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by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 31
Views: 1166

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

People are willing to pay more for other hobbies, yes. Let's take ice skating, one is willing to pay a fair bit more than chess because ice rinks require a lot of people and expensive equipment to maintain. The idea that chess is on par with other regular sports is romantic, but not particularly gr...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 31
Views: 1166

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Are the current office staff non players? The name of the best known office member is taken twice in the database and the most likely candidate has a respectable enough grade of 163. That person is a namesake of the ECF employee. The latter doesn't play chess. The other current employee has a grade...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 31
Views: 1166

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Picking up on some of the points raised, it's ludicrous to suggest that the ECF doesn't organise chess. They organise the British and County championships which are two of the flagship events in the calendar and other events ultimately flow into the whole. They also organise a lot of prestige junior...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 89
Views: 4775

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I was opposed to the members representatives proposal on the grounds that it was too restrictive. Generally bronze, silver and gold relate to a certain `type` of player but some members do have to move to a higher category (I'm a case in point here as playing in the rated sections of the British is ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

The starter for this particular exchange was Paul quoting a sentence from one of my posts out of context with a cryptic three word comment that I have interpreted as a swipe at my intelligence. If I'm wrong about that then I agree there is no merit in my subsequent posts. However if Paul is referrin...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

So, to summarise, we have established that Andrew wants to be clear he lacks the relevant competence to comment, but objects strongly to me implying he lacks the competence to comment. Before this escalates further, I made a throwaway comment about Zoom meetings as - having never needed to use Zoom...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

My original point was that it does seem the EPSCA Zoom meeting could have been managed better. However as I've never chaired a Zoom meeting myself I didn't want to imply that I could have done a better job - unlike some contributors to this forum occasionally do.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:04 pm
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:07 pm
I personally doubt I could have done any better.
Nope, too easy...
Flagged to the moderators. Happy to take most things on the chin but not this irrelevant swipe.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2236

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

John Lawson of Hull and a recipient of the Hardcastle Shield for services to Yorkshire chess was listed in the old YCA grading list as Sir John Lawson, although I don't know what his knighthood was for. He would be in his nineties now although I've not heard anything to say that he has died. Appare...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2236

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

John Lawson of Hull and a recipient of the Hardcastle Shield for services to Yorkshire chess was listed in the old YCA grading list as Sir John Lawson, although I don't know what his knighthood was for. He would be in his nineties now although I've not heard anything to say that he has died.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:33 pm
"Having read the minutes it does seem like this is a contrived scandal driven by people who weren't at the meeting."

John U was "at" the meeting - does he think they minutes are reasonably accurate?
For the avoidance of confusion I was not referring to John Upham.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Having read the minutes it does seem like this is a contrived scandal driven by people who weren't at the meeting. It does seem that the meeting could have been better organised BUT these are difficult times and we are all adapting to new technology and ways of working. I personally doubt I could ha...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Doesn't the ECF already run the National Schools which they inherited from The Times when they ceased to sponsor it? They also run a junior team event that is effectively for schools only. The ECF National Schools is an event for secondary schools, https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ . It is not ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

(It has been reported to me that Clissold said in a later private meeting that he doesn't believe EPSCA should be running Schools events anyway, as he believes that the ECF should be running them.) Doesn't the ECF already run the National Schools which they inherited from The Times when they ceased...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: 4NCL On-Line Congresses

Some of the fall may also be down to the fact that some OTB play has started up. Obviously not competitive play/ congresses but it is possible to meet friends for friendly games in the pub which it wasn't before. It may also be that some established players tried online events for want of anything e...