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by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: Director of Home Chess

I recall reading something about the `six largest congresses`. Annoyingly I can't remember exactly where but I think it was in an official ECF document and the other two were Kidlington (I think) and the London chess classic. Calling them the `big six` may have been a leap on my part but even so it ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 19
Views: 1200

Re: Director of Home Chess

Picking up on a few points raised; the question of a telephone match did come up during my stint as controller (I won't disclose the counties concerned). Alex's view was that a telephone match would be anachronistic in the 2010s but an internet match would be viable. It's definitely an idea worth co...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3866

Re: County Championship Finals

Of course chess can be played during the summer - I'll be at the British in a few weeks time just like I am every year. However there is a slight difference between a congress where you normally have a base for at least most of the event and the county championships where people travel a long distan...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3866

Re: County Championship Finals

I was surprised there was no screen for the football. My family and friends now seem to think I am addicted to chess and have a mental issue. That it has taken precedence over an important England football match. As well as my health in oppressive conditions. While the possibility of a clash with a...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3866

Re: County Championship Finals

I hope people will give the new Controller ( and the incoming Home Director ) the benefit of the doubt, but perhaps the veteran players have heard it all before. The controller has absolutely NOTHING to do with the arrangements for finals day which are dealt with by the Home Director. It does sound...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships 2018 Live
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: County Championships 2018 Live

The results are now available on the ECF server.
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Neill Cooper wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:20 pm

The ECF did for a while have a post 'Manager of Junior Club Chess' (or something similar) but they did not seem to do anything.
Was there any guidance as to what this individual should have been doing?
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I had this discussion with Neill in a thread last year. I stand by my view that too many prestige junior events are for schools which denies young players who don't play their chess at school a chance to participate. At the same time there's that well known saying about necessity. Yes, it is a pity...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I had this discussion with Neill in a thread last year. I stand by my view that too many prestige junior events are for schools which denies young players who don't play their chess at school a chance to participate. At the same time there's that well known saying about necessity. Of course, maybe ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The rules of various competitions seem designed to thwart the efforts of junior clubs, recognising only teams from schools or counties... J4NCL comes immediately to mind although, with that exception, I agree. I had this discussion with Neill in a thread last year. I stand by my view that too many ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

As for hovels it's the simple truth that too many chess players expect their hobby on the cheap. I'm willing to bet nobody here pays £100 p/a for their club/ league chess but it works out as less than a tenner a month. While it is true that some players might not be able to pay that, I'm willing to...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

If a group of silent morose men want to sit hunched over boards at the cheapest hovel they can afford and shh anybody who dares breathe we can't stop them. Full marks as always for emotive language, but what are you really saying? Taken point by point Silent. Yes, serious chess is best played in qu...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Following on from Alex's comments, if you decide to start a junior chess club with a clean sheet and three quarters of the applicants are boys there is relatively little you can do about it. It's occurred to me that increasing the number of female players and increasing the ratio of female players t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

--Text omitted-- The reference to "nerdy men" also chimes with me as I've spoken to several women who have spoken of most men chess players being seemingly devoid of almost all social skills. Which is why we're drawn to chess - a social activity requiring silence. More should be done to sell the ga...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

What people are objecting to is the bashing of the ECF in the national press by people who don't have the foggiest idea of how the ECF is constituted. You could be thankful that it's not the ECF President doing the bashing. Against that he's accused of the heinous crime of being a friend of Nigel S...