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by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2835

Re: ECF AGM 2018

my apologies for causing this confusion - at least David now knows when someone says "the arbiter" people think of him!
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 24
Views: 1056

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

The way I think this should have been done is that the Home Director should have put a specific proposal to the Council that he wanted to appoint a Development Officer and would be asking for a budget of 10k gbp. That person would be responsible for working with grassroots organisations to develop c...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2835

Re: ECF AGM 2018

The question was asked to the incoming Home Director, He needed to think about it and to discuss with Championship manager. But did note he faced the decision whether to enter the British or major open himself recently. A good answer I thought, but not on something I view as critical. No discussion ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2835

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Thanks to all those volunteers who gave up their time to attend the meeting today. It doesn't sound like there was much drama and I'm looking forward to hearing how the chess development strategy is going to work in real terms. Very kind of you to say so Andrew. Nick and I had a discussion about wh...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3544

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

benefit/ cost quadrant analysis is still quite fashionable, but I don't think the ECF strategy in formulated in that way. The statement reads a bit more like a manifesto than a strategy document.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 3544

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

Who cares if they are "strategic"? Me, mainly because of my long standing position ECF strategy is extremely important. But specifically because: The Home Director will have a number of priorities. and strategy should help set priorities I'd say it is a bit surprising nothing in the strategy statem...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 3782

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:06 am
IM Bates, R. A. 2374 - GM Vitiugov, N. 2709
Good to see Vitiugov is intimated by Richard's preparation in the main lines.
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: Grand Prix 2019

I don't know if I should be more embarrassed to admit I quite like the Grand Prix or that I might buy one of the Christmas decorations.
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)
Replies: 13
Views: 722

Re: ECF Council: Issues within Paper C29.12, Challenges for English Chess (in particular,The Development Manager)

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:49 pm
This is completely different to some contributors to this forum (three in particular) who are negative about everything the ECF does without offering anything positive or constructive of their own.
Does anyone know who the third one is? I'm thinking of organising a curry.
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF increased membership costs
Replies: 94
Views: 2844

Re: ECF increased membership costs

Jonathan - it is only 5 miles from Bourne End to Maidenhead and NIgel runs a much bigger junior section. We have a long, proud tradition of poaching players from south Bucks schools. Feel free to give them my email.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 184
Views: 7218

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

"Nigel’s father, the secretary of Lichfield chess Club, said throughout Nigel’s career he had been asked many times if he was proud of his son’s achievements. “I have always said yes of course, Off topic, apparently when she is on a cruise my gregarious Mancunian mother tells strangers I am a chess...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ecf Silver member letter
Replies: 72
Views: 2416

Re: Ecf Silver member letter

We now have a board that is putting together a pro active development strategy and all they are getting in return is nitpicking negativity; mainly from people who would never dream of volunteering for anything. Sigh. Whenever we try to discuss ECF matters there is always someone trying to frame it ...
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ecf Silver member letter
Replies: 72
Views: 2416

Re: Ecf Silver member letter

The Board's proposed response includes: 1. Simplifying the financial structure by effectively making the BCF dormant and amalgamating trust funds into the Chess Trust. 2. Grow membership through the activities of a newly appointed Development Officer, incentivised through meeting growth targets. 3....
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

4.4 If a player having the move: c. intending to castle, touches the king or king and rook at the same time, but castling on that side is illegal, the player must make another legal move with his king (which may include castling on the other side). If the king has no legal move, the player is free t...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2478
Views: 270315

Re: Media comments on chess

About 20 minutes of lightweight chess talk on Five Live Drive this evening. Starting with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who lost to Magnus today. Then Malcolm Pein, Sarah Longson and Shreyas Royal chatting with the hosts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000lth from 2:38 I had just turned over from the ...