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by Martyn Harris
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership FAQs
Replies: 145
Views: 13546

Re: ECF Membership FAQs

The proposals have two plus points. <snip 1> On the ECF website it says they will no longer require adult members to give their dates of birth. . Good. However as the ECF go on about how useful dob is for helping to identify players my plan was simply to regard the dob as a password in date format ...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership FAQs
Replies: 145
Views: 13546

Re: ECF Membership FAQs

Clarification of the actual charges would be helpful as 3.95% + 50p for 10,000 members is considerably more than £5k. Will the system also charge 3.95% + 50p everytime someone upgrades from bronze to silver etc? Or has the ECF negotiated a deal wherebye the maximum charge will be £5k regardless o...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grading Restricted Leagues
Replies: 13
Views: 1547

Re: Grading Restricted Leagues

The North Staffs League switched from promotion and relegation to divisions grade limited on a whole team basis for the start of the 2006/7 season. To avoid a line by line rewrite of our rules the first rule for the new system was Except where they are inconsistent with the rules below, the previous...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How the ECF is funded
Replies: 51
Views: 4745

Re: How the ECF is funded

I do make the assumption that, one way or another, the non-member will end up paying for the Game Fee due on their results. No thank you. If a neighbour, social member of the club or retired player is willing to play the odd game to save a default then the beneficiaries of their action are the club...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Comparing amateur chess with amateur cricket
Replies: 32
Views: 2144

Re: Comparing amateur chess with amateur cricket

I understand that this concept is de rigeur throughout amateur cricket, and is deemed necessary. The underlying principle of all this seems to be that wasting other people's time is an act that gets you fined. So why not chess? Why don't we fine clubs in local leagues for not turning up to meetings...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Fischer on Kindle
Replies: 1
Views: 2013

Fischer on Kindle

Today's 99p Amazon Kindle deal of the day is Endgame by Frank Brady which claims to chart the rise and fall of Booby Fischer. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Endgame-ebook/dp/B004Y3ZFXQ/ref=kdd_page_image?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1FED6JKC2YG04FZN2S7R&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=289367347&pf_...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is a congress?
Replies: 6
Views: 1562

Re: What is a congress?

According to the ECF Articles/Bye-Laws, an affiliated League or Congress is: A Congress is an event that primarily organises events on an individual basis. A League is an event that primarily organises events on a team basis. It seems natural to extend these definitions to the concept of membership...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is a congress?
Replies: 6
Views: 1562

What is a congress?

Intuitively we all know the answer; besides the relevant events tend to say 'Congress' on the entry form. And, other than for the purposes of starting an argument in an empty room, do we care? Previously, no, but now, yes. We are reliably informed that one of the side effects of switching to a membe...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CEO succession plan
Replies: 41
Views: 5342

Re: CEO succession plan

Similarly with the Counties Championships.The winter competitions at a regional stage are already run by the Unions. If the Unions also took on running the national stages, perhaps by appointing a co-ordination committee to agree and vote on contentious issues, then Council or Board would no longer...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players who don't play for the team
Replies: 69
Views: 8002

Re: Players who don't play for the team

People play chess for different reasons. Many play for the team, some don't. The club heirarchy should have a pretty good idea of which are which, and, unless your area is so flush with players that you can afford to drop those who do not conform to your ideals, the best you can do is allocate these...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Re: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook

I'd like to add my thanks Martyn for your fantastic doc. I think you've done a great job. Cheers for giving Gambit's site an 'A'. It's probably the most basic site out there ('cos I know nowt about websites) but I try to keep it utd. Thanks for the praise. Don't knock yourself with respect to your ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Re: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook

I really hate broken links. When I ran The UKMotorSport Index I found that scheduling Xenu Link Sleuth once a day would report broken links most efficiently. It still works well today. I've run a report for your site and here it is: http://www.britishchessmagazine.co.uk/misc/chingland.htm Enjoy! Jo...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Re: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook

Splendid, Martyn, I've never before spent an afternoon going through a chess yearbook, but yours is both interesting and informative about how chess is run in other parts of the country. I'm glad that our website, http://www.njca.org.uk , qualifies for an A. I've tried about a dozen others from you...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateurish Alternative Yearbook
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Amateurish Alternative Yearbook

With the help of the maps and links from my Chingland site, a few league tables and the odd article designed as a cure for insomnia, I have created an alternative yearbook in pdf format. A 370K zip file containing it can be found at http://mjh.orpheusweb.co.uk/ybook.zip.
by Martyn Harris
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - The proposal
Replies: 306
Views: 18083

Re: ECF Membership - The proposal

Why is it, do you think, that the experience of counties that already operate membership schemes is that rather than killing off chess in their areas it's actually starting to flourish? What constitutes flourishing is of course open to debate. I see from the Leicestershire and Rutland chess site th...