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by Angus French
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 31
Views: 1220

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: 1122
Views: 55115

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: 1122
Views: 55115

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: 300
Views: 17313

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: 300
Views: 17313

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 ...
by Angus French
Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17313

Re: Membership Renewal

Here is my long-term view: that there is a net flow of money in English chess from the grassroots to the elite, is rock stupid. No-one ever decided that or voted on it. What exactly do you think an ECF Council Meeting is? I don't believe ECF Council represents ordinary players of graded (rated) che...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4804

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

... If you read the proposed new Article 60, it's clear that - if Council decides not to fill the vacancy with a new person - then the Board is free at its next meeting to appoint the existing director to fill the vacancy for the remainder of that term. This gives the Council the chance to decide i...
by Angus French
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4804

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

The Bronze reps also have: The resolutions likely to prompt some debate are: 1) Term Limits for Directors It’s proposed that ECF directors should retire after serving two terms in office (unless the AGM doesn’t elect a replacement). If the post is unfilled at the AGM, the Board of Directors would b...
by Angus French
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17313

Re: Membership Renewal

The latest membership ECF membership figures, as of 19 September, may be seen at: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/C33.7a-Membership-Renewal-Analysis-2020.pdf It therefore appears that while over-the-board chess is in abeyance we may well achieve no more than about 5500 me...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4804

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

It had the serious disadvantage in the Gold/Silver/Bronze structure that no-one would stand, in particular for Bronze representative, because they could then be precluded from playing in Congresses and FIDE rated events. Taking the case of candidate Bronze reps, should this have been an issue? Ther...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4804

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/about/ecf-council-and-board/ Latest updates and agenda points I see for the first time in several years there is a Non-executive Directors' report . I'm pleased to see this because I think a separate NED report should be provided to each AGM (to get the NED perspecti...
by Angus French
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4804

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

i'm talking about the direct members, as the directs members from the bronze/silver/gold was nothing to do with the board (angus might be able to asked that question?) I don't recall that there's anything defined in the Articles or Bye Laws to say that a Direct Members' Rep can't be a Director. (Al...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

So Grade Categories carry through - as Rating Categories - and five results in the last three years, with a minimum of one in the last twelve months, is sufficient to get a player a rating?

I thought the two systems were going to run in parallel for a period of time.
by Angus French
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17313

Re: Membership Renewal

According to ECF lists available to organisers, as at yesterday there were 4016 members (including Junior Free Silver members) and 137 supporters. I don't have figures for the start of September 2019 to compare against but the 1/10/2019 counts were: 7524 members and 12 supporters. The final tally o...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17313

Re: Membership Renewal

Yes. Member's need to support the ECF. I just thought the ECF Office might have some indication of the number of renewals they have received. Just looking through the Grading Database for my local area Lancashire: It looks like renewals could be down by 50%. Though don't lots of people pay their su...