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by David Robertson
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Real Names
Replies: 31
Views: 10784

Re: Real Names

Not ageist, Ray. Merely brutally true :)

David
by David Robertson
Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Look, Feel & Name Change
Replies: 19
Views: 3852

Re: Look, Feel & Name Change

I'm sure you are happy to remain, Dr Cula. Your personal details are hidden from everyone; and who knows what innocents may come your way meanwhile :) Anyone concerned with your identity would need some light shed on the matter before it dawned on them, and on you, what was at stake here. Then they'...
by David Robertson
Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many boards do your Leagues have?
Replies: 18
Views: 1702

Re: How many boards do your Leagues have?

In the Liverpool & District CL, we have: Div 1 = 8 Div 2 = 7 Div 3 = 6 Div 4 = 6 Div 5 = 5 Cups = 6 With six teams in all, but with two in both Div 1 & Div 2, my club sometimes has to fill 30 boards on the same night. Various attempts are made each year to reduce the number of boards, or to standard...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

The principal difference between a doctor and a professional chessplayer is determined, as far as charity law is concerned, by the beneficiaries of, not by the payment for, the work undertaken. A doctor treats anyone within his/her competence; a chessplayer benefits no one by playing, least of all a...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

Money 'gift-aided' to Cancer Relief and similar charities will indeed, and hopefully, go to doctors and medical researchers to deal with cancer. That is what doctors et al are paid to do - help anyone in need. Grandmasters, unless they coach or similar, merely help themselves. Hence, the Charity Com...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

The example cited by Matthew would be unlawful, in my opinion - and in the opinion of m'learned friends too, I think. A chess club would be registered as a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club), able to pay a club professional only for coaching and similar general activities, but not specifically for...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

In my (semi-knowledgable) opinion, this will have minimal practical implications for the vast majority of chess clubs. One would need to register as a charity with the Charity Commission, not in itself difficult, but having little point unless the club's income and assets need to be protected from t...
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6617

Re: British Championships

Some points, in no particular order: 1) we had a very productive day in the city yesterday. We received a 'state visit' from Stewart Reuben, accompanied by Manuel Weeks (TD for the September event), Dave Clayton & others. They visited both venues; checked technical details; looked at accommodation. ...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6617

Re: British Championships

The new British Championships website has been designed by the webmaster of Atticus CC. This may not please everyone at ECF, but it should please every chessplayer. Steve Connor, our webmaster, works tirelessly at our club site which many of you know. He also designs and supports the MCA website, an...
by David Robertson
Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Editorial in CHESS Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 2359

Re: Editorial in June 2008 edition of "Chess"

That's a thorough misrepresentation of the facts, Matthew. You only need to read the explanation offered to know it isn't true. Orwellian indeed! How silly. As for Chris Majer's explanation, none of it bears scrutiny. The paragraph that was censored contained four statements: three were statements o...
by David Robertson
Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Editorial in CHESS Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 2359

Re: Editorial in June 2008 edition of "Chess"

the value of both this and the Atticus forum have taken a blow from recent bouts of message deletion and censorship Unfair, John, I feel - speaking of the Atticus forum anyway. Full public explanations have been provided in both cases where intervention has been necessary to stabilise discussions a...
by David Robertson
Fri May 23, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Charles W Wood - credible or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 5251

Re: Charles W Wood - credible or not?

You've lost the will to live, Mike; not hard to believe. What began as a serious thread addressing serious issues has been lost in a forest of nonsense. Moreover, a key part of my initial post concerning the involvement of commercial interests, and associated dirty tricks locally, has been censored....
by David Robertson
Thu May 22, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Charles W Wood - credible or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 5251

Re: Charles W Wood - credible or not?

I gave you names of the schools who were covered by the 15 people who came to see me. And even offered to introduce you to them in meeting in your area How bizarre. This gets more flaky by the minute. Are you now telling me that these 15 people, who you claim visited you, were 'representing' all 53...
by David Robertson
Thu May 22, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Charles W Wood - credible or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 5251

Re: Charles W Wood - credible or not?

As David has stepped down I turn now to run the project without the MCA involved at all I haven't stepped down from anything. Moreover, it is not for you, a servant of the ECF, to decide which of its constituent associations will or won't be involved with an ECF initiative. Unless of course you thi...
by David Robertson
Thu May 22, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Charles W Wood - credible or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 5251

Re: Charles W Wood - credible or not?

why mention that half are catholic? No special reason. It struck me as an unusually high proportion of schools listed compared with their frequency in the total schools population. Also, I cannot recall any (or many) Catholic schools in the area with chess teams/clubs. I included the data out of in...