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by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

But is there something wrong with chess promotion when the ECF can take its annual tournament to a town without a chess club and without plans to use the national event to promote local interest? By my count there will be three other Congresses in Torquay this calendar year, assuming the October/No...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

But is there something wrong with chess promotion when the ECF can take its annual tournament to a town without a chess club and without plans to use the national event to promote local interest? By my count there will be three other Congresses in Torquay this calendar year, assuming the October/No...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1097

Re: Governance issues

Tomorrow's ECF Board of Directors meeting will have the first opportunity since the Finance Council in April to properly discuss the still unresolved governance concerns I and others have raised about the sudden resignation of Traci Whitfield as Junior Director last year and the subsequent appointm...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

On the subject of British Championship costs (and apologies if I've missed a communication) is there any reason why the weekday rated events have gone up in cost from £40 last year to £70 this year? I don't mind paying but it is a bit of a big leap.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4583

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Cumbria would have the University of Cumbria and also the Rheged Centre just off junction 40 at Penrith is pretty large. Would you be able to support the ECF by negotiating the venue (or at least finding out what the terms are)? There was some chuntering when the British went to Hull in 2018 but th...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Sid Kirby

I didn't actually know Sid Kirby personally although I used to see him at events and he played in the annual Harrogate vs York friendly match a few times. A grade ultimately only measures your performance against other graded opposition rather than being an indicator of playing strength in itself an...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Sid Kirby

Sid Kirby was a stalwart member of the York RI chess club and will be missed by his many friends there.
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 25, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

I doubt we can revolutionize local chess in one fair swoop, but, how about start by widening the reach and voices at Council? One member one vote. No block votes. No votes for leagues or counties or tournament organisers. No proxies. No taxation without representation. I don't think Council would v...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 25, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

i guess the gist of this argument is that Adam Raoof is not organising enough events and should shut up about OMOV until he reaches the necessary number. I haven't the foggiest idea what Adam Raoof's position on OMOV is, or what he thinks about anything else for that matter. The point is that the t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 25, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

3. People who couldn't care less about ECF Council meetings. The problem perhaps is that they are elected or appointed as local organisations' representatives. I would suspect OMOV advocates have to conduct a long campaign. One starting point being to infiltrate local meetings and get the local rep...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri May 24, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

The council system isn't perfect and the league bloc certainly has a fair few time servers and rotten boroughs. However I've always rejected the criticism of the congress bloc; these are the people who make chess happen in this country and deserve the strongest voice possible in any system. Yes, the...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri May 24, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

Perhaps, we could put an amendment to the next Council meeting, restricting Council members (Directors, Members Reps included) from representing more than two constituencies (proxies included). This may put the impetus onto local leagues/associations to elected their own delegates, in turn that wou...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 19, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

I edited the word conservative before Andrew replied because I thought it might cause confusion in the sense fiscal conservative. I do not understand the relevance of Andrew's comments on Yorkshire chess. My point was that the majority of club/ league stalwarts want things to stay as they have alwa...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 19, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

I only mentioned it to point out that it would be wrong to characterise the board as in dispute with a conservative English Chess establishment. Unfortunately there is a conservative English Chess establishment in my view. It doesn't really get to rear its head fully at council very often because c...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 10656

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

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 12:45 pm
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 12:08 pm
From the minutes of the most recent board meeting, which was held prior to the finance council meeting.
It was noted that comments had been made on the ECF forum
Sic!

ECF Board howler, not Andrew's.
Well spotted. I simply copied and pasted from the minutes themselves.