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by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1646

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

Bad was the Issue that we are not allowed to talk about but maybe the ECF need to look at this and maybe think that something along the line of if a player does get DQ then the match point is award, but the graded game should not!! I may be wrong but is it not the case that this regulation (game co...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

In which case parents and spectators need to be kept in a designated areas as much as possible or prevented from using electronic devices outside of that area (at Torquay spectators were warned about the use of phones). At Torquay I felt provisions for this were excellent; there were separate toile...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

In which case parents and spectators need to be kept in a designated areas as much as possible or prevented from using electronic devices outside of that area (at Torquay spectators were warned about the use of phones). At Torquay I felt provisions for this were excellent; there were separate toilet...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I agree that a line should be drawn on this matter There is the question as to what a player should do if an opponent appears to be behaving suspiciously. GMs and IMs, you might assume, despite some evidence to the contrary, act with integrity. Where younger players make frequent absences from the ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I don't know about the main room but in the other room Geoff Gammon has repeated the same notices daily including the rules about mobile phones. I assume that is so there can be absolutely no misunderstanding.
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: 2485

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: 2485

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: 19
Views: 1709

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: 2485

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: 546
Views: 35404

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: 1050

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: 1050

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: 12110

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: 12110

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: 12110

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...