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by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I want to pick up on a few points here in more detail when time permits but in the meantime I'll drop a quick question.

I'm all for increasing the number of female chess players but are overall player numbers in this country so healthy that we can afford to turn away men and (in particular) boys?
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

At the same time I coach ten lads aged between 12-14 locally (girls are very welcome but I've yet to have any interest) and the absence of age appropriate events open to them is shocking. So if there was money available from the ECF for chess development I'd like to think that males were not exclud...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I think the problem most of us have with Casual Chess is their blithe assumption that the ECF a) has a bottomless pit of reserves and b) that they should be first in the queue to get a slice. Could you source this assumption, and explain "first in the queue"? I suppose the actual phrasing may invol...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I think it is rather unfair to criticise Amanda for her lack of knowledge of the ECF and its workings, she just sees the issues in a different way to most people involved in the ECF. I advised her on how to approach the ECF and (although she didn't follow all of my advice, e.g. affiliating Casual C...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

You're never going to get a perfect balance of strength in divisions. In the Yorkshire League there are several examples each season of teams having to travel for a match they're going to get a point in at best. Most teams accept this as part of the league experience as long as they're not having to...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The previous Director of Women's Chess is quoted in a set of board minutes as noting that her role was largely strategic and presumably that hasn't changed. What worries me is what the new director may try to influence with regard to the wider ECF strategy, particularly in view of his disdain for co...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest … https://www.gofundme.com/womenschessnetwork Interesting reading. As I said in the thread regarding the Casual Chess cafe proposal it seems that the organiser has absolutely no understanding of how the ECF works. Given that the next ECF AGM is only four mon...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Was the other candidate Sue Dunham? The short lived official forum declined to allow its discussions to be archived by Google. A search for "Sue Dunham Chess" only comes up with the mentions here and on the Streatham blog. From memory wasn't "she" keen on advocacy of support for women's chess? With...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 74
Views: 5831

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I have to admit that I have some misgivings about this appointment. Having said that the appointment must have been made at board level and if you look at the statistics five members of the Ehr board (discounting the President remain). Of these five two have been attacked personally by Chris Fegan a...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Intermediate chess training materials
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Intermediate chess training materials

Can anybody recommend any resources for what I would call `intermediate` students - these are players who are starting to get a good grasp of the game and play a position well when they understand it but show their inexperience when they don't How about the old Chernev book "Logical Chess move by m...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Intermediate chess training materials
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Intermediate chess training materials

Hi Andrew You're quite right: there are lots of beginners' books on the market, which sell pretty well, and lots of books for competitive players of all levels, but very little designed to take you from one to the other. I'm currently writing a series of books aimed at players who have learnt the m...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 17
Views: 1183

Re: Yorkshire grading system

Eric Gardiner wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:48 pm
The ECF grading database instead shows that Michael Grattage played in the Minor section. Obviously the person most disadvantaged is Matthew whereas one person who might read this appears to have benefitted :)
That person has duly emailed Jon.
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Intermediate chess training materials
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Intermediate chess training materials

Just firing out a question while it's on my mind. Can anybody recommend any resources for what I would call `intermediate` students - these are players who are starting to get a good grasp of the game and play a position well when they understand it but show their inexperience when they don't (we're...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Pairings & Results
Replies: 17
Views: 1291

Re: Semi-Final Pairings & Results

As the offending Surrey captain I should perhaps comment that we have plenty of eligible players who could have played but only 5 of the 35 I personally contacted were able to play on this particular date. Ironically I was (as far as I recall) the only person at a SCCU meeting who opposed this absu...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri May 11, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Longueurs at tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 1262

Re: Longueurs at tournaments

If I'm playing somewhere scenic (anything with a beach will normally do) then I'm normally glad of a bit of downtime between rounds. Even if I'm playing somewhere more mundane I can have a walk around the town and grab some lunch while I'm about it. If I'm staying locally (or on occasion in the venu...