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by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4483

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I've not followed this discussion right from the beginning but I'm not sure as to how much the player involved has actually won in prize money. Surely that's the only real motive for anybody to cheat in chess and it's negated by the fact that if you go up and up into higher sections (and eventually ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4483

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I have to admit to some surprise that the player in question has been so openly named. Carl and Jack were quite strict about suppressing the name of an older Irish teenager caught cheating in a toilet cubicle during a tournament and in that case guilt had been proven and a ban applied.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Development News (ECF website)

You did understand, on posting, that to accuse someone of harrassment and libel is a serious matter, and potentially a libel in itself? And you did understand that there are implications if you repeat somebody else's libels? I understand that entirely. Carl Portman has not named anybody publicly an...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Development News (ECF website)

Choosing my words carefully we do need to consider the second point made by Carl Portman in his resignation statement. It seems obvious to me which individual was responsible and what platform was used. Well spit it out man, if you think you have something to say. Okay Justin, I will. Carl Portman ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Development News (ECF website)

This is a big blow for English chess, coming at a time when the ECF seemed poised to make a significant leap forward. Obviously the overriding cause of Carl Portman's resignation is the fallout from Tim Wall's complaint and that is likely to rumble on although I don't think for one minute that Tim's...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2366

Re: David Welch

A terrible loss to English chess. My thoughts are with his family and friends today.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 120
Views: 12114

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

[Yes, fair enough. Though there is still the issue of the decision to appoint an independent panel (which isn't in the procedure). I'm hearing a lot here about what the ECF should not have done, but very little about what they should have. If the complaints procedure as it stands had followed who w...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 120
Views: 12114

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Having read the Complaints Procedure it doesn't say anything about a) an independent committee being formed to hear the complaint or b) the complainant being obliged to approve the members of this committee (in theory the complainant might never be satisfied - perhaps the procedure should allow one ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6261

Re: Council Papers are out

I think it should also be in the public domain that one of the bronze membership representatives did not attend and instructed no proxy, so a good number of the rank and file were disenfranchised. This should not be taken as a criticism of the representative concerned as I strongly suspect extenuat...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6261

Re: Council Papers are out

it was a relatively quiet meeting Did no-one raise a couple of apparent recent anomalies? These being the curious case of the late and reversing finishing order in the Grand Prix and the strangeness of the timing and language surrounding the appointment of the Development Officer? Obviously those w...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6261

Re: Council Papers are out

Interestingly there has been limited coverage of the meeting on this forum. I have now received a report from elsewhere. As Paul Cooksey says above it was a relatively quiet meeting, however a few points do need highlighting. All individuals seeking election/ re-election did so with a handful receiv...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6261

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: 32
Views: 3371

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: 32
Views: 3371

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: 96
Views: 6261

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...