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by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 11
Views: 915

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

I can see both sides to this. I'm sure most of us have traveled to a match at some point to be blithely told by the opposing captain, `Sorry we don't have a full side.` Which is always irritating even if the circumstances are genuinely mitigating. So in a competition where considerable distances hav...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I don't think the `no scorebooks` rule is that new; I remember an announcement being made about it at York 1998 (my first congress). Fast forwarding 21 years at the 4NCL Harrogate congress a few weeks ago I noticed one of my opponents scoring in descriptive (and a few club colleagues still do). I ma...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2181

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

Thank you to everybody who has commented in response to my original question. Obviously I can't reveal individual comments I've received from Yorkshire players regarding increments but the consensus seems to be in favour of increments, although there has been some hostility. My own feeling is that t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2181

Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

There is currently a proposal for the Yorkshire League to adopt an incremental time control from next season rather than a quickplay finish, although this might just be in the first division initially. The consultation has begun and it is fair to say that reactions have been mixed. Obviously the fin...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

And if you were to tell Diane Abbott to her face that she was talking nonsense I doubt she would consider it disrespectful although she might robustly defend her views; I think I can safely say she will have had much worse said to her. Even if what Diane Abbott says is nonsense to the ears of some p...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

I'm not seriously suggesting that gambling, smoking and drinking are the most important factors causing poverty (and I don't recall Lawson saying this either) but they are factors over which, notwithstanding the point about addiction, individuals have some control. And I'm somewhat intolerant of pe...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

Now that is a foolish comment, not least by your normal standards. Nowhere in his criticism of Lawson does Gerard Killoran advocate the wasting of the poor's money by the poor. If gambling, smoking, and drinking are normal social activities in our society - just as watching TV, buying a newspaper, ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

I've now listened to Lawson's reply and he spends little or no time on the the real causes of poverty, but spends his most of his answer criticising the poor for gambling, smoking and drinking. We've had to listen to this nonsense ever since the nineteenth century. Some people might like chess to b...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

My personal politics are very much against the views expressed by Dominic Lawson. However it's worth contrasting his relatively smooth ECF Presidency with the most recent President who was elected to the role due to his media profile and who proved an unmitigated disaster, ironically largely due to ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership List
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: ECF Membership List

If you search for your club on the ECF grading database you can then click on a list of all players affiliated to your club with a margin that shows their membership status (or lack thereof). The league management software also has an option to generate a report of non members. So two very workable ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5101

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Go ahead and note it - what specifically are you thinking of? It's more generalisations than specifics Then I'll take it that the problems you're noting may be more imaginary than real. There was a rumour a few years back that one of the country's biggest congresses might lose its hotel venue. Anot...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5101

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Or perhaps the problem is best looked at the other way. I'm a sponsor; let's assume I'm a local business keen to support the local community. I don't know much about how chess is actually organised but I used to play at school and I always enjoyed it. All I want in return for my cash is a little bit...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5101

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

it's worth noting what grass roots players have done to deter sponsors in the past. Go ahead and note it - what specifically are you thinking of? It's more generalisations than specifics but I do think a lot of grassroots organisers and players don't realise the importance of putting on a professio...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5101

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Well that will probably teach me to post late at night and not read back what I've written. I meant excessive not obsessive. I also take Geoff's hint that perhaps this was not intended as a serious thread. The offer to start such a thread is one I may well take up although we have had similar thread...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5101

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Andrew, I'm way ahead of you. The letter has been drafted. Dear Sir, Please give me £250,000 so I can give it to four chess players who you have probably never heard of. They will play two normal games of chess then some speed chess. The whole thing should take 6-7 days. I will nickname them the...