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by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 23, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 17
Views: 2543

Laws of Chess - changes

I believe we are approaching one of the periodic reviews of the laws of chess. A recent rule change abolished the Kotov recommendation to record the move before playing it. However it left the paragraphs for claiming threefold repetition and 50 moves since a capture or pawn move as exceptions where ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 22, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

why do you think the EBU sells over £600,000 of products? Like Matthew, I wondered the same point. A check on the EBU's website suggested that most of the products were very Bridge specific. I don't know that much about competition Bridge, but is it very paper intensive? For example I believe a "c...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 21, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

I also suspect that more people play chess than bridge, but again I could be wrong Looking at the bridge website for my local area (Berks/Bucks) seems to imply the opposite in that there are more towns/villages with bridge clubs/sessions than there are chess clubs. Also if you look at the events, m...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 21, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6859

Re: British Championships

Or do most people double it up as a holiday? Probably the latter. About once every 5 or 6 years, the ECF/BCF choose an inland venue for the Congress. Numbers usually drop as a consequence. Holding the congress in Central London would enable a large footprint of players to participate without them h...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 21, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

Clearly the rank and file are those who are required to pay more but exactly for what; The major expenditures go on (a) the Battle office - but this is offset by the government grant (b) junior events (c) international You could add subsidies to British Championship top players to the list. As far ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 17, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

put another £129,000 into it If I understood the proposal correctly - the £129,000 went into the BCF Permanent Invested Fund ( same place as the Chess Centre money). The PIF is not ring fenced for juniors. When I last saw a statement of assets (when it was published in the BCF yearbook), the PIF ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 17, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

The BCF trust was given £129,000 from the bequest ,why was that necessary? Could that trust not have been wound up ? If I understand the position correctly:- The BCF has capital assets which it calls the "Permanent Invested Fund" . This has been in place since 1906! This is held slightly at arm's ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 17, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

Now another- who is actually on the BCF Council ? Where are the proper minutes of the meetings and record of attendance. Minutes and things are presumably with the ECF office at Battle. The SCCU site is useful for unofficial reports though at http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/bcf.htm This reports that the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 17, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7005

Re: John Robinson Trust

Details of the John Robinson Trust are on the ECF website at. http://www.englishchess.org.uk/organisation/general/jr-trust_jul07.pdf In terms of specific questions, the answers would appear to be:- is interest from that trust freely available on an annual basis to be used as the board see fit As a c...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 14, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action
Replies: 17
Views: 2979

Re: GM Nigel Davies threatens S&BCC Blog with legal action

Over on the S&B blog, there's a flame war simul between the GM and some of the S&B regulars. More comments than the thread on ECF resignations!
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 10, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Some myths exploded ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Re: Some myths exploded ...

Myth 3: "OMOV will energise the membership of the ECF" Perhaps Mike G was referring to a comment by Peter Sowray on the Streatham blog One of the main reasons I championed ‘One Member, One Vote’ was that I hoped it would help to achieve more involvement from chess players in their Federation. P...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 09, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A demand for the Presidents resignation.
Replies: 24
Views: 3016

Re: A demand for the Presidents resignation.

Who would be the best person to take on the job ? Some other sporting bodies use a retired eminent player as their President. For example the next president of the MCC is Derek Underwood replacing Mike Brearley. The chess analogy would be a "retired" IM or GM. I think you would reduce the duties of...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 09, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A demand for the Presidents resignation.
Replies: 24
Views: 3016

Re: A demand for the Presidents resignation.

You may also want to pop across to the chess NE1 forum NCCU thread. Is this start of a major breakaway from the ECF, appears so. I've seen the NE1 forum. A couple of thoughts from the south. I'm sure there are management consultants in the chess world. If you applied some of their theories to the o...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 08, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3545

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

Thats interesting so how many votes does a congress director or arbiter get at Council - this one is starting to help make the bigger picture clearer than it was an hour ago. At least one - after that I think it depends on how much you pay the ECF in game fee. So if you run a monthly rapidplay with...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 08, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3545

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

Also if we have people holding shares does this company pay out dividends and who to Whilst I'm sure the former CEO knows the full story, I had imagined from observation of the accounts over a number of years that any dividends paid by the Chess Centre Limited went to its 100% owner, the Trustees o...