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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: 3063

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: 2075

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: 3166

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: 3166

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: 3628

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: 3628

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...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 08, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3628

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

Progressing a litle further then; Am I right in saying that Mr Walsh and co have absolute control of Chess Centre Limited? You may recall that a few years ago, the BCF decided that it should become the ECF. The method used was to set up a new company limited by guarantee ( that's the white form whe...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 08, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED
Replies: 21
Views: 3628

Re: CHESS CENTRE LIMITED

What are the origins of the Chess centre Limited If I've read my British chess histories correctly, there was a project in the 1930's to open a "National Chess Centre". This was supported by John Lewis ( both the person and the company). As it was based in Oxford Street, it failed to survive the Lu...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 07, 2008 1:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7641

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

it says the BCF sold BCM? Do you know which year it was sold and do you remember who did the deal? The story more or less In 1980 or thereabouts, the BCM was run by a father and son team called the Reillys. Unfortunately the younger Reilly died suddenly and the father was unable to continue with th...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue May 06, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6098

Re: How to avoid conflict

Seems to me essential we restructure and at the least get rid of this block vote system One man one vote removes the canvased block votes. Its much harder, verging on impossible , to canvas thousands of members to get votes in the bag. It's not obvious that the playing public are interested one way...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue May 06, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6098

Re: How to avoid conflict

I heavly disagree with the boards structure as a whole. My feeling is that we should have a structure that falls more into line with many other organisations. In most organisations with interest such as ours the board make up is usually, C.E.O., Finance Director, Director of Chess, Marketing Direct...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue May 06, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6098

Re: How to avoid conflict

Forgive my ignorance but this must have all been approved proceedure would that be Council and do the minutes of meetings contain the relevant information? The SCCU website has an archive which goes back nearly 10 years. During that time Richard Hadrell and others have reported on BCF and ECF meeti...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue May 06, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How to avoid conflict
Replies: 51
Views: 6098

Re: How to avoid conflict

Do you know what year the position of chair was abolished and Steve Davis stood down as president. There's a history of the presidents (of the BCF until 2005) on page 2 on the ECF yearbook. From this, the office of Chairman was created in 1996 when Steve Davis became president and abolished in 2001...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon May 05, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7641

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Last two years I have emailed them a report and this year's games of the congress I run and I noticed that they have not got into the BritBase

If that's Brentwood, 2008 has been there since 15th April.

As a guess, I'd suppose the delay was additional processing to remove the annotations.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun May 04, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Directors
Replies: 13
Views: 2148

Re: ECF Directors

I was thinking more the board generally in order to move things forward in a more professional manner It doesn't have to be a bad idea but it has been partly tried before. Many years ago there was an official called "General Secretary". The responsibilities of this post were similar to those of tod...