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by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

I like Angus French. I've now renewed my Bronze membership, so I can say that as one of his constituents. Malcolm Pein's success in extracting money from sponsors (sorry, commercial partners ) seems to correlate directly with his success in extracting money from the ECF treasury. In fact, the spons...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 24
Views: 1548

Re: Development Officer appointment

Given the text starts "I am delighted to have taken up the post of the Development Officer for the English Chess Federation..." that would have been forward, no? Not necessarily, if it was understood that the document wouldn't be published if he was unsuccessful and even it was it would just be com...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 24
Views: 1548

Re: Development Officer appointment

The bone of contention here appears to be the date of the `Credo`. Is it not possible that Carl Portman submitted the document at his interview to show how he would get the ball rolling should he be appointed and after being successful the document became official. If he hadn't been selected for the...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

What oblique criticism? My concern, which I stated directly, is that there appears, at least to me, to be an absence of scrutiny and scrutiny is what I expect the Non-execs to do... Stephen might have submitted an election address but hasn't. Removing moribund committees? What committees were those...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

...Finance Chairman: Now Malcolm, you spent £20,000 on international teams?... Ah, just to say that £45K was spent on sending two five-player teams to the 2018 Olympiad in Baku with £32K of that spent on fees made up of entry fees, travel fees, hotel fees and other fees including appearance fees. S...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy! Fair point. I shall, if elected, try to suppress my normal uncritical attitude. Nick Faulks and myself have clashed on this forum more than once but I can't see him taking an uncritical approach to the financial...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

There is scrutiny and there is scrutiny. Unfortunately there are those who frequent the internet and don't know the difference. Its very much a matter of degree. A slight and debateable error on the part of the Board doesn't mean a free for all with the criticism of that error. It is important that...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3401

Re: Council Papers are out

Would it be too bold a statement to suggest that our time might be better spent discussing Carl Portman's appointment and what he might bring to the role rather than nitpicking over ECF papers from a year ago?
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I wonder why the ECF does not appear to have responded to this? (I hope it does so soon! I would otherwise raise the question at the upcoming ECF council, however, it is possible that I may not have returned from abroad by then) Anyway, to avoid being involved in any further nonsense of this nature...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5407

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

In context the proposed restriction applies to two tournaments at what is likely to be a unique British with the main week falling during term time and the event presumably returning to the traditional format (so no U110) at which point the new rating system will have come into effect anyway. When e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5407

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Wasn't there an incident (reported in Chess) when a strong club player, having been absolutely slaughtered by David Bronstein in (I think) the London League asked in all honesty, `Who was that old geezer?`
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5407

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

I joined the Forum to raise this specific point as I thought it would benefit from input from the collective memory / experience of this Forum. While I'm delighted to learn that the 2020 British Championships were able to find a venue after being let down (the difficulty of which should not be unde...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM
Replies: 16
Views: 2001

Re: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM

Every chess organisation I have been a member of has quite specific rules on who is entitled to attend/vote at meetings. There is no sign of a constitution on the website of the chess association mentioned in the opening minute. The President of that body may be quite right in stating that John is ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Malcolm James McHugh
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Malcolm James McHugh

Malcolm McHugh died peacefully on August 24th. He was a stalwart member of Harrogate Chess Club for many years and a regular at congresses up and down the country until about ten years ago. He was a tenacious opponent who enjoyed the challenge of strong opposition and fighting doggedly in unfavourab...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Bill
Replies: 0
Views: 359

Tony Bill

Tony Bill, a former member of Harrogate Chess Club, died recently. His active involvement with the club ended some years ago when he left the area but he kept in touch with chess friends locally and, when he visited Harrogate, would join us in the pub for friendly games as well as attending club soc...