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by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Who would have the final say and/ or a power of veto? The ECF board? Council? I can only think of one county union that would have an objection and nobody else really cares what they think anyway. If that is the case, then why was the proposal to admit Greater Manchester to the NCCU defeated a few ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Who would have the final say and/ or a power of veto? The ECF board? Council? I can only think of one county union that would have an objection and nobody else really cares what they think anyway. If that is the case, then why was the proposal to admit Greater Manchester to the MCCU defeated a few ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

I always wonder if you can set up a Union, as I did think maybe contact the Cheshire and north wales, and Merseyside and other one and call it the North west union!! There would be hurdles to overcome. The new Union would have to be of viable size. Four counties would probably be about the minimum....
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

I do however note that with a paucity of SCCU entries, a Berkshire junior organiser has been persuaded to enter an Under 100 squad in the national stage. The U100 event, while not a junior competition as such, has become very junior friendly in recent years and many captains use it as an opportunit...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Andrew You just referenced the county chess situation in the Chilterns. You seem to have made the error also made by others that because the relevant counties do not compete in Union events there is no county chess. The four counties concerned compete within their own competition - within which the...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Golf and football club memberships are different though. They're going to reflect at least the value of real estate and the cost of maintaining courses or pitches - and other facilities. Well yes. But maybe chess club subscriptions should reflect the value of having a half decent venue rather than ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

Thanks Andrew, I just feel that people are set too much in the past. look at the BDO/PDC spilt and I feel that sometime the ECF need to think of the future, as who is the future of the board? Where is the new blood?? I turn up to meeting and I feel that I'm one of the youngest people in the room an...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I suppose we differ in how we view 'conservatism' in English chess. My position is that chess is sport that has been around for hundreds of years, and it has been and should be fundamentally as low-cost and accessible to all, as possible; and that we can do so much more for junior/student/adult par...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1318

Re: One Hundred years celebration

maybe the ECF need to look at this again? John, please. There was an enormous amount of discussion and argument about this in 2017 -2018, on this Forum and elsewhere. In the end even the ECF Board concluded in June 2018 that: "Following Council’s rejection of all the significant proposals to revamp...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Message from the Bronze members' reps here . I found the summary of members responses very helpful. While I stand by my point that members need to tell the ECF what they want, rather than what they don't want, it does show the mountains to be climbed and what the `ordinary` chess player is thinking.
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Suppose we placed £800 in front of the Board, or even a humble member, it is not entirely evident that anybody has a particularly well-structured view on how exactly we should invest £800 in grassroot chess. Which is the point I keep coming back to. If international chess seems to benefit dispropor...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

The key point I keep returning to is that there is a perception among grassroots chess players that the money they are required to pay to the ECF is a tax to fund the activities of Grandmasters. The alternative case is that ultimately a strong international scene and thriving grassroots go hand in h...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I think the more important point is that the jackets were paid for by a private donation and not from membership income. I agree with Hok on many things but in this case his assertion appears to be wrong.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: April Council meeting 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:20 pm
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:27 pm
Like you I considered the jackets an insult to the membership until a) I discovered that competing teams were obliged to have bespoke jackets
They were not.
I stand corrected. I distinctly remember reading somewhere that they were but can't trace the source.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

My thought is that resigning a Grandmaster title is similar to resigning a British honour such as a MBE. You can make a symbolic gesture and/ or decline to use the title but the award still stands. There was famously a spate of people resigning their MBEs in the sixties in protest at the Beatles bei...