I don't mind at all. I rise to the challenge. We all understand you must keep your blog going after the big issues have fizzled out.

I took up teaching or coaching in request of a school. Our first tourney out we defeated the "B" team of an expensive private school which had a prominent chess player as a coach (ex-champ). And did he come down heavy on them.

AC's rating at this time - NEVER HAD PLAYED A COMP GAME IN HIS LIFE.

Chess coaching was my first attempt at trying to teach anything - the pro teacher looking on comments: YOU ARE A BETTER TEACHER THAN I WILL EVER BE!

And it went on and on from there. I agree I could be the exception.

And as you know when the finals come I take the students along to champs for THE REAL THING.

DO YOU KNOW THAT ONE OF MY STUDENTS WON THE AWARD FOR MOST IMPROVED IN THE WHOLE STATE, HIS PHOTO WAS IN JCL MAGAZINE - WHAT WAS MY RATING? DON'T ASK IT'S EMBARRASSING!

GO PICK ON SOMEONE ELSE E.F.G.S. (ask Jenni what it means)

arosar
26-07-2005, 02:55 PM
The person capturing the king could also be carrying out an illegal move and how could you prove it is illegal if it is already off the board? Work that one out!

Well, if you can't figure it out - then you're a dope! But seriously, there's nothing to figure out if both players are honest. Then again, you're a lebo.


Now AR you are having a go at me here . . .

What are you bloody talking about mate? It's not all about you, ya know!

AR

antichrist
26-07-2005, 03:18 PM
World poker champ Hachem was a Lebo who came here in 1972 - beat that Pinoy

arosar
26-07-2005, 03:28 PM
World poker champ Hachem was a Lebo who came here in 1972 - beat that Pinoy

Pinoys can play chess.

Lebos can't.

AR

antichrist
26-07-2005, 03:53 PM
Pinoys can play chess.

Lebos can't.

AR

Yeah, the silly buggers are into backgammon, which is only glorified ludo.

One Lebo chessplayer went to France and become a grandmaster.

And they leave you people for dead in letting off carbombs.

antichrist
26-07-2005, 04:40 PM
Hold on a minute, with Lebo's population of only a few million it has a higher rate of grandmasters per million than both Aussie and Philippines - take that AR!

arosar
26-07-2005, 04:57 PM
You don't have any grandmasters you fool!

If youse lebos weren't so busy killing each other maybe you'd finally get one.

AR

antichrist
26-07-2005, 05:27 PM
You don't have any grandmasters you fool!

If youse lebos weren't so busy killing each other maybe you'd finally get one.

AR

One is lives in France, maybe registered as a frog but Lebo brainpower and libido.

Some high Russian(?) woman married a Lebo and does well - remember.

And I got one over you in the Article 8.1 thread. And the chap who sabotaged Agulto's justice of board replacement was a Lebo - take that EFGS!

arosar
26-07-2005, 05:36 PM
One is lives in France, maybe registered as a frog but Lebo brainpower and libido.

Kouatly?


And I got one over you in the Article 8.1 thread. And the chap who sabotaged Agulto's justice of board replacement was a Lebo - take that!

Bastards!

AR

antichrist
26-07-2005, 05:39 PM
[QUOTE=arosar]Kouatly?

Can't remember his name, there is no "el Masri" is there?

HAL
26-07-2005, 05:55 PM
As illuminating as all this is for the rest of us, should it really be done in public? If so, I can't really see what business it has being in the chess related forum.

Garvinator
26-07-2005, 05:56 PM
i suggest that the mods take the rubber to this whole thread.

antichrist
26-07-2005, 06:05 PM
i suggest that the mods take the rubber to this whole thread.

It started off as chess but took the wrong turn at the round-a-bout.

Mod, transfer to Non-chess if you like

arosar
26-07-2005, 07:18 PM
i suggest that the mods take the rubber to this whole thread.

Listen here gray. Are you a jihadist? Or George Bush?

AR

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2005, 07:54 PM
Seems to mostly have something to do with chess, it's just very trashy.

antichrist
26-07-2005, 10:57 PM
Chess in Lebonan:

MP Dr. Ammar Houri

On 29/05/2005, the president of the Lebanese Chess Federation Dr. Ammar Omar Houri was elected a Member of the Lebanese Parliament. More than 72% of the voters of Beirut 1st sector trusted Dr. Houri to be their representative.

The Lebanese Chess federation family is proud to have its president as Member of the Parliament. Having the honor to work with him in several occasions, we are sure of his exceptional legislative and managerial capacities.

Cogratulations to "someone who deserves"...



Nigel Short visits Lebanon



Lebanon; 1st holder of Gold Diploma in Chess

Lebanon was honorably awarded the Chess "Golden Diploma of Achievement" by FIDE for its outstanding CV in organizing Chess events. This Diploma is a recognition of "the unprecedented high number of international tournaments (19 in 4 years)" organized in Lebanon during years 2000-2003, and in which this geographically small country scored exceptional results on the organization scale.

Lebanon is the first country to have the "Golden Diploma of Achievement" awarded to the president of the Lebanese Chess Federation (LCF) Dr. Ammar Houri on 30/10/ 2004, during the Chess Olympics held in Calvia, Mallorca, Spain. http://www.lebchess.org/Main.htm
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AR,
In Pinoyland the chess players and organisers there are pulling each other apart, in Aussie we are having witchhunts and remarking but in Leboland it all smells as sweet as Turk Delight! Surprise surprise.

Let's go there with Nick for a comp one day. With all those internationals one could pick up GM norms. And the climate is wonderful, food terrific with belly-dancing thrown in. Control yourself.

antichrist
26-07-2005, 11:29 PM
From WWW re history of chess in Lebanon

The coming of the World Champion Anatoly Karpov who had a press conference in Casino du Liban. He then gave two simultaneous demonstrations at the Casino and at Hotel Beau Rivage. 6 players succeeded to grab a draw result: Daniele Bedrossian, Fadi Eid, Ahmad Najjar, Hani Ammoun, Abdo Somoff and Issam Araji.

- International achievements

Despite the bloody events that covered our country, Lebanon was always present in the main Arab and International competitions.

Delegations were sent to almost all the Olympiads...Later on, and precisely in Manilla 1992, the Lebanese team won the gold medal of the best performance in his category (H).

Bachar Kouatly obtained the IM title in the Teheran zonal in 1975. Bachar's progress continued, and thanks to his victory in Qatar zonal in 1981, he was qualified to the next interzonal. Unfortunately, Bachar immigrated to France and played under the french colors. He got his GrandMaster title in 1989.
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Eat your shorts AR - clean or dirty

PHAT
27-07-2005, 12:22 AM
How Good Is Your Coach?
...

For me, I am yet to be convinced that under 2000-rated players have any business coaching. Some folks will say communications skills are important. But if you don't know what you're talking about, then you have nothing to communicate. Have you?



As part of Smith Family initiative, my Year 7 daughter is currently teaching a "disadvantaged" kiddy to read and write. My daughter is not a journo, or a script writer, or a proof reader, or an editor, or a news reader. I suppose she should quit.

Ameil, playing chess is not realy about learning to win every game, it is about growing the person who does the playing.

antichrist
27-07-2005, 05:55 AM
As part of Smith Family initiative, my Year 7 daughter is currently teaching a "disadvantaged" kiddy to read and write. My daughter is not a journo, or a script writer, or a proof reader, or an editor, or a news reader. I suppose she should quit.

Ameil, playing chess is not realy about learning to win every game, it is about growing the person who does the playing.

It is about being able to understand a beginner's chess book and being able to communicate in a logical, patient and interesting manner to the students.

And my decades of experience at the wrong end is actually a plus for them - because I know what problems exist and how to get out around them.

arosar
27-07-2005, 09:03 AM
Ameil, playing chess is not realy about learning to win every game, it is about growing the person who does the playing.

Man, that's kinda like all the fluffy corporate bullshit they sometimes give you. You know, like smile when you walk into the office and your day will be sooo much better.

Totally meaningless!

AR

arosar
27-07-2005, 09:03 AM
It is about being able to understand a beginner's chess book and being able to communicate in a logical, patient and interesting manner to the students.

The question Peter is, do you know the difference between knight and bishop?

AR

antichrist
27-07-2005, 09:38 AM
The question Peter is, do you know the difference between knight and bishop?

AR

I do know that once a night with a bishop is too much - does that answer your question.

And btw Hazem El Magic holds the record for most points with Bulldogs, 219 games, 545 goals, tries 111, points 1534.

That Gray guy could write up a new Index of Forbidden Books, he is a KB without the tolerance and occasional humour.

Leb's recent record in chess is impressive, aye?

auriga
27-07-2005, 01:13 PM
the top player at my local club played for lebanon (board 4)
in the chess olympiad. got a very good score at dubai in 1986. see link below.

http://www.olimpbase.org/1986/1986lib.html

PHAT
27-07-2005, 01:29 PM
Man, that's kinda like all the fluffy corporate bullshit they sometimes give you. You know, like smile when you walk into the office and your day will be sooo much better.

Totally meaningless!



Teaching chess requires a different approach to
coaching chess.

The respective goals are:
- to have a student adopt chess fun passtime and
- to ensure a player wins more.

There is overlap in the material that must be learned. But it is the differences that most coaches misunderstand.

The overlap is the technical stuff.

The difference is:
- teaching chess means encouraging exploration
- coaching chess means facilitating self disciplin

Thus, your rating determines how far you can take the student in techincal knowledge. However, it is your ability as a teacher that makes you a coach or not.

You must have understanding of pedogodgy, psychology, social negotiation, and the skills to apply them.

Unfortunately, most chess players exhibit autistic traits, and therefore make shithouse coaches.

So I will stick with my assertion that a chess coach needs to be able to grow the player as a person.

arosar
27-07-2005, 02:15 PM
OK, so here is a question. Is the below average antichrist a teacher or a coach? And how can a student tell the difference? Do you have like different price ranges depending on whether you're a teacher or coach?

AR

antichrist
27-07-2005, 02:30 PM
the top player at my local club played for lebanon (board 4)
in the chess olympiad. got a very good score at dubai in 1986. see link below.

http://www.olimpbase.org/1986/1986lib.html

I have always wanted to meet that guy, I didn't know he was a rep.

PHAT
27-07-2005, 05:10 PM
OK, so here is a question. Is the below average antichrist a teacher or a coach? And how can a student tell the difference? Do you have like different price ranges depending on whether you're a teacher or coach?

Excellent question!

In general, a person can take another person to their own level of expertise. As such, A/C could take a junior up to the standard of a normal adult club player. Every time I have met him he has been easy going, open, chatty - which is good for the teaching of anything at all. Obviously I cannot say if he is organised and clear in his chess instruction, because I don't know.

Students know if a coach/teacher/tutor is "right" for them. They either click or they don't. Their play either improves or it doesn't.

As for price - in all cases caveat emptor. And word of mouth reigns supreme.

Spiny Norman
27-07-2005, 05:18 PM
Students know if a coach/teacher/tutor is "right" for them. They either click or they don't. Their play either improves or it doesn't.

I knew my coach was a good choice when he all but rapped me over the knuckles with a ruler for being too quick to pick up the pieces when analyzing a position to "find the best move".

"Look, but don't touch! Work it out in your mind first!". I need that kind of discipline to be applied, otherwise I get lazy. So when I find what I think is a good move he nags me "What else can you see? Is that the best move?". I didn't realise how much I didn't know until I got coached properly.

auriga
28-07-2005, 11:29 PM
ar, how come when you click on the 'inside sport' picture
you don't get a larger version of it?
bit dissapointed there.

is it worth purchasing for the chess article?

arosar
28-07-2005, 11:43 PM
ar, how come when you click on the 'inside sport' picture

Cos you just can't. I suppose I could code it so, but I got no time for that man. Anyway, yeah, it's worth buying the magazine - just for the sake of having it.

AR

antichrist
29-07-2005, 11:34 AM
Ar, why don't you organise a "Country of Origin". There could be China United, Philippines/Indo, Serbia/Croatia, Poms, Aussie, Indian & Subcont. etc.

If you don't I might but pretty inconvenient for me.

arosar
29-07-2005, 05:26 PM
Blog updated.

As The Closet Grandmaster will be covering the Rose Bay event over the weekend, there will be few updates until late in the night. I hope to bring you games and pics fairly rapidly.

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

arosar
02-08-2005, 08:29 AM
Blog updated. ANU exclusive, Rose Bay and the world's most expensive chess set.

AR

antichrist
02-08-2005, 09:06 AM
Blog updated. ANU exclusive, Rose Bay and the world's most expensive chess set.

AR

In case you were not aware, your mate Marcos used servants in period costume - I have always envied him for that.

He would say "You Engot, move over there!"

arosar
02-08-2005, 09:09 AM
Shut up you bloody jaa-hash!

AR

antichrist
02-08-2005, 10:19 AM
Shut up you bloody jaa-hash!

AR

Samuel Talisayon told me that as a youngster Marcos used him to play pawn because his name meant "fighting cock".

antichrist
03-08-2005, 08:07 AM
Aren't we fortunate that, chief Filipino plunderer, Sales, is not interested in birhens and precious jewels - only chess winnings.

antichrist
03-08-2005, 08:12 AM
Matthew of Gong Gone.

See blog: http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

The average rating of the sin bin has gone down remarkedly.

Ilich wants out!

auriga
03-08-2005, 10:13 PM
mate, hit the big time now.
http://www.indochess.com/news_maint_public.php?news_id=748
made it onto bobby's column.

antichrist
07-08-2005, 03:33 PM
On the blogg it tells of linking chess and music, this was my idea about two years and silly ignorant goats here tried to have me laughed off the board - until it was pointed out that it had already been done successfully.

Rincewind
07-08-2005, 04:33 PM
On the blogg it tells of linking chess and music, this was my idea about two years and silly ignorant goats here tried to have me laughed off the board - until it was pointed out that it had already been done successfully.

If memory serves I think that was one of the few times that I thought you actually did have a partially sensible idea. ;)

eclectic
07-08-2005, 04:42 PM
now i'm assuming that the almighty guert would put listening to music while playing chess when in tournaments as akin to notetaking or obtaining assistance ... ??

eclectic

antichrist
07-08-2005, 05:36 PM
If memory serves I think that was one of the few times that I thought you actually did have a partially sensible idea. ;)

I will be looking seriously at it in 3 years time when a musician is free to work on it with me. Imagine the trumpets blaring when pieces goes forward, getting louder as further into enemy territory - and the big climax of a spectacular checkmate, the whole orchestra getting involved.

arosar
09-08-2005, 03:46 PM
Blog updated.

AR

antichrist
09-08-2005, 04:43 PM
Blog updated.

AR

I only looked at the game quickly, could you have done better by checking the king when it came out to rook file to allow pawn to queen?

antichrist
09-08-2005, 04:47 PM
All the positions K. Stead holds and he is packing up? Amazing.

arosar
10-08-2005, 11:44 AM
Blog updated.

AR

auriga
10-08-2005, 12:44 PM
article 'control freaks!' is an interesting one.
can't understand why nswca doesn't allow anybody to join.
turning down members/income doesn't make sense
(even considering issues such as tournament entry eligibility or ratings, etc.)!

arosar
11-08-2005, 05:19 PM
Updated. See IM entry.

AR

arosar
12-08-2005, 04:20 PM
LOL!! My blog got a mention again in Bobby Ang's column...He actually featured the Jesse Sales annotated game I posted there!

Here is that game again. http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/2005/08/vengeful-nimzo.html

AR

Aaron Bellette
13-08-2005, 11:10 PM
Nicely put together blog AR :clap:

AB

Alan Shore
14-08-2005, 12:27 AM
I'm not sure if you've done this already, but Amiel maybe you can tell PaulB to advertise your site in the ACF bulletin? You have done an excellent job and it has the makings of a premier chess journalism project, well done!

arosar
15-08-2005, 08:15 AM
Cheers boys.

Blog updated. New entry on NZ Championships.

AR

arosar
16-08-2005, 11:51 AM
Updated. This one is for the Lebo.

AR

antichrist
17-08-2005, 09:40 PM
Falafel and Chess
After GM Nigel Short's visit to Beirut in June this year, Lebanon is once again in the chessic headlines. This time a couple of guys from the "Club of Creators" are setting out to create what will be the biggest chess board ever. Each square will be 13 x 13 metres and each pawn will measure between 1 and 2.8 metres.

Even Gary Kasparov is reported to have already given moral support. You can read the Daily Star report here.
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Being a total width of 5 cricket pitches there would need to be on a tower on both sides joined by a bridge to be able to see, then climb down the towers to move the pieces, then up again to see the opposition's move, repeat, repeat................. Your flag would expire quick smart.

It would have to be the best weight-lost program going. Kegless would lose his gut quick smart!

Rhubarb
17-08-2005, 10:13 PM
Being a total width of 5 cricket pitches there would need to be on a tower on both sides joined by a bridge to be able to see, then climb down the towers to move the pieces, then up again to see the opposition's move, repeat, repeat................. Your flag would expire quick smart.

It would have to be the best weight-lost program going. Kegless would lose his gut quick smart!That's a good call AC, but I think pathologically lazy bastards such as myself would be more likely to play blindfold than go to any physical exertion.

antichrist
21-08-2005, 10:06 AM
I would not mind going to the Abu Dhabi festival but I don't think lower players can enter the big event with those dozens of grandmasters, what an experience playing them.

antichrist
21-08-2005, 10:09 AM
Now Pinoy Traitor, who is your money on if Jesse Sales meets Ian Rogers?

No balimbing answers here thank you.

(balimbing is the fruit we call five star, having five faces the Pinoys say it aptly describes their politicians' hypocrisy)

arosar
21-08-2005, 10:17 AM
If you look closely, you'll see a picture of Brian Jones showing off his magazine to Antonio. It's the one with Sales on the cover.

AR

arosar
21-08-2005, 10:18 AM
Now Pinoy Traitor, who is your money on if Jesse Sales meets Ian Rogers?

The better player on the day will, of course, win.

AR

arosar
24-08-2005, 01:02 PM
Updated.

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

ursogr8
24-08-2005, 01:11 PM
Updated.

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

Riddle
Q. What is the difference between your recent blog and the News Bot?
A.

arosar
24-08-2005, 01:56 PM
I'm faster than any bot!

AR

antichrist
25-08-2005, 11:21 PM
AR, your mate Sales got a good write up and two photos in Bayanihan news. One para in I don't understand was
"It was a rewarding experience witnessing Santos kept his winning roll in Australia, says Sydney supporter Pabing Ramirez of Oatlands, NSW."

Is Santos his nick name and who is Pabing Ramirez, and why is your blogg not mentioned?

arosar
25-08-2005, 11:25 PM
Yes, I have that same newspaper. It was basically an editing issue. Pabring is that bloke who took videos at Fairfield.

AR

arosar
08-09-2005, 05:30 PM
Excuse me! Who can translate this for me?

"Da Sydney (Australia), un blog quotidianamente aggiornato sulle vicende scacchistiche dell'emisfero sud, con particolare riferimento a notizie, commenti, suggerimenti, posizioni, partite e link."

AR

Rincewind
08-09-2005, 06:01 PM
Excuse me! Who can translate this for me?

"Da Sydney (Australia), un blog quotidianamente aggiornato sulle vicende scacchistiche dell'emisfero sud, con particolare riferimento a notizie, commenti, suggerimenti, posizioni, partite e link."

AR

From Sydney (Australia), it is a blog updated daily on the chess events of the southern hemisphere, with particular reference to news, comments, advice, positions, games and links.

Spiny Norman
08-09-2005, 06:47 PM
"Da Sydney (Australia), un blog quotidianamente aggiornato sulle vicende scacchistiche dell'emisfero sud, con particolare riferimento a notizie, commenti, suggerimenti, posizioni, partite e link."
Wog-a-rama! ;) You're influence spreadeth far and wide. :cool:

arosar
09-09-2005, 07:51 AM
We shall see Frosty mate. Anyway, recent updates today and yesterday.

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

ursogr8
09-09-2005, 09:38 AM
^^^
I am having trouble seeing the relevance of the Comment for your most recent?
starter

arosar
09-09-2005, 09:50 AM
They are bots....they are a plague.

AR

antichrist
09-09-2005, 10:20 AM
In response to AR's Blog item:
My Most Important Chess Possessions

My custom-made wooden chess sets from Philippines - circa 1972
King approx 250mm height. As well as the games played on them against champions.

Sam Loyd and his Chess Problems by Alain C. White (Dover books) - as gives historical background of problems and terrific narration and themes.

A few of my chess students who "got the passion" and did Lasker smothermates in second comp game ever played.

My biggest regret not recording moves of my top social games, illustrative in nature and against champions.

Rincewind
09-09-2005, 10:56 AM
Most Important Chess Possessions

My custom-made wooden chess sets from Philippines - circa 1972
King approx 250mm height. As well as the games played on them against champions.

Sam Loyd and his Chess Problems by Alain C. White (Dover books) - as gives historical background of problems and terrific narration and themes.

A few of my chess students who "got the passion" and did Lasker smothermates in second comp game ever played.

My biggest regret not recording moves of my top social games, illustrative in nature and against champions.

Sorry, don't read the blog, so this might be a stupid question but... Is there a reason why this is all about you?

antichrist
09-09-2005, 02:45 PM
Sorry, don't read the blog, so this might be a stupid question but... Is there a reason why this is all about you?

Yeah, on the Blog AR talks about his prized chess possessions. I should have mentioned and you should have read the blogg. I imagine your most prized would be your former chess rating?

Rincewind
09-09-2005, 03:16 PM
Yeah, on the Blog AR talks about his prized chess possessions. I should have mentioned and you should have read the blogg. I imagine your most prized would be your former chess rating?

Maybe it would be easier if you posted your comments there as readers here (like me) may not have a clue what you are talking about.

antichrist
09-09-2005, 03:36 PM
Maybe it would be easier if you posted your comments there as readers here (like me) may not have a clue what you are talking about.

You haven't noticed that I went back and edited to mention Blogg item. AR has mentioned (after I began this thread) that comment there is not user friendly, and the thread's title I think makes it obvious, as you guessed, that of course refers to blog. As well discussion "over there" in Blogg would end up like Matt's UCJ's confusion, where in my method it is all in-house.

Just as the same as my method of quoting previous posts - a lay down misere (not misery).

arosar
09-09-2005, 03:56 PM
you're welcome to comment there - which is why I have the comment function activated (I can turn it off anytime). But as I am a resident here, I encourage discussions here. Problem over there is that the comment system is not user-friendly, particularly if a discussion gets big.

AR

Rincewind
09-09-2005, 04:06 PM
I would have thought you were hoping to get a wider audience at the blog than just people who are readers here and so would be better to keep comments on particular articles located on a single server.

As a workable idea I imagine news items, etc that you would not expect to generate much discussion, you would publish on your blog. Things that have a greater opportunity to provoke discussion simply start a new thread here and link to it from your blog - but post the initial comment here as well to simplify things for posters here.

arosar
09-09-2005, 04:11 PM
As a workable idea I imagine news items, etc that you would not expect to generate much discussion, you would publish on your blog. Things that have a greater opportunity to provoke discussion simply start a new thread here and link to it from your blog - but post the initial comment here as well to simplify things for posters here.

Done that. See "New title".

But I do get a lot of traffic already, particularly from OS. I even have Italian readers. Can you believe that? But the bulk is Aussie. There are also regulars all the way from friggin Yugoslavia. And there's somebody who reads virtually daily and works for the US military. Scary!

AR

ursogr8
09-09-2005, 04:48 PM
<snip> And there's somebody who reads virtually daily and works for the US military. Scary!

AR
Somebody, or something (software)?
Can you see name rank and serial number?

antichrist
09-09-2005, 05:39 PM
AR, if you want to do an international service on your blogg have some of our funniest posts re chess posted there. I am sure multilinguists will pick up and translate, put some in Bayan... newpaper also.

In nodding off during games thread there are some, you have poetic license to add a bit of spin.

arosar
09-09-2005, 05:44 PM
AR, if you want to do an international service on your blogg have some of our funniest posts re chess posted there. I am sure multilinguists will pick up and translate, put some in Bayan... newpaper also.

In nodding off during games thread there are some, you have poetic license to add a bit of spin.

General news items will make it to the blog (e.g. tournaments, ACF matters). CC verbal exchanges will not.

AR

antichrist
09-09-2005, 05:55 PM
General news items will make it to the blog (e.g. tournaments, ACF matters). CC verbal exchanges will not.

AR

fair enough but humour is international, it crosses all boundaries. Mother & Son has been translated into upteen languages.

arosar
09-09-2005, 06:00 PM
fair enough but humour is international, it crosses all boundaries. Mother & Son has been translated into upteen languages.

If I wanted to do that, I would've done so a long time ago. But if it has anything to do with 'general news' then it will make it.

AR

arosar
13-09-2005, 07:35 AM
Blog updated.

Interview with chess personality coming up!

AR

four four two
13-09-2005, 01:42 PM
Arosar,MtBuller brochure had plenty of alcohol advertising in it,cant say how many players got drunk though. ;)

In regards to the UAE,they have had quite a few major tournaments there since the mid eighties,notably the 1986 olympiad. Depasquale and West have played on aussie teams for asian mens there,you might like to ask them about their playing experiences there.UAE is putting more money into chess for public relations reasons,chess is considered a good "western" mainstream activity, so as to make their country look less fundamentalist. They have big shopping festivals,tennis tournaments and horse racing for the same reason.

arosar
13-09-2005, 02:11 PM
What about this business of the Vic Junior Masters? I thought that was not eligible for FIDE ratings. Or maybe I got the wrong bloody tournament.

AR

Bill Gletsos
13-09-2005, 02:21 PM
What about this business of the Vic Junior Masters? I thought that was not eligible for FIDE ratings. Or maybe I got the wrong bloody tournament.You have the right tournament.
It is my understanding that the event was submitted by Gary with comments indicating the mistake made by the organiser with regards the time control and therefore leaving the decision up to FIDE if they choose to rate the event or not.

arosar
15-09-2005, 08:48 AM
Ex-chess player and Council member, Bradley Loh, gives the CGM a full and frank interview.

Check out the blog.

AR

antichrist
15-09-2005, 09:50 AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Leaving Chess

Now we know you've left our game - why was that?
Bradley Loh - from Blog

I didn't want to keep spending all my weekends playing old men, narrow minded chess kids and teenage chess punks. These are people I wouldn't socialise with in other circles, so why waste 8 hours a day sitting opposite them? Don't get me wrong, I made some good friends in chess and they know who they are. I felt I lost my late teenage years to such a ridiculous pursuit.

Comment: Having night chess championships (on the quiet night) could leave teenagers free for sports and "vices" during days and busy evenings. Even have special 17- 25 year age comp nights on those quiet nights.

Teenage weekends "lost" to surfing (body or boards) are not regretted.

BL:
I am obsessive compulsive by nature. Chess was destroying me and I was becoming too fanatical about it. It was all chess, chess and chess at the expense of living life. I'd put on 20kg! Lost all contact with other friends. I felt normal when I was winning, but absolutely devastated when I lost. Chess competitions brought out all my bad traits.

Comment: combine with table tennis at same venue/evening, drops the kilos and some of the fanaticism. Also would cater to young people's energy levels etc. If TT coaching also provided, physical, expertise and competitive appetites all satisfied. Plus non-chessplaying friends/partners could also be occupied and happy.

Edit: to upset RW I forgot to include myself so here - I used to get great satisfaction in bashing up Jimmy Huang over the board and over the table.

four four two
15-09-2005, 12:31 PM
Hes gotta be the only person who put on 20kgs playing chess,what the hell was he eating :hmm: ,McDonalds for breakfast,KFC for lunch,Pizza Hut for dinner? Maybe he took up running and dancing for the women? :whistle:

auriga
15-09-2005, 12:50 PM
sheesh.
didn't karpov say he lost 20kg's during his match against korchnoi.
maybe just has low metabolism.

btw. ar, you need to sharpen up your interviewing technique for your blog.
ie. ask more cutting questions on time on nsqca council rather than playing and weight gain, etc. did have any beefs while on council?! :uhoh:

arosar
15-09-2005, 12:58 PM
sheesh.
didn't karpov say he lost 20kg's during his match against korchnoi.
maybe just has low metabolism.

btw. ar, you need to sharpen up your interviewing technique for your blog.
ie. ask more cutting questions on time on nsqca council rather than playing and weight gain, etc. did have any beefs while on council?! :uhoh:

DOn't worry...next one I got lined up is a bewdy! Literally.

AR

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 01:07 PM
sheesh.
didn't karpov say he lost 20kg's during his match against korchnoi.
maybe just has low metabolism.

btw. ar, you need to sharpen up your interviewing technique for your blog.
ie. ask more cutting questions on time on nsqca council rather than playing and weight gain, etc. did have any beefs while on council?! :uhoh:
I dont recall Bradley Loh ever being on the NSWCA Council.

firegoat7
15-09-2005, 01:27 PM
Hello,

How can we take this guy seriously...what sort of clown runs a marathon?

cheers Fg7

arosar
15-09-2005, 02:10 PM
Hello,

How can we take this guy seriously...what sort of clown runs a marathon?

cheers Fg7

don't be rude mate. He's me mate. And another one of these mathematical geniuses that put some of our resident experts to shame.

AR

arosar
15-09-2005, 02:19 PM
I dont recall Bradley Loh ever being on the NSWCA Council.

Listen here Bill. He was on Council, the PRO or something. I think 1999.

AR

auriga
15-09-2005, 02:26 PM
I dont recall Bradley Loh ever being on the NSWCA Council.

mentioned in ar's article... says 'served on council'.
maybe it was nswjcl!?

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 02:39 PM
Listen here Bill. He was on Council, the PRO or something. I think 1999.Listen here Amiel. Instead of just thinking it you should actually determine if it is in fact true. As far as I recall he was never on the NSWCA council and I'm certain my memory is far better than yours in this regard.

After all if you wish to be taken semi seriously as a journalist you should at least attempt to get the facts right.

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 02:41 PM
mentioned in ar's article... says 'served on council'.
maybe it was nswjcl!?Yes perhaps it was the NSWJCL, in which case AR should attempt to be accurate and unambiguous.

arosar
15-09-2005, 03:02 PM
Listen here Amiel. Instead of just thinking it you should actually determine if it is in fact true. As far as I recall he was never on the NSWCA council and I'm certain my memory is far better than yours in this regard.

After all if you wish to be taken semi seriously as a journalist you should at least attempt to get the facts right.

Listen here mate....if the bloke reckons he was on Council. He was on Council. Now the problem here is, he also cannot remember which one. I did ask him. Don't give me a bloody lecture mate. Or I'll take aim at you.

And believe me mate, I'm much better than Mr Sweeney.

AR

Rincewind
15-09-2005, 03:07 PM
if the bloke reckons he was on Council. He was on Council. Now the problem here is, he also cannot remember which one. I did ask him.

Is this what they refer to as "corroboration" in Net Journalism 101? Perhaps it was a neighbourhood watch council. ;)

arosar
15-09-2005, 03:08 PM
OK...now it's definitely the NSWCA.

AR

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 03:19 PM
OK...now it's definitely the NSWCA.What year and what position

arosar
15-09-2005, 03:34 PM
PRO and 1999.

AR

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 03:42 PM
PRO and 1999.And PRO is supposedly what position on the NSWCA Council?

arosar
15-09-2005, 03:46 PM
A public relations officer . . . or whatever you choose to call him.

AR

antichrist
15-09-2005, 03:46 PM
And PRO is supposedly what position on the NSWCA Council?

promotions officer for the women which you abolished 3 years ago.

And AR your Blog Discussion has hurdled the 2000 hits barrier - congrats

PRO = Public Relations Officer of course, at least I recovered from dodoness earlier than anyone else

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 06:53 PM
A public relations officer . . . or whatever you choose to call him.I checked who was elected to the 1999 NSWCA Council at the 1998 AGM and Bradley one of them. The Publicity Officer in 1999 was Michael Roche.

arosar
15-09-2005, 07:03 PM
I checked who was elected to the 1999 NSWCA Council at the 1998 AGM and Bradley one of them. The Publicity Officer in 1999 was Michael Roche.

The bloke reckons who was definitely on Council. Just can't remember the year.

AR

PHAT
15-09-2005, 09:16 PM
And believe me mate, I'm much better than Mr Sweeney.

I would love to see you hit your straps :) because for you to do better you will have to do something rough enough to get yourself banned. ;)

PHAT
15-09-2005, 09:36 PM
How about reporting the FK incident on your blog.

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 09:52 PM
The bloke reckons who was definitely on Council. Just can't remember the year.Well given he only played between 1996 and 2001 then Councils from 1997-2002 would seem likley. NSWCA Council members for 1997-2002:
1997 - Treddinnick, Falchoni, Greenwood, Zworestine, Gletsos, Cassettari, Parr, Tindall, Colquhoun, Weeks
1998 - Zworestine, Falchoni, Greenwood, Chek, Gletsos, Cassettari, Tredinnick, Barker, Rambukwella, Gastineau-Hills
1999 - Zworestine, Falchoni, Greenwood, Chek, Salter, Kordahi, Gletsos, Cassettari, Roche, Tarrant, Rippis, Farrell, Gastineau-Hills
2000 - Walsh, Greenwood, Cassettari, Tarrant, Lithgow, Farrell, Gletsos, Carratt, Baker, Gastineau-Hills
2001 - Keast, Baker, Greenwood, Carratt, Kordahi, Murrell, Farrell, Gletsos, Cassettari, Gastineau-Hills
2002 - Keast, Gletsos, Greenwood, Cassettari, Stead, Carratt, Farrell, Murrell, Accola, Rosario, Gastineau-Hills

arosar
15-09-2005, 09:53 PM
There are many things I've wanted to mention but I don't have enough cover to protect myself. FK could do me in for defo!

Has FK actually been kicked out? How come I saw him at the State's 2 weeks ago?

AR

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 10:00 PM
There are many things I've wanted to mention but I don't have enough cover to protect myself. FK could do me in for defo!More than likely.

Has FK actually been kicked out? How come I saw him at the State's 2 weeks ago?As is the case with all NSWCA suspensions they do not effect events players are currently competing in, only future events.

PHAT
15-09-2005, 10:54 PM
There are many things I've wanted to mention but I don't have enough cover to protect myself. Then get the signatures on you need.


FK could do me in for defo!

Not if you have the documents to prove a point of public interest.


Has FK actually been kicked out? Yes.

Bill Gletsos
15-09-2005, 11:19 PM
Thats right AR take legal advice from the likes of Sweeney and look forward to a life of living on park benchs with a cardboard sign saying "Will play chess for food". :whistle:

arosar
16-09-2005, 04:23 PM
Update on Jude Acers with video link!!

AR

antichrist
16-09-2005, 06:16 PM
Thats right AR take legal advice from the likes of Sweeney and look forward to a life of living on park benchs with a cardboard sign saying "Will play chess for food". :whistle:

Bill, I have been trying beat your caption for that sign but so far no luck - but I am exhausted.

four four two
22-09-2005, 10:58 AM
Cant imagine there would be alot of sponsorship money for a random chess match between Fischer and Karpov,but then again Bobby has some crazy fans. ;)

Rincewind
22-09-2005, 10:14 PM
Interesting story on the blog, Amiel.

arosar
22-09-2005, 10:18 PM
If you're talking about the latest entry...I was tipped on that one.

Next one is even bigger....will really shake the whole chess scene up.

AR

ursogr8
22-09-2005, 10:46 PM
If you're talking about the latest entry...I was tipped on that one.

Next one is even bigger....will really shake the whole chess scene up.

AR

We need a bit of a shake-up. Will it bring the old Bill back?

four four two
26-09-2005, 04:41 PM
Well according to FIDE Anand was the "world champion "in 2000. :owned:

arosar
30-09-2005, 06:20 PM
Blog updated with an angry piece from Doncaster.

AR

Denis_Jessop
30-09-2005, 07:58 PM
"Alexander Morozevich
Probably the most exciting player, what with his penchant for unusual lines."

ex The Closet GM. But it could be a description of AR's performance on the BB. :rolleyes: ;)

DJ

antichrist
01-10-2005, 08:01 AM
Concerning a Surry Hills Chess Centre, a pity we did not think of those disused and renovated railway workshops at Eveliegh like the Conservatorium of Music scored.

arosar
04-10-2005, 06:28 PM
Ian Rogers on Ergas.

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

four four two
05-10-2005, 12:53 PM
Australia falls?,werent we ranked 53rd on the previous FIDE rating list? :hmm:

arosar
13-10-2005, 05:35 PM
Breaking News! Fischer vs Topalov.

See blog.

AR

Dozy
13-10-2005, 07:22 PM
Breaking News! Fischer vs Topalov.

See blog.

ARInteresting story AR, thanks.

If it's true I wonder if Toppy would want to play Fischer? In straight chess I doubt that Fischer could hold a candle to him any more but Fischer Random is almost fairy chess.

four four two
13-10-2005, 08:34 PM
This is what they call a puff piece on a slow news day,seeing as its almost a foregone conclusion that Topalov will win San Luis. :rolleyes: I love how they say Fischer might be interested in playing Topalov,when surely its Topalov who would be calling the shots. :lol: And as for the australian reporter,considering there is only one in San Luis ,why didnt they name Rogers? Just another beat up to sell papers in Bulgaria. :whistle:
Surely there is enough real chess news going on Arosar that you dont have to reprint this rubbish? :hmm:

arosar
13-10-2005, 09:17 PM
Surely there is enough real chess news going on Arosar that you dont have to reprint this rubbish? :hmm:

News is news. If you don't like it, too bad.

AR

four four two
13-10-2005, 09:39 PM
Wanky rumours is NOT news,learn the difference blogboy. :P

arosar
13-10-2005, 10:43 PM
Wanky rumours is NOT news,learn the difference blogboy. :P

Err...it is 4-fingerer.

AR

four four two
13-10-2005, 11:47 PM
Arosar,one day you may realise the full potential of your blog. Your photography is on par with what you see in chess magazines,its your text that needs working on. :hand: If you were more selective in your choice of stories and covered stories in more depth you might get a range of commercial sponsors to back your blog.You do have potential as a chess journalist,but you are pissing it away by covering beat ups like the Topalov vs Fischer story. I would have preferred to see a more in depth coverage of the asian individual championships,then see that puff piece that was cooked up for a slow news day in San Luis. :thumdown:

arosar
14-10-2005, 06:39 AM
You idiot...it's a blog. Get that into your head. But anyway, cheers for feedback re pics. You happen to know anything about digital cameras?

AR

Ian Rout
14-10-2005, 09:16 AM
It's unlikely that Topalov would be doing something so stupid as daydreaming about what he'll do after winning the title when he should be focussing on actually winning it. And sure enough there's no reference in the report to him (though it wouldn't be surprising if he was willing to play assuming the price was right).

What really is news though is that the "Australian reporter" is evidently in contact with Bobby Fischer, unless he's just repeating something he's heard from somebody who heard it from somebody etc.

four four two
14-10-2005, 11:17 AM
You do realise some people actually make a living out of writing blogs,its called freelance journalism. ;) As for the "australian" reporter if Gary Lane isnt in San Luis,then it must be Ian.So why have they left the "reporters" name out? Because its a bogus "story" that only appearred to give people something to read about during the rest day. :whistle:

four four two
25-10-2005, 02:25 AM
Man on man matches are relics of the past? :lol: FIDE has and will continue to use this format,so will Kramnik. :hand:

Ian_Rogers
25-10-2005, 02:43 AM
I was as surprised as anyone to see the Fischer-Topalov story on the wires.
A friend in Iceland asked me to ask Danailov (Topalov's manager) the status of negotiations between Topalov and Fischer for a Fischerrandom match. (My friend had heard, well before San Luis, that Fischer was interested to play against an 'honest' top player and Topalov's name had been mentioned.) Danailov said there hadn't been any negotiations.
From that question/conversation Danailov created a story for the Bulgarian press that Fischer wanted to play Topalov, with me as the source.

Ian

four four two
25-10-2005, 04:20 AM
I have no doubt that you could get an interview with Danailov ,Ian,seeing as Danailov has spent some time in Australia in the past.But when the "press release" implied that you had spoken directly with Fischer it looked like a beat up straight away.If you had an interview with Fischer then surely it would have appeared in the Australian press.What I found funny was that the people circulating this story would choose a chess country that only has 3 journalists involved in international chess.If it wasnt you as the "source" it would have had to been either Lane or Despaquale,and considering Depasquale was playing in the Vic champs at the time then Lane was the only other possible "source".Do you know if Gary got asked by people if he was the Australian "source"?

arosar
25-10-2005, 02:21 PM
How about that Guru bloke? Ain't he good?

AR

four four two
25-10-2005, 08:51 PM
Guru[DC] is in no way a journalist,he is however a business man.I hope you do realise there is a difference between a journalist and a business man. ;)

arosar
25-10-2005, 10:43 PM
Guru[DC] is in no way a journalist,he is however a business man.I hope you do realise there is a difference between a journalist and a business man. ;)

Err...umm...gee you're sharp.

AR

Rincewind
25-10-2005, 11:38 PM
Guru[DC] is in no way a journalist,he is however a business man.I hope you do realise there is a difference between a journalist and a business man. ;)

I think the excerpt macavity posted from The Age answers this point. The businessmen are the ones who write press releases and the journalists are the ones who copy and paste them into newsprint and add their byline.

Mischa
25-10-2005, 11:39 PM
Even if it is all b*******

Bereaved
25-10-2005, 11:44 PM
Hello, Arosar,

definitely worth a mention of this event don't you think?

Cordover Primary Schools Chess Championships of Victoria thread has all the detail

Take care and God bless, Macavity

arosar
26-10-2005, 10:17 AM
Another Aussie chess blogger? Who is the Mechanical Turkey?

AR

antichrist
26-10-2005, 11:15 AM
Another Aussie chess blogger? Who is the Mechanical Turkey?

AR

Iron-bar Tuckey?

four four two
08-11-2005, 07:34 PM
Was Tiviakov drunk when he wrote that China and India have no chess culture? :lol:

They have only been playing chess a 1000 years longer than than anyone in Eastern Europe. :rolleyes:

jenni
08-11-2005, 08:25 PM
Was Tiviakov drunk when he wrote that China and India have no chess culture? :lol:

They have only been playing chess a 1000 years longer than than anyone in Eastern Europe. :rolleyes:

Not sure it is the same thing. e.g. a lot of Australian inventions go overseas to be commercialised. :)

When we were in the Ukraine, chess seemed to be everywhere. When we were in Shanghai, we had to explain to people what we meant by "chess" and it wasn't just a language problem.

However I am not sure that the lack of widespread chess culture in China and India compared to Russia translates into the Eastern Europeans remaining better. China appears to have a good chess talent identification and development program and to be putting the resources into chess.

Denis_Jessop
08-11-2005, 09:07 PM
Was Tiviakov drunk when he wrote that China and India have no chess culture? :lol:

They have only been playing chess a 1000 years longer than than anyone in Eastern Europe. :rolleyes:

I think that Tiviakov was right in the sense in which he made his statement. Chess may have originated in India but in a form fairly remote from modern chess. The game developed dramatically in the West, even after its great refinement in Arabia, and India had no world reputation as a chess-playing nation, apart from the sensational appearance of Sultan Khan, until very recently. China, like Japan, has virtually no history of playing Western chess. Its form of the game was rather different. On the other hand, as Jenni has pointed out, the depth of modern chess in European culture, especially in Eastern Europe and Germany, is profound. What Tiviakov did not take into account in his reply is that the population of China and of India is so enormous that only a tiny percentage of it need take an interest in chess for each country to become a significant world power in 10 years' time especially if chess has government support.

DJ

four four two
09-11-2005, 12:04 PM
Denis,Tiviakov is sprouting the usual eurocentric rubbish.
The reason Russia and the other republics of the former soviet union are the strength they are is because the soviet government spent in real terms about 40 million dollars on chess between 1949-1991. Its no wonder they have plenty of strong players.
In the last ten years the chinese government has spent several million dollars on their chess players,the improvement of their male players has been quite simply ENORMOUS. China is now ranked 10th in the world,average rating of their top 10 players is 2601,only 61 points behind the ukraine.India which spends alot less money than China is currently ranked 15th. China will not break Russia's dominance in 10 years,but they will certainly be pushing the Ukraine for the number 2 ranking. They achieved in 10 years nearly everything that Britain has done in 30years.
As for China having virtually no history of playing "western chess",they have played our version of chess along side "chinese chess" for at least 1600 years.
The only thing you can debate is which came first ,our chess[64 squares/32 pieces] or "chinese chess".Lets not forget that the Persian word shah is where many countries get there word for "check" from,including russia and germany.
Tiviakov ,along with many ex soviets, seems to think that chess dominance is their "birthright". They simply can not "concieve" that other people can make serious improvements in chess.They conviently forget that before WW2,most of the strong chess players were neither russian or ukranian.This is the same type of mentality that thinks there will NEVER be an african player in the top 50 players in the world,at best its a condescending attitude and at worst its simply rascist. :wall:

Denis_Jessop
09-11-2005, 06:58 PM
Denis,Tiviakov is sprouting the usual eurocentric rubbish.
The reason Russia and the other republics of the former soviet union are the strength they are is because the soviet government spent in real terms about 40 million dollars on chess between 1949-1991. Its no wonder they have plenty of strong players.

<snip>


Dear 4-4-2

This statement is a gross over-simplification and just wrong in fact.

Nothing that I said denied that the USSR gave strong support to chess and, to the extent that you say that government support can improve things, you confirm what I said about that possibility in India and China.

But to imply, as you do, that chess was insignificant in world terms in Russia/USSR before 1949 is just silly.

The Soviet chess school was firmly established by 1949. Botvinnik was already World Champion. Keres, Smyslov, Flohr, Averbach, Bronstein, Boleslavsky, Bondarevsky, Geller, Kotov, Korchnoi, Petrosian, Tal, Taimanov, and a host of others were already prominent.

But worse than that, for your contention, Russia had produced a whole swag of world class players under the Tsars. I assume you have heard of Alexander Alekhine ;) . But I mention a few others who come easily to mind - Petroff, Chigorin, Nimzovich, Bogojubow, Tartakower and Znosko-Borovsky. If you follow Euwe's view you can also include Reshevsky.

The truth of the matter is that chess in Russia has a long and deep cultural history going back centuries.

DJ

four four two
09-11-2005, 07:22 PM
Most of Alekhines contemporaries were neither russian or ukranian.

I never said there were no world class russian or ukranian chess players before WW2,the point is that the real growth in strength terms of players from the soviet union happened because the government was financing chess players.
The question you should be asking is ,why cant this happen in China or India? Tiviakov gives the impression that they cant ,because they are asian and have no "real chess culture".
If the australian government or a private body was to spend 5-10 million dollars on chess in this country over a 10 year period what do you think the result would be? I have no doubt there would be a MASSIVE jump in the standard of players being produced in this country.
China is to a degree copying the 1949-1991 soviet model,to think that they have no chance of becoming the number 2 country in another 10 years is to be condescending/naive or rascist. Spending millions of dollars will give you results,regardless of what so called "heritage" or "culture" you have. ;)

Denis_Jessop
09-11-2005, 08:21 PM
Most of Alekhines contemporaries were neither russian or ukranian.

I never said there were no world class russian or ukranian chess players before WW2,the point is that the real growth in strength terms of players from the soviet union happened because the government was financing chess players.
The question you should be asking is ,why cant this happen in China or India? Tiviakov gives the impression that they cant ,because they are asian and have no "real chess culture".
If the australian government or a private body was to spend 5-10 million dollars on chess in this country over a 10 year period what do you think the result would be? I have no doubt there would be a MASSIVE jump in the standard of players being produced in this country.
China is to a degree copying the 1949-1991 soviet model,to think that they have no chance of becoming the number 2 country in another 10 years is to be condescending/naive or rascist. Spending millions of dollars will give you results,regardless of what so called "heritage" or "culture" you have. ;)


My only purpose in taking this further is to point out that nothing that Tiviakov said can be taken by any reasonable person to be racist.

I assume you have read the relevant part of NIC 2005/7 :hmm:

For those who haven't, the part in question is their regular "Just Checking" Q&A sketch inside the back cover.

The question concerned was: "What will be the number one chess country in the world 10 years from now?"

T's answer was: "Nothing will change in the current heirarchy. Russia will remain one of the strongest countries in the world because of its deep chess culture, as will Ukraine, probably. China, India and other chess developing countries have no chess culture and will not be strong enough to break the hegemony of the present leading chess countries."

There are no racist overtones in that statement. Moreover, regarding Russia, it only says that Russia will remain one of the strongest chess countries (and probably the Ukraine also). Given that the period in question is only 10 years ahead (that is, the world's best players then are already well on the way to the top now) and that Russia now has some 80 odd GMs in its top 100 players T's statement can hardly be challenged on reasonable grounds. Note too, that Tiviakov did not say which were, in his opinion, now the "leading chess countries".

As a tailpiece - T was also asked "What is the best chess country in the world?" and his answer was "The Netherlands" :hand:

DJ

auriga
10-11-2005, 09:59 AM
in the same questionnaire, tiviakov
answers the question 'what is your favorite drink' with 'green tea with jasmine' :)

he also says he has a 'dream of visiting australia and antarctica'...
maybe we should invite him to the 2006 doeberl cup
when he comes i'll give him a quick tour of downtown mawson afterwards!

shaun
10-11-2005, 01:13 PM
in the same questionnaire, tiviakov
answers the question 'what is your favorite drink' with 'green tea with jasmine' :)

he also says he has a 'dream of visiting australia and antarctica'...
maybe we should invite him to the 2006 doeberl cup
when he comes i'll give him a quick tour of downtown mawson afterwards!

Why? He accepted an invitation to the 1999 Australian Open (Air ticket provided), and then pulled out at the last minute, screwing the organisers royally.

pax
10-11-2005, 03:57 PM
I have Amiel's blog open in one of my firefox tabs.

The title on the tab reads:

"The Closet Grandma"

:owned: :owned:

Kevin Bonham
10-11-2005, 04:04 PM
I have AR's blog as my homepage. Firstly because it is lively, amusing and informative and secondly because I like to keep an eye on him. :cool:

jase
11-11-2005, 09:48 AM
Why? He accepted an invitation to the 1999 Australian Open (Air ticket provided), and then pulled out at the last minute, screwing the organisers royally.

Agreed. I negotiated with him in 1999 for the QVB Chess Festival - the deal he wanted kept sliding upwards until I eventually grew tired of being hustled and sent a terse email ceasing negotiations.

I corresponded with the Australian Open organisers about my negotiations and tried to steer them away from Tiviakov, and towards Joel Benjamin, who I had found far more amenable, but to no avail.

I'd rather bring Peter Svidler here; he'll be better value, is media-friendly, and a great guy. The next Australian Open would be a strong possibility.

arosar
11-11-2005, 10:30 AM
He's a real prick then isn't he? I reckon bring him here and as soon as he lands, stick him in friggin' Villawood.

AR

Garvinator
11-11-2005, 12:28 PM
I'd rather bring Peter Svidler here; he'll be better value, is media-friendly, and a great guy. The next Australian Open would be a strong possibility.
the last australian open was actually a big chance, but he kept asking for more and more and accor hotels eventually werent prepared to cough up what he was asking for.

Ian_Rogers
14-11-2005, 11:33 PM
Svidler asked for and it was agreed that he receive

Two air tickets from Moscow for himself and his wife Olga.
Accommodation and food in Mt Buller and Melbourne
Tickets to see the Boxing Day Test (Accor has a corporate box) on December 26 and 27.
Fee/ expenses of $US1,000

In return Svidler would give one simultaneous and two lectures, plus promote the tournament.

George managed to renege on the agreement by insisting that Svidler make a corny anti-Russian comment in a television promotion for one of the sponsor's vodkas. When Svidler said he would promote the vodka, but not in those words, George cancelled the whole deal.

Ian

Garvinator
15-11-2005, 12:26 AM
Svidler asked for and it was agreed that he receive

Two air tickets from Moscow for himself and his wife Olga.
Accommodation and food in Mt Buller and Melbourne
Tickets to see the Boxing Day Test (Accor has a corporate box) on December 26 and 27.
Fee/ expenses of $US1,000

In return Svidler would give one simultaneous and two lectures, plus promote the tournament.

George managed to renege on the agreement by insisting that Svidler make a corny anti-Russian comment in a television promotion for one of the sponsor's vodkas. When Svidler said he would promote the vodka, but not in those words, George cancelled the whole deal.

Ian

I was told completely different by both George and Roman, but I am not surprised that there is a different set of scenarios by different people with me right in the middle.

Alan Shore
15-11-2005, 01:13 AM
Svidler asked for and it was agreed that he receive

Two air tickets from Moscow for himself and his wife Olga.
Accommodation and food in Mt Buller and Melbourne
Tickets to see the Boxing Day Test (Accor has a corporate box) on December 26 and 27.
Fee/ expenses of $US1,000

In return Svidler would give one simultaneous and two lectures, plus promote the tournament.

George managed to renege on the agreement by insisting that Svidler make a corny anti-Russian comment in a television promotion for one of the sponsor's vodkas. When Svidler said he would promote the vodka, but not in those words, George cancelled the whole deal.

Ian


I find that curious... who would ask anyone to say anything against their own country for TV unless they thought of them as a real sellout corporate whore? You just don't ask that of one of the world's top players...

I guess it's one of those instances that makes it hard to hear both sides with George in hiding... either that's not the whole truth or George was extremely tactless...?

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2005, 01:55 AM
George managed to renege on the agreement by insisting that Svidler make a corny anti-Russian comment in a television promotion for one of the sponsor's vodkas. When Svidler said he would promote the vodka, but not in those words, George cancelled the whole deal.

A fascinating (and very unfortunate) little episode if the above is completely accurate. Can anybody else confim?

Vlad
15-11-2005, 04:34 AM
He's a real prick then isn't he? I reckon bring him here and as soon as he lands, stick him in friggin' Villawood.

AR

I am getting tired of you putting all these anti-russian news all the time. I do not think I want to know you anymore...

stupid goat
15-11-2005, 05:34 AM
I am getting tired of you putting all these anti-russian news all the time. I do not think I want to know you anymore...

Did it ever occured to you that people are sick and tired of scums like these and some of them happens to be Russian?! May be you should join your fellow russian BB and tell them you are sick and tired of their behaviors and that may be the reason you came to Australia and joined us instead??? :whistle:

arosar
15-11-2005, 09:38 AM
I am getting tired of you putting all these anti-russian news all the time. I do not think I want to know you anymore...

What anti-russian news all the time? It's like one item! Sheesh!! Some blokes are so sensitive.

Look, you shoulda been at the Spanish Festival the other day. The MC was insulting every ethnic group in this country, calling Aussies skips and all that. Even pointed to some Irish bloke in the crowd and said, "look at this Irish guy. He's so pissed that he's not drunk enough". This is in the middle of the city.

But I suppose that's the problem with you Russians. You haven't really got a sense of humour.

AR

Vlad
15-11-2005, 09:47 AM
Did it ever occured to you that people are sick and tired of scums like these and some of them happens to be Russian?! May be you should join your fellow russian BB and tell them you are sick and tired of their behaviors and that may be the reason you came to Australia and joined us instead??? :whistle:

If you have ever read Griboedov's "Gore ot uma" (I would translate it as the curse of intellect"), you would understand why I am sincerely envious to you, mate.

Rincewind
15-11-2005, 10:11 AM
If you have ever read Griboedov's "Gore ot uma" (I would translate it as the curse of intellect"), you would understand why I am sincerely envious to you, mate.

Who says Russians don't have a sense of humour? :D

four four two
15-11-2005, 10:44 AM
Well they gave us Boris "the dancing drunk" Yeltsin as a politician,who couldnt laugh with a guy like that in charge of a couple of thousand thermo nuclear warheads..... :lol:

There are some nice ex-soviet players in australia,then again there are some obnoxious,arrogant,dour players who think the average australian person is nothing but a village peasant with no sense of culture who can go to a beach.
The question is which one are you Drug? :hmm:

jenni
15-11-2005, 04:04 PM
Well they gave us Boris "the dancing drunk" Yeltsin as a politician,who couldnt laugh with a guy like that in charge of a couple of thousand thermo nuclear warheads..... :lol:

There are some nice ex-soviet players in australia,then again there are some obnoxious,arrogant,dour players who think the average australian person is nothing but a village peasant with no sense of culture who can go to a beach.
The question is which one are you Drug? :hmm:

Well unless he has changed in the last few years, he is a gentle, courteous person, with a real desire to help improve chess quality in Australia....

arosar
15-11-2005, 04:38 PM
Well unless he has changed in the last few years, he is a gentle, courteous person, with a real desire to help improve chess quality in Australia....

All that and he likes to dance too.

AR

Rincewind
15-11-2005, 05:02 PM
All that and he likes to dance too.

I would say "you idiot!" except when I read Jenni's post I thought to myself, "when did Jenni meet Yeltsin?" :D

jenni
15-11-2005, 06:46 PM
All that and he likes to dance too.

AR

I have to admit this is a side I have not seen. :)

arosar
15-11-2005, 07:17 PM
I have to admit this is a side I have not seen. :)

We shall say nothing more of it. He might get upset. I have to see the bloke on Friday!

AR

auriga
15-11-2005, 09:40 PM
i hear you're a big of disco wig on the dance floor, arosar!

arosar
15-11-2005, 11:22 PM
i hear you're a big of disco wig on the dance floor, arosar!

I don't think so mate. Just ask jase.

AR

Ian_Rogers
16-11-2005, 10:20 AM
From rereading some old Mount Buller emails, it seems that Accor thought that the Svidler trip would coast them $25,000 and they baulked at that.

Allowing for the income generated from Svidlers simul and lectures, I would estimate that the likely total cost of his visit would have been $3,000-5,000 plus some hotel nights. If the simul and lecture income went to the tournament budget rather than Accor, the total cost still could not have exceeded $10,000.

So someone stood to make a killing if Accor paid out $25,000 for the Svidler visit - and it certainly wasn't going to be Svidler.

Ian

four four two
19-11-2005, 08:51 AM
Does anyone know what the exact fee is for a country to be a member of FIDE? :hmm:

Alan Shore
27-11-2005, 11:55 PM
Just why the hell does your link to chesschat, read ChessChat.org (MA15+)???

Obviously it's not, what with a totalitarian moderation regime here.....

arosar
14-12-2005, 06:04 AM
"I think Zhigalko (2537) is the toughest opponent I had played in the tournament because his very good at opening theories, and also understand how to continued after opening".

In this exclusive, George Xie speaks!

http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/

AR

Gringo
14-12-2005, 08:29 AM
the word "Superstar" doesn't apply to George in any context. Just another example of your Blathering Hype. :rolleyes:

arosar
14-12-2005, 11:53 AM
the word "Superstar" doesn't apply to George in any context. Just another example of your Blathering Hype. :rolleyes:

You have a talent for the obvious. Of course everybody knows it's sensationalist. So what? I reckon you're just jealous.

AR

four four two
31-03-2006, 10:11 AM
Interesting contrast between Malaysia and Australia national championships...Malaysia has to beg to get their players to play and here we have players banging on the door to get in.;)

antichrist
01-04-2006, 11:08 AM
From Bergil to AR:
As opposed to calling people names and making sexist and racist comments! Maybe you like me to say you are pleasured by a business owner in the CBD?

four four two
07-04-2006, 05:07 PM
Mr Jones,whats your impression on what has transpired?:hmm:

Are you waiting for the hyperbole to settle?:hmm:

Tomas Kessler
07-04-2006, 10:32 PM
I can confirm Amiel Rosario's "Closet Grandmaster Blog is widely read in the Czech Republic,Slovakia and Poland.

arosar
12-04-2006, 10:09 AM
How ever they measure it, technorati.com now ranks The Closet Grandmaster as one of the top 10 chess blogs in all of the blogosphere.

We are ranked #6.

AR

antichrist
12-04-2006, 12:08 PM
How ever they measure it, technorati.com now ranks The Closet Grandmaster as one of the top 10 chess blogs in all of the blogosphere.

We are ranked #6.

AR

But your Blog Discussion is more fun.

In Ian Rogers latest column he states how Philippines has jumped ahead of Aussie in world ratings.

arosar
12-04-2006, 12:20 PM
But your Blog Discussion is more fun.

In Ian Rogers latest column he states how Philippines has jumped ahead of Aussie in world ratings.

Which column?

Anyway, it is only natural that my beloved Philippines is ahead of Australia.

AR

antichrist
12-04-2006, 12:33 PM
Which column?

Anyway, it is only natural that my beloved Philippines is ahead of Australia.

AR

I can't drag it over due to format but try www.echo.net.au page 66 top left corner.

The easy way I found is that when you land on homepage then enter section and chess which does not work, you will land on page 77, then look up on the address above and just change the page no to 66 then go.

PHAT
12-04-2006, 03:31 PM
We are ranked #6.

:clap:

Watto
13-04-2006, 08:14 AM
Let's get one thing straight. Bloggers are not journos. AR
Okay, thanks for clearing that up.

Rincewind
13-04-2006, 08:22 AM
Okay, thanks for clearing that up.

arosar explains what bloggers are in this post (http://chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=63499&postcount=7).

ursogr8
13-04-2006, 08:33 AM
Let's get one thing straight. Bloggers are not journos. You are already the third person here who seems confused by this.

AR

The others have not been exposed. :oops:


Btw, AR, ....now that you have picked up Shaun and a couple of other posters-of-renown, have you thought of offering Frosty and Libby an outlet for their posting addiction. :uhoh:

regards
starter

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2006, 11:37 AM
Let's get one thing straight. Bloggers are not journos. You are already the third person here who seems confused by this.

Then why do you call any dirt you get a "scoop"? :eek:

arosar
13-04-2006, 11:41 AM
You must be joking.

AR

pax
13-04-2006, 12:34 PM
AR, this is not good journalism. A good journalist shouldn't be telling the main players how to feel and act and hardening lines of confrontation- leave that to others. (I know you're a blogger, not a journalist but try as I might not to, I keep confusing the two).


Think of a blog as more of an opinion column than a news report.

Imagine how boring life would be if Phillip Adams or Janet Albrechtson restrained themselves from telling people how to think and act, or if Piers Akerman never tried to harden lines of confrontation :)

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2006, 12:41 PM
You must be joking.

My point is you're trying to get the best of both words - carrying on as if you're a journo but with limited attention to journalistic standards, albeit probably no worse than some tabloids.

Watto
13-04-2006, 01:39 PM
Think of a blog as more of an opinion column than a news report.
Ah… like Bolt of the Herald Sun you mean? :)
AR quite often adopts the style of an investigative reporter, but it sounds like he’s not confused himself about his role (definitely not in the link posted by RW ;)) or wanting to suggest his ‘reporting’ satisfies the standards of good journalism so I’ve got no more to say. As I said, his blog’s a good one- great photos and coverage of tournaments. And he does get interesting ‘scoops’.


Imagine how boring life would be if Phillip Adams or Janet Albrechtson restrained themselves from telling people how to think and act, or if Piers Akerman never tried to harden lines of confrontation :)
To be honest I find Adams a bit of a pompous bore but I get your point. ;)

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2006, 02:00 PM
Imagine how boring life would be if Phillip Adams or Janet Albrechtson restrained themselves from telling people how to think and act, or if Piers Akerman never tried to harden lines of confrontation :)

Probably less boring than it is now. I could easily do without all of those. :)


As I said, his blog’s a good one- great photos and coverage of tournaments. And he does get interesting ‘scoops’.

I agree with this in general but reserve the right to stir him when he gets into sensationalist/gossip mode.

Watto
13-04-2006, 02:02 PM
My point is you're trying to get the best of both words - carrying on as if you're a journo but with limited attention to journalistic standards, albeit probably no worse than some tabloids.

Having said I'll say no more on the topic... I agree with this.

Still, AR has clearly stated he's not a journo... if he starts claiming otherwise... well, as an outed confusee I'll expect the journalistic standards to emerge. ;)

arosar
26-04-2006, 12:03 PM
I just cannot believe it! I am beside myself. I mean, I'm going nuts here friends.

This little blogger is now listed by the New York Times' "About.com" as one of their top choices for the top chess blogs on the web. TCG site is featured as a permanent link, in their chess section, under 'Related blogs'.

Less than a year old and wow!! I'm just like gobsmacked!!

http://chess.about.com/od/blogs/

AR

bergil
26-04-2006, 12:05 PM
I'm just like gobsmacked!!You should be gobsmacked and repeatedly!! :P :lol:

But congrats none the less. :clap:

WhiteElephant
26-04-2006, 12:27 PM
I just cannot believe it! I am beside myself. I mean, I'm going nuts here friends.

This little blogger is now listed by the New York Times' "About.com" as one of their top choices for the top chess blogs on the web. TCG site is featured as a permanent link, in their chess section, under 'Related blogs'.

Less than a year old and wow!! I'm just like gobsmacked!!

http://chess.about.com/od/blogs/

AR

That's fantastic but hey it's well deserved!

Dozy
26-04-2006, 02:06 PM
Well done, Amiel. Congrats

antichrist
26-04-2006, 09:19 PM
Certainly congrats. especially since you cover many local stories that would not interest overseas people. And thanks for describing me as a chess organiser somewhere there.

arosar
26-04-2006, 09:25 PM
I should thank Mr Rout for the link from his Doeberl page. His referral traffic boosted my blog traffic quite a bit.

AR

Watto
27-04-2006, 08:34 AM
I just cannot believe it! I am beside myself. I mean, I'm going nuts here friends.

This little blogger is now listed by the New York Times' "About.com" as one of their top choices for the top chess blogs on the web. TCG site is featured as a permanent link, in their chess section, under 'Related blogs'.

Less than a year old and wow!! I'm just like gobsmacked!!

http://chess.about.com/od/blogs/

AR
Wow, that is impressive- congrats!

pax
27-04-2006, 08:42 AM
Listed above Susan Polgar, no less :)

Garvinator
06-06-2006, 04:16 PM
Dont worry about Australia not having a third grandmaster, this has been solved.

According to the links that Amiel provides, Arianne is our third grandmaster :eek:
and is the Anna Kournikova of the chess world, bit harsh, I think Arianne has won something previously ;)

Also, I wasnt aware that Arianne was ranked three in Australia, Bill Gletsos, update the rating list to reflect this :P

And Mr Jessop, there is a quote attributed to you about an inquiry.. we wait :D

Basil
06-06-2006, 05:01 PM
This little blogger is now listed by the New York Times' "About.com" as one of their top choices for the top chess blogs on the web.

Congrats AR - I like to see things like that.

Garvinator
08-06-2006, 12:05 AM
I think Amiel's site has crashed. As soon as I click on the comments part, I get error. Clearly too much activity on his site ;)

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2006, 12:25 AM
Amiel, what's the site traffic been like lately? Do you have hits per day stats?

antichrist
08-06-2006, 05:59 PM
The RP team in spite of having 5 GMs scored less than the Aussie team - they are now wearing signs around their neck "Will suck sav for Australia" - cop that!

Denis_Jessop
08-06-2006, 09:40 PM
Dont worry about Australia not having a third grandmaster, this has been solved.

According to the links that Amiel provides, Arianne is our third grandmaster :eek:
and is the Anna Kournikova of the chess world, bit harsh, I think Arianne has won something previously ;)

Also, I wasnt aware that Arianne was ranked three in Australia, Bill Gletsos, update the rating list to reflect this :P

And Mr Jessop, there is a quote attributed to you about an inquiry.. we wait :D

About Arianne's rating, as far as I can see, currently she is the third highest Australian woman on the FIDE rating list while she is second-highest ACF-rated woman.

DJ

arosar
25-07-2006, 09:21 AM
Did you know that this here little blog celebrated first birthday this month? Pay a visit to blog and give the TCG a little shout out.

Link below.

AR

WhiteElephant
26-07-2006, 12:06 PM
Did you know that this here little blog celebrated first birthday this month? Pay a visit to blog and give the TCG a little shout out.

Link below.

AR

Congrats on your first birthday and keep up the quality material!

Brian_Jones
26-07-2006, 12:46 PM
Did you know that this here little blog celebrated first birthday this month? AR

Happy Birthday Amiel!

Brian_Jones
22-09-2006, 10:06 AM
I was browsing through the Bayanihan News for September 2006 (as any self-respecting aussie chess player does) when I came across the Chess Today chess column written by Amien Rosario.

I suspect this is a typo for Amiel but maybe the Closet Grandmaster has a brother Amien?

Great chess column entitled "Hectic August for RP Chess" (whoever wrote it!)

arosar
22-09-2006, 10:08 AM
Yeah, they can't seem to get me bloody name right. Btw, look out for another Pinoy sports magazine soon.

AR

bergil
03-11-2006, 11:40 AM
From your blog AR:
"NSWCA politicians appear to have handed out life memberships to one of their own. For example, last year - no less than the big boss himself, Bill Gletsos, was a happy recipient of this award."


I (alone) nominated Bill Gletsos for NSWCA Life Membership at the latest AGM of the NSWCA.:hand:

arosar
03-11-2006, 12:47 PM
woof...woof....

Did I hear a poodle bark?

A nomination is a nomination. It need not be accepted.

AR

bergil
03-11-2006, 12:57 PM
woof...woof....

Did I hear a poodle bark?

A nomination is a nomination. It need not be accepted.

ARAre you in heat? Can't you control yourself? :hmm:

antichrist
01-01-2007, 09:40 AM
http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/2007/01/african-nightmare-aussie-connection.html

AR

any chance of that happening to Jesse Sales?

Denis_Jessop
01-01-2007, 11:37 AM
any chance of that happening to Jesse Sales?


:confused:

DJ

arosar
02-01-2007, 09:42 PM
Woohoo! Got an unsolicited mention in the latest Chess Today issue.

AR

antichrist
03-03-2007, 08:22 PM
6 Pinoy chess players in game-fixing suspended
02/28/2007 | 07:58 PM

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) has suspended six players three of them international masters for involvement in game fixing in local and international tournaments.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, the NCFP said that international master Ronald Dableo was banned for a year.

The move was the result of a unanimous decision by the NCFP executive board to slap the suspension on the erring players who were implicated in game-fixing scandals.

Aside from Dableo, the five other players who were suspended for six months were IM Chito Garma, IM Darwin Laylo, Oliver Barbosa, Merben Roque, and lone female player Enerose Magno.

The suspension order was signed by NCFP president and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr.

"Acting on the recommendation of the Internal Affairs Committee, headed by former Benguet Gov. Raul Molintas, the NCFP resolved to suspend all the six players starting 27 February," said NCFP secretary-general and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino in the official statement.

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2007, 08:26 PM
He covered the suspensions in his item of 1 March.

antichrist
03-03-2007, 08:34 PM
He covered the suspensions in his item of 1 March.

Well why was LLoyd Fell barred from NSW champs for saying exactly this, Bill was on the committee - come clean mr presi.!

Bill Gletsos
03-03-2007, 08:46 PM
Well why was LLoyd Fell barred from NSW champs for saying exactly this, Bill was on the committee - come clean mr presi.!No, as usual you have it wrong.

He was expelled from the event for racially abusing a number of different nationalities. His outburst was heard by a number of NSWCA Council who were present at the event including if I recall correctly the then NSWCA President Bob Keast.

antichrist
03-03-2007, 08:53 PM
No, as usual you have it wrong.

He was expelled from the event for racially abusing a number of different nationalities. His outburst was heard by a number of NSWCA Council who were present at the event including if I recall correctly the then NSWCA President Bob Keast.

Exactly, he was accusing a certain race of cheating - his outburst was belatedly supported by my post above. The other race he accused of cheating admitted to me in their chesscafe that they did cheat exactly as Lloyd had accused them.

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2007, 09:24 PM
Exactly, he was accusing a certain race of cheating - his outburst was belatedly supported by my post above. The other race he accused of cheating admitted to me in their chesscafe that they did cheat exactly as Lloyd had accused them.

There is a massive difference between accusing one race of cheating (which Fell reportedly did) and reporting that several people of one nationality have been suspended for cheating.

Comparing the two is like saying all Aussies are drug cheats just because a few have been suspended from various sports.

antichrist
04-03-2007, 08:38 PM
There is a massive difference between accusing one race of cheating (which Fell reportedly did) and reporting that several people of one nationality have been suspended for cheating.

Comparing the two is like saying all Aussies are drug cheats just because a few have been suspended from various sports.

You should realise by now that I don't let little insignificiant detail ruin a good story.

I have noticed that Ian Rogers has steered away from local controverseys in his latest columns. I had sent him copies of Mischa's allegations - very generous sharing person I am!

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2007, 03:30 AM
You should realise by now that I don't let little insignificiant detail ruin a good story.

Where "story" in your case invariably involves the concept of fiction.


I have noticed that Ian Rogers has steered away from local controverseys in his latest columns. I had sent him copies of Mischa's allegations - very generous sharing person I am!

Has he blocked you or threatened you with a lawsuit yet? :lol:

Watto
16-03-2007, 07:45 AM
Hi AR. It might just be me but for the last few months, pretty much since you introduced that Snap preview thing, I haven't been able to read the comments on your blog without a lot of difficulty (or therefore add a comment if I wanted to). Screen just slows up and after a minute or two I just give up. It doesn't always freeze but almost always. I haven't changed computers or anything so thought I'd mention it in case others have had the same problem.

arosar
16-03-2007, 09:35 AM
What screen just shows up? The preview screen?

Anyway, try making a comment on this blog - http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ - one without the snap preview and see if you can.

AR

Watto
16-03-2007, 09:48 AM
What screen just shows up? The preview screen?

Anyway, try making a comment on this blog - http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ - one without the snap preview and see if you can.

ARMore often than not my computer screen slows up (freezes) when I press ‘comments’ so I can't read them. I’ll try the link above when I get home and let you know how it goes. Might be my set up.

ElevatorEscapee
17-03-2007, 05:39 PM
^ Could it be an issue with popups/security settings on your browser?

Watto
17-03-2007, 09:16 PM
What screen just shows up? The preview screen?

Anyway, try making a comment on this blog - http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ - one without the snap preview and see if you can.

AR
Turns out I can't make a comment on that blog either so it's nothing to do with the snap preview. So guess it's just me then, which is good.

EE might be right. I'll check it out.

Zwischenzug
18-03-2007, 08:31 AM
I tried posting a comment on that blog and it says:

"Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."

Watto
18-03-2007, 09:30 AM
I tried posting a comment on that blog and it says:

"Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."
Ah. After reading this I've just tried again and could get to the sartorialist's comments this time, but not TCG. Not to worry... seems to be a problem limited to my set up.

PhilD707
19-03-2007, 08:59 AM
I tried posting a comment on that blog and it says:

"Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."

AR, I have tried to post your blog twice in the last 3 days without success and I have been getting the same comment regarding moderation.
My reply did not published in the topic, "A Rare Literary gem", and as I have lost interest in getting a response up over there i'll put it here as its easier.

This topic is an entirely unprovoked personal swipe at Chess businessman David Cordover. Your very sarcastic comments are aimed at what you perceive to be excessive claims made by him in his own newsletter promoting his own business.

Two things I would say
1. If you wish to adopt a position of informed commentary on the Chess scene on your blog it would be best to avoid trivial verbal abuse, else your blog may become just a gossip column.
2. DC has made a huge contribution to Junior Chess in Tasmania and on the mainland.
What's been your contribution to Australian Chess to date?

Phil

arosar
19-03-2007, 09:21 AM
This topic is an entirely unprovoked personal swipe at Chess businessman David Cordover. Your very sarcastic comments are aimed at what you perceive to be excessive claims made by him in his own newsletter promoting his own business.

I'm entitled to be incredulous of "multi-million dollar business". What's your problem with that?

As for gossip column - mate, there's over 1000 posts in that blog. I dare you to do an audit and determine the % of "gossipy" posts.

And yes, just so we're all clear, I do refuse to publish certain posts that are overly aggressive and abusive - like Mr Sweeney's aimed at Mr Gletsos (thankfully, Mr Sweeney himself posted a softer version and this now appears on the blog) - or ones containing claims that I can't immediately confirm or obvious trolling.

Lastly, thanks for being a reader.

AR

Kevin Bonham
19-03-2007, 12:06 PM
I tried posting a comment on that blog and it says:

"Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."

Everyone would get that message. All that means is that AR has to vet each post before it appears (or not!)

PhilD707
19-03-2007, 01:27 PM
I'm entitled to be incredulous of "multi-million dollar business". What's your problem with that?


It was a mistake.
It was framed in a needlessly sarcastic manner and it called DC's honesty into question without any evidence.
Looking at your blog again just now it would seem that most of the other correspondents made a similar assessment.



As for gossip column - mate, there's over 1000 posts in that blog. I dare you to do an audit and determine the % of "gossipy" posts.

I agree - its not gossipy and I am sure that you will keep it that way.
I have read some pretty interesting articles in your blog.
There was one on the Caro-Kann a while back that was excellent.
Another plus is that your blog is frequented by protagonists who no longer have the option of debating with one another via the normal ChessChat avenues.



And yes, just so we're all clear, I do refuse to publish certain posts that are overly aggressive and abusive - like Mr Sweeney's aimed at Mr Gletsos (thankfully, Mr Sweeney himself posted a softer version and this now appears on the blog) - or ones containing claims that I can't immediately confirm or obvious trolling.

I am assuming that my responses did not get up due to technical issues rather than them being "refused" - correct?