The NCCU minutes of their AGM are now available.http://nccu.org.uk/nccu/mins/docs/NCCU%20MN020612DC.doc
Whatever was said at the ECF Finance Council, the ECF's scheme was under attack at the NCCU meeting.
j) Report of BCF/ECF Delegates
Rupert reported that the ECF Finance Council meeting was very interesting, with many â€˜hot topicsâ€™ discussed, such as the issues surrounding Lara Barnes and Alex McFarlane at the British Championships, the FIDE law suit and the ECF memberships scheme. Rupert detected an anti-Northern sentiment on the English Chess Forum. David Welch commented that the meeting was lively and had reservations about the way the ECF was being run.
Although the relevance of hostile comment about the independent English Chess Forum to the ECF Delegate's report is debatable.
Under the heading of membership
As the resulting disquiet from players increased it was evident that many did not like the scheme, especially from congress players on the increases and it was decided to run a survey on whether players would be prepared to join the ECF, or if offered, a Northern run membership scheme at a lower cost which would involve grading.
and their decision
As the majority of Eastern Counties had already agreed to set up their own MOâ€™s with the ECF and there being little appetite for an NCCU led scheme, the meeting voted against the proposal. It was thought best to leave the decision to each County to sign their own MOâ€™s. As a consequence the agreed statement from the NCCU to Counties would be as follows:
'The NCCU Supports the aspirations of the National ECF membership scheme, but has reservations as to the way it has been set up. The NCCU will not create a rival Northern membership scheme, but leave it to individual Counties to decide whether to sign up an MO with the ECF or set up their own Countywide membership and grading scheme.'
I'm not sure I quite see how an individual county can set up their own Countrywide membership and grading scheme. Perhaps they mean Yorkshire.