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by Angus French
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Constitution for chess club
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Constitution for chess club

It'd be good if the ECF had a Development Officer with a focus on supporting clubs and grassroots chess who could come up with, among other things, a template constitution for clubs.
by Angus French
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 96
Views: 7669

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I agree with Paul. I'd like a flavour, at least, of what questions were put to the election candidates and what answers they gave. Presumably in four hours - was it? - of meeting there were points of interest and importance... Also, it's the AGM and members (and prospective members?) might like to k...
by Angus French
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88233

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Given that older people are more at risk of the virus, and active chess players tend towards being in that group, a degree of excess mortality in 2020 would sadly not overly surprise. I don't think there were any covid related deaths, or at least very few. I counted four cases in which Covid-19 was...
by Angus French
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE General Assembly 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 1828

Re: FIDE General Assembly 2020

And now it's back, with a response from Iran. Ah, I couldn't find the response from the Iranian Federation. FWIW, I agree with Jonathan Rogers' post above and think he makes a good point about the application of "gens una sumus"... Sometimes I wonder whether sanctions produce positive results - isn...
by Angus French
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: S&BCC
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

Re: S&BCC

The Streatham & Brixton CC website can now be found via our new domain: https://www.streathamchess.org
by Angus French
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: Online LJCC

Ah, I meant the process as described. It seems that you have two organisations potentially coming to different judgments about the same thing albeit with possibly different (though overlapping) sets of evidence. Neither organisation helps the other but both apparently recognise each other's decision.
by Angus French
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: Online LJCC

Angus, The UK Chess Challenge has an appeals procedure too Answering your question in a very roundabout way. 1. Providers have much more information than appeals panels 2. If there are appeals then there will be successful appeals 3. A successful appeal doesn't necessarily mean the provider got it ...
by Angus French
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: Online LJCC

The 4NCL has an appeals process it manages, so it is possible to continue playing in 4NCL events after a platform ban if the 4NCL appeal is successful. I didn't know that. How is it possible to continue playing if the platform ban is extant? New account. Is it known whether this has occurred in pra...
by Angus French
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: Online LJCC

Ian Thompson wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:37 pm
The 4NCL has an appeals process it manages, so it is possible to continue playing in 4NCL events after a platform ban if the 4NCL appeal is successful.
I didn't know that. How is it possible to continue playing if the platform ban is extant?
by Angus French
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 5760

Re: What's GM short doing?!

What about the damage to Israeli careers which flows from countries refusing to play against them, or not inviting them to events in the first place? Why should we stand by and let chess be used to divide people, rather than bring them together? Has that happened or is it likely to happen? More lik...
by Angus French
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 4649

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

I answered 'no' as I don't think the problem is the availability of competitive chess. Though certainly I think the ECF should be looking for ways to enhance the membership proposition and provide better support for grassroots chess. I had hoped that the employment of a Development Officer (with a s...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88233

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The new curly one - 86% of people are asymptomatic. New research suggesting that for the majority of positive tests results, there aren't actually the accompanying classic symptoms of cough, fever and loss of taste/smell, based on a sample size of 36,000 people; https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88233

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Possibly of interest:
- a recent article from Nature magazine on the effectiveness of face masks; and
- a comprehensive FAQ on aerosol transmission of the virus - this seems particularly relevant to OTB chess.
by Angus French
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 20393

Re: Membership Renewal

I will be surprised if international spend from membership income is anything other than £0 this year, the only event that was available was an online event which was sponsored. Regarding the 2020-21 financial year which started on 1st September 2020, the Olympiad postponed from last year is schedu...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 20393

Re: Membership Renewal

We support Malcolm Pein (and other members of the board) in finding secure sponsorship that puts us on a stronger financial footing. This doesn't just benefit our elite players as that would give opportunities for investment in grassroots chess. Since Malcolm became Director of International Chess ...