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by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3093

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Juniors could perhaps be easily influenced by others to vote. A few years back the vote for ECF Player of the Year had to be abandoned because school pupils voted en masse for one particular candidate. If parents want to influence what the ECF does then they should join under their own name and not...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3093

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Yes juniors can vote in these elections. I have some reservations about this but discovered I was in a minority when the point was discussed on the governance committee or board. I'm sorry but what possible objection could there be to junior members having the same voting rights as adult members. I...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3093

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Hi All You are correct. You did not receive an email regarding the recent finance meeting that i attended. This was purely my fault. I put the email together and accidentally left it in my drafts email. By the time I had found out it was to late. No doubt you wont believe this. The reason for this ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3093

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Reflecting on it now I didn't receive anything from the gold representatives prior to the Finance Council Meeting either (I wasn't really tuned to chess matters at the time). I feel strongly that the main role of direct membership representatives should be to ballot the members they represent on any...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3093

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

John's very independent minded, so he's not part of an election pact It would appear, however, that Tim is in his own words trying exactly that Together, if we are elected, Aga, Chris, John, myself, Rob and Lorin plan to work together as a team to promote an ECF membership drive that will reach out...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Winston Williams
Replies: 9
Views: 911

Re: Winston Williams

The ECF website now features a full obituary

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/an-appr ... 1958-2020/
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article
Replies: 17
Views: 1058

Re: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article

While agreeing that this is an important subject and must be discussed I believe Ian Calvert is referring to an article Alex Holowczak has written for Chess magazine and will be the copyright of that publication (so non Chess subscribers will not have sight of it).
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Winston Williams
Replies: 9
Views: 911

Winston Williams

I regret to report the death of Bradford player and CSC coach Winston Williams. He also took over the running of the very popular Rothay Manor chess holidays for a time and played a major role in the hugely successful Bradford Chesstival a few years back. Steve Mann has written a fuller obituary her...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Bill Pinder
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Bill Pinder

I'm sorry to report that Bill Pinder of Pontefract chess club died suddenly last weekend. He was a stalwart of the Pontefract club and captain of their Yorkshire League team for many years. His absence will be felt across the county.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Scarborough Congress
Replies: 18
Views: 1855

Re: Scarborough Congress

That's sad news although I understand the reasons. I've played in every Scarborough congress since 2005 and I'm sure many people can top that. Hopefully 2021 will be the comeback year.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Living chess, has it died a death?
Replies: 9
Views: 575

Re: Living chess, has it died a death?

Picking up on Kevin and Alex's replies, as part of the celebrations around the 2018 British in Hull, several living chess demonstrations were made on a giant board outside. Initially a famous game was just played through but several attempts were made to get an actual game going. Eventually one of t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9110

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

John Reyes wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:27 pm
Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:17 pm
The only thing that has surprised me so far is Malcolm's announcement he found 100% sponsorship for a full strength Olympiad team
Angus are you ok with this
Hopefully the meeting recorded their thanks to Malcolm for this. Excellent work, particularly in the current climate.
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 4424

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

I agree with Chris Fegan that things may not return to normality for quite some time and indeed may never do so. As far as chess is concerned I think that we need to experiment with different ideas and see what works and what doesn't. There will be some trial and error involved but that shouldn't be...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 03, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Roy Catlow
Replies: 0
Views: 948

Roy Catlow

Roy Catlow, a stalwart of Rose Forgrove Chess Club for many decades, died last week following a battle against Alzheimers and later Covid 19.
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 03, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 38
Views: 4043

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

It's worth remembering that a lot of club and league chess runs down after Easter anyway. We don't know what the state of play is going to be in September so it's impossible for the ECF or anybody else to make a plan. If chess activity is still limited it's possible that a lot of casual players won'...