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by Paul Buswell
Fri May 03, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 205
Views: 8914

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

I'm not suggesting that the ECF starts paying volunteers. But perhaps we should start considering that? To the most senior ECF volunteers.... Not a proper salary or anything near - that at the moment is financial cloud cuckoo land. But perhaps a reasonable honorarium as some recognition of the huge...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6648

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Assuming the same process as last year, ECF will be invoicing leagues and clubs (for clubs' internal results) for players who (a) played more games than permitted for a non-member; (b) were not ECF members at (Junior) Bronze or higher. Invoicing should start as soon as possible after the grading tea...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6648

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I have a grading proposal. Can we please have the February update? I know of at least one player who entered an event in January as a Bronze member and needs to be upgraded by the ECF in time to enter another event this month without having to pay another £7.50. Isn't that the membership list rathe...
by Paul Buswell
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 797

Re: Grading Database offline?

I reported it by e-mail to the relevant ECF unpaid volunteers just after 13:00. When someone will be able to act I have no reason to know.

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by Paul Buswell
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303604

Re: Media comments on chess

fwiw ECF President Dominic Lawson is on BBC Radio 4 'Any Questions;' tonight at 8:00 p.m.

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by Paul Buswell
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303604

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC1 at sometime this morning between maybe 6 and 8 had their Mike Bushell previewing an underwater chess tournament. I didn't pay much attention as it was just so naff.

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by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7614

Re: Hastings

Anyone contemplating the shortish walk from St Leonards Warrior Square station to the venue, with suitcase, should be warned that it is situated at the highest point of the South Downs. I'm puzzled: what prompted this post? Has it a tongue in cheek element which has completely passed me by? Hasting...
by Paul Buswell
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5261

Re: How many casual players?

It is a long long time ago, and I have been caught out recently by failing memory, but I have a recollection of a big survey (NRS maybe?) in the early 80s that was showing 7 to 9% of the more-or-less-adult population playing, albeit casually, at least once a year.

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by Paul Buswell
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1856

Re: AGM Minutes

Am I alone in feeling uncomfortable that the ECF President voted (albeit by proxy)? Perhaps I'm old-fashioned but I'd prefer a non-executive President not to vote, other than from the chair with a casting vote.
by Paul Buswell
Thu May 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Longueurs at tournaments

How do people cope between rounds at weekend congresses? Quite often I will have a couple of hours between games, if not longer. Other than intensive reading (if I can find somewhere quiet-ish) I get pretty bored; and not knowing when my game will finish makes it difficult to plan alternative activi...
by Paul Buswell
Thu May 10, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303604

Re: Media comments on chess

'Daily Politics' on BBC2 today: Lord Hennessy (Peter Hennessy) describes the West's position vis-à-vis the overall Middle East situation as like playing chess on twelve boards simultaneously, with three of the boards on fire, with perhaps President Trump's most recent action re Iran lighting a fourt...
by Paul Buswell
Sat May 05, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303604

Re: Media comments on chess

Chris Goodall: I think it ill-advised to bring implied negative comments on players' private and legal political beliefs to a chess forum.

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by Paul Buswell
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 10170

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

There's a false assumption there: That having a grading code means the ECF has a record of the date of birth. There are a number of league submissions, for example, that don't submit date of birth information, because they don't collect it. How difficult can it be to check the grading code against ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303604

Re: Media comments on chess

Yesterday's 'Guardian' TV guide pejoratively describes one serial's (McMafia's) progress as having "all the thrilling urgency of correspondence chess played by second-class post".

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by Paul Buswell
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47439

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Assuming there was an entry fee, presumably it included VAT and the BCF had to send a VAT invoice if requested. That would have been from some time in the late 1970s when it was ruled that VAT would apply to chess entry fees and memberships. In practice it was only the BCF which was affected, provi...