This is a typically `strange` discussion about `costs`, and to some extent illustrates the lunacy of the proposed charging system, to replace game fee...currently only 58p per game per player.
In the context of this discussion, game fee is currently about 58p ...not a lot of money, which goes towards the running of English Chess. Its NOT really a charge for rating games....thats just a typical piece of `chess cover-up`.
A much simpler and fairer system might be to charge Â£15 for basic members, Â£17.50p for Congress players (although I struggle to see why this group should really pay more than basic rate), and say Â£20 for Gold, or FIDE rated events. The present system gives regular league players `chess on the cheap`, which the Silver & Gold are subsidising. I can see no reason why this should be.
Returning to county chess. Currently the game fee charge would be 58p...not unreasonable. But next year it leaps to Â£2 per game, for non members, if I understand things correctly, a rise of about 400%?? Why?
Returning to the thread, and county costs?
But first a question... This season it costs circa Â£28 to be an ECF member, for which the member gets almost nothing (slight exaduration, I agree). But next year, this same charge will somehow cover game fee for `Gold members`. There appears to be a significant increase in `value` from the membership scheme...but maybe I misunderstand things. ie, how come that game fee appears to be being absorbed at no extra cost, with a new charging system. I guess much will be balanced out for club members, who will continue to pay club charges (maybe at lower rates).
County costs. This thread talks about the costs of game fee for county players. This is a tiny fraction of the actual costs of county chess.
You`ve got room hire costs (maybe anything between Â£30 & Â£100 per match, depending on how thrifty or diligent the organisor is in choosing venues.
You`ve got costs of refreshments...these might be included in the above, be self provided/self service...still costing minimum of Â£10 for tea & biscuites, etc./. for the teams..
Then you have travel costs, which might typically be Â£30 per car load (of which the driver usually bears the major part, helped by any passenger donations). If you add these costs up, they dwarf the game fee cost. And who is actually paying these costs. Over a season, a county running say two teams might play 10 matches or more between them. It might be worth reflecting on who actually picks up the costs (not forgetting the administrative costs/time of organising these matches, and provision of equipment).
These costs do provide a significant challenge, but the county scene does have much to offer, and is very good Saturday afternoon chess fayre.....
I wont mention the challenges provided by some of the out of date rules, nor the options/potential benefits of streamlining these events.......if you can fight your way past some of the `burocracy`, which almost seems designs to hinder any serious progress.
BRING BACK THE BCF