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by Angus French
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

" I'm really not sure these candidates should be singled out, when other delegates to council are not required to make declarations." They are not being singled out. I thought anyone standing for election provided such information. BCF/ECF and other chess bodies have a long history of pressure grou...
by Angus French
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Any speculation as to why the increased interest in holding these positions? In the past,it's been a case sometimes of co-opting people. Good question! I wonder if people have been asked to stand and, if so, who did the asking. I think it would be helpful if candidate members' reps declared their c...
by Angus French
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5382

Re: July 2020 grades

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:21 pm
Coulsdon Risk Assessment https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/CCF%20Ov ... esment.htm
That looks like an adapted version of the ECF *template*. Has an assessment actually been carried out? If yes, what was the outcome?
by Angus French
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 286
Views: 18174

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Interesting article on what the Irish Chess Union intend to do at the forthcoming Irish Championship. This was cited by Tim Wall and Malcolm Pein at the ECF Council meeting on Saturday. Kudos to the Irish Chess Union for their efforts but I'd like to ask some questions: - Why shouldn't face coverin...
by Angus French
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Do you really need to make masks mandatory? Take a look at Biel https://www.bielchessfestival.ch/Homepage.html tonight when pix are added of today's first round in the Special Corona Amateur Tournament: 1.5m tables and optional masks. My point being that 1.5m would surely count as 1m-plus? You may ...
by Angus French
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9084

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Indeed, the only Olympiad that there is as far as I know.
There is also the traditional one which, last I knew, was postponed until Summer 2021, to be held somewhere in Russia. I assumed this is what the budgeted international expenditure was for.
by Angus French
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9084

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

John Reyes wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:27 pm
Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:17 pm
The only thing that has surprised me so far is Malcolm's announcement he found 100% sponsorship for a full strength Olympiad team
Angus are you ok with this
Yes, of course, though the sponsorship is I believe for the *online* Olympiad.
by Angus French
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9084

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

"7. 2018/19 result. The result was a loss of £64.9K against a budgeted loss of £50.4K. This is attributed to: a) lower entries than anticipated at the British championships; b) extra junior costs due to tidy-up activities;" ... b) What does that mean? Did they trash the place? Ha ha. Here's the tex...
by Angus French
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9084

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Good to have Angus' view. Disagreeing on one point though, membership in line with inflation would have seen bronze go from £12.00 in 2015 to about £13.40 now, rather than £18 with a deferred rise to £20. I think the current Board have been straightforward that raising ECF income has been a top pri...
by Angus French
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9084

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

It's rather late in the day but here are some notes and comments for what they are worth: 1. There is a problem with setting the budget for the new year: the amount of graded over-the-board chess played in 2020/21 is likely to be substantially less than for recent seasons but it’s impossible to esti...
by Angus French
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 286
Views: 18174

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I did see the ECF bit about ventilation... Ah yes, I now see that the risk template has " Ensuring playing venue is properly ventilated, with windows open and doors propped open " against hazard 2.5 " Players breathing on each other at the table "... Though I think this is misleading because, as I ...
by Angus French
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 286
Views: 18174

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

... One game per 6 ft table ... A couple of questions, if I may, Adam: 1. I'm guessing 6ft is the length of the table and that players would be sitting opposite each other across the width. So: what would be the distance between opposing players? 2. I noticed no mention of ventilation and I wondere...
by Angus French
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 6141

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

I'm going to do some commentary on tonight's final In live coverage events, is there anything other than honesty that prevents the players themselves listening in? Not really, no, but the same goes for any form of outside assistance. I won't be using a computer to assist me so watching would likely...
by Angus French
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3625
Views: 397821

Re: Media comments on chess

Neil Graham wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:13 pm
Martin Keown "You could say the full backs were like rooks couldn't you? ..."
Not heard that before and I think I like it.
by Angus French
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 286
Views: 18174

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Relevant to discussions on re-starting over-the-board chess - and also to re-opening pubs and other facilities - are case studies on the transmission of the virus. This piece by Erin Bromage, a Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, is informative and not too technical. I note in p...