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by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Sat May 04, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7443

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

If certain individuals (I'm looking at one in particular) refuse to accept the answer given then that is their privilege. It's politics. I think what Angus was looking for, is the level of scrutiny that the British Broadcasting Corporation commits to with what their top wages are, because they are ...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Sat May 04, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7443

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Obviously there is overlap, but something we've found is that ECF membership puts off unsure members from competitive chess, in that we can not guarantee enough games to make it a worthwhile commitment, and when we suggest local congresses, they are unsure about being able to make. Would you suppor...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Thu May 02, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7443

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

At this point, the idea of fiscal responsibility to keep ECF membership fees down and chess as accessible possible, is a lost cause; I might just give up and stick to arbiting and organizing. I'm guessing that your events would not be graded, to avoid the need for ECF membership. If so that would b...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Thu May 02, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7443

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

- That the increases in the adult Bronze membership fee since inception of the membership scheme – from £13 in 2012/13 to £18 in 2019/20 with £20 indicated for 2020/21 – are and will likely be somewhat higher than the rate of inflation for the corresponding periods. What has or will the extra money...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4904

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Which is the point I keep coming back to. If international chess seems to benefit disproportionately it is because the current International Director knows exactly what needs to be done to take his program to the next stage. Whilst I think it is admirable to be ambitious and to come up with news wa...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4904

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Out of curiosity; if contributors to this forum had £800 to spend on grassroots chess - how would they invest it? This is a good question, which raises two strands of thought. Suppose we placed £800 in front of the Board, or even a humble member, it is not entirely evident that anybody has a partic...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4904

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I still have not decided what I think about the proposal Tentatively, I am with Paul; in particular, the bit about Budgets based on membership fees in line with inflation every year, seem reasonable. So, on one hand the proposal of £30,000 reflects a long term increase across the last 10+ year in l...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5253

Re: How many casual players?

In the latest Board (125th) minutes Malcolm outlined the key points from the paper and supporting note. Malcolm said that it was critical to reach out to the millions of casual players who do not currently engage with the ECF, Where does he get that count from? Is it on the same scale as the 600 mi...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Final Plug: One Day to Go to the 2nd Warwick Uni Rapidplay £5 entry , ECF & FIDE Rated, Chief Arbiter: Matt Carr. Please get in touch in if you have any technical issues with entering: http://warwickchess.com/index.php/tournament/ NEWS: A number of the boards will be played on live boards! Hope to s...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

"I can confirm that University student unions are the most bureaucratic and inefficient organisations I ever come into contact with. They're notoriously inflexible and unpragmatic." However, they are a shining beacon of brilliance compared with Warwick University's management... I fear I am slightl...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part. It's ECF policy for FIDE rated rapid events, in fact all rapid events, to surcharge the organisers for entrants, including foreign ones, who are not ECF Silver members or higher. All tha...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Just taken a look at the entry form and I noticed this "All players will need ECF silver, gold, or platinum membership. Any entrants without silver membership will be rejected." That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part. I shall ...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Last year, we had players from clubs across the country, as well as from places as far as Bulgaria, Australia and beyond! Which places beyond Australia did you get players from? "Beyond" in the broad sense of the word! :p indeed, you are correct that we did not geographically have anybody beyond au...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Just a week to go! The 2nd Annual Warwick University Rapidplay will be on Saturday 16th February (this coming saturday). Last year, we had players from clubs across the country, as well as from places as far as Bulgaria, Australia and beyond! We hope to build on last year's success. As before, 100% ...
by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry & District Chess League CENTENARY Rapidplay, SUN 27th January 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: Coventry & District Chess League CENTENARY Rapidplay, SUN 27th January 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Results and Summary: On the 27th January, the Coventry & District Chess League celebrated the Centenary of local chess with a rapidplay! It was great to welcome more than 100 players from the city and beyond! Delighted to be joined by Coventry's Lord Mayor John Blundell and Lady Mayoress Lindsey Blu...