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by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 35
Views: 1301

Re: Raymond Keene new site

what would be the point of repeatedly posting on an unofficial forum to `demonstrate an answer` Irony, dear boy, irony. It is Keene who repeats the claim - in 2017 It's a claim he's actually entitled to make and he's not the first person in history to tart up his CV with meaningless titles. Of cour...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 35
Views: 1301

Re: Raymond Keene new site

If Mr Urcan knows full well that the English Chess Association does not exist in any meaningful shape and form what would be the point of repeatedly posting on an unofficial forum to `demonstrate an answer`.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 1828

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:51 am
So why are we concerning ourselves with opinions which we don't even believe?
Not that I'm making direct comparisons for one minute but for the same reason that Nigel Farage's opinions concern me. He has little actual power but he does have a following.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 1828

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:14 am
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:01 am
he thinks the ECF board should have voted for Short due to...
The reason he thinks they should have voted for Short is that Short is his mate. Full stop.
I know, I'm not quite that stupid! Perhaps I should have said `the reason he's giving`.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 35
Views: 1301

Re: Raymond Keene new site

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:24 am

It's possible Andrew that it's you who is incapable of understanding, and that the purpose of the question was to demonstrate the answer that you've just given.
Possible but on this occasion I doubt it.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 35
Views: 1301

Re: Raymond Keene new site

In the second edition of his book on Tony Buzan (2017), Raymond Keene is still describing himself as "the Chairman of the English Chess Association." Some years ago, I enquired about the Association on this Forum (https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=6117), but facts proved hard to find....
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 1828

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

I wondered at first why anyone could possibly "only assume", in the teeth of the evidence, that Nigel had been offered space in CHESS. Then I remembered that when Paulson's presidency of the ECF was at issue, you, Andrew, said that Malcom Pein's view must be all-important. Though in the event, Malc...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 1828

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

I don't think Malcolm is making any particular `effort. His editorial always has the tagline `on the latest developments in the game` and the election of a new FIDE president is certainly a big story and given his place on one of the tickets he would look a bit silly trying to be studiously neutral....
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 1828

Re: ECF Elections - FIDE Delegate - Poll

If one reads a Boris Johnson article in the Daily Telegraph, or a John McDonnell piece in the Guardian for that matter, one notes the byline and doesn't expect total objectivity. And media oligarchs, perhaps most notably Rupert Murdoch, use the publications they own to influence public opinion in o...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I imagine Andrew was astonished that there are 36 clubs run by someone other than him or Neil. My feeling is that school chess clubs make most sense as a long term structure. Something that new volunteers, particularly parents, can support without reinventing the wheel. Junior County chess also wel...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

Neil, Why is the competition a "schools" competition rather than a "junior club" competition? How would you react to, say, a Scout Troop wanting to enter? Neill can speak for himself but he and I have discussed this matter publicly and privately on several occasions. Many of the ECF's junior events...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I can't say I agree with Andrew on what the Home Director's priorities should be. The current regulation below. I understand Alex was pressed for time so hope he will be able to expand on the ideas in his address. The start of a new term seems a good moment to review and update. Director of Junior ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

From the perspective of the ECF, there are two issues: 1. Developing the elite juniors. At the moment, if chess clubs didn't exist, we would be negligibly less successful than we are at the moment, because juniors are more or less independent of chess clubs. 2. Retaining healthy numbers of junior p...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I agree it's the role of clubs to do the leg work rather than the ECF but I think the ECF should provide some sort of structured framework, even if it's only a list of resources and tips for best practice. The biggest problem we have is that gulf that appears at age eleven where players who might ha...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I was surprised to see Alex standing after standing down early from the Home Director role due to other commitments. Evidently the "other" commitments are to Junior chess organisation. It seems to be an agreed takeover, given the endorsement by the retiring director. Alex has suggested elsewhere th...