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by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 7574

Re: British Championships

I'm one of those who goes to the British because: 1. I can play a serious game in the morning; 2. I get to watch the championship games in the afternoon (PLUS the excellent commentary by Andrew Martin) and 3. it's usually at the seaside. If the British Championship were somewhere in London I might t...
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 16, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The timing of the resignations
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Re: The timing of the resignations

I must admit that I initially thought that it was a political manouver, designed to achieve some underlying aim, but (having read the contributions/ letters from the resigners) I now doubt this. Given the concerted nature of the resignations it now seems to me that they were just trying to make a po...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Re: Some myths exploded ...

In response to David R: 1. I have been reading statements for the last two weeks on several fora that the decline of English Chess is down to (i) Gerry Walsh; (ii) the ECF collectively. I'll substantiate this by producing a few quotes in the next day or so, but meanwhile I have got other things to d...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Re: Some myths exploded ...

For OMOV democracy to flourish you need an active and informed electorate. This (more or less) works at the level of national politics because of the discussion/coverage of the issues that takes place in he media. Where this type of discussion is limited then the election is decided not on issues bu...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Some myths exploded ...

Myth 1: "The ECF is responsible for the decline of English Chess" The rise and decline of English Chess is due to wider societal factors: what is happening in schools; how people spend their leisure time; how people perceive chess because of the images they receive from the media. Do people really t...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A demand for the Presidents resignation.
Replies: 24
Views: 3583

Re: A demand for the Presidents resignation.

You guessed right, John. Andrew Martin would get my personal vote as President, but I'm guessing he doesn't he doesn't have enough time what with writing books, making videos along with all the other excellent things he does. For CEO I would vote for anyone who promises not to resign if he thinks he...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Potential solution to grading vs membership issue
Replies: 4
Views: 1260

Re: Potential solution to grading vs membership issue

I support these proposals (subject to the financial side making sense). If you go for the (widely touted) £20 figure and no grade unless you join then the 10 graded games a year people will be lost to league chess (and tournaments, too). A universal membership scheme has benefits for both individua...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 10, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A demand for the Presidents resignation.
Replies: 24
Views: 3583

Re: A demand for the Presidents resignation.

>>The chess analogy would be a "retired" IM or GM. I think you would reduce the duties of the President to a non-executive role and leave running of the ECF to the CEO, the paid staff and the other directors. It is normal practice in public companies to have a non-exec board chairman.<< Hmmmm, how a...
by Mike Gunn
Thu May 01, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26469

Re: Resignation Rumours

Sean, I play in two leagues (this is fairly common around London). What would happen if one becomes a member organisation and the other opts to stick with game fee - would I have to pay twice?
by Mike Gunn
Thu May 01, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Voting Register
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: ECF Council Voting Register

John, I reproduced Peter Sowray's account of this in a post on page 2 of the resignation rumours thread. I have never been a delegate to ECF council but I have participated many times in discussions of the council agenda in Southern Counties and Surrey meetings where there have been detailed discuss...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The President is missing!
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

Re: The President is missing!

As the ECF is a company limited by guarantee the existing board members can fill the vacancies until the next AGM. That is why they have asked for volunteers on the main page of the website. By the way, Charles, I have just read the message where you explain what you have been up to so far on the Ch...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26469

Re: Resignation Rumours

... or it could be the rule that you must have played a minimum of 9 games to get an official (published) grade.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26469

Re: Resignation Rumours

Ben, as everybody seems to be speaking in code (apart from David Robertson on The Atticus site) it is difficult to answer your question, but if there is an old guard on the ECF board I would guess it is Gerry Walsh (the President) and David Welch (Director of Home Chess). From the the limited person...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26469

Re: Resignation Rumours

The ECF board is elected by the ECF council which also has to ratify some board decisions. The makup of council was summarised by Peter Sowray on his website (see the blog link on http://www.ecfomov.co.uk/): "There are 46 Leagues who have a total of 87 votes between them. For example, the 4NCL has 6...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 26469

Re: Resignation Rumours

I'm puzzled by the timing of these resignations. I have now heard from two people who were present at the ECF council and nothing seems to have happened which would lead to resignations. As I understand it the board has decided that a universal membership is needed. There are no definite proposals, ...