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by Laurie Roberts
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Advice for running a chess tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Re: Advice for running a chess tournament

thanks everyone
by Laurie Roberts
Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Advice for running a chess tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Advice for running a chess tournament

I help run a chess league and have a reasonable feel for what helps a league to run OK; but I'm much less familiar with the organisation of tournaments. There are a number of people on here who have talked about the great organisation of e2-e4 tournaments. I think it'd be useful if there was a list ...
by Laurie Roberts
Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: BritBase
Topic: Introduction to BritBase
Replies: 13
Views: 7403

Re: Introduction to BritBase

John

Of course. Sorry if you felt that would detract from all your hard work. I think Britbase is a great resource. I will download the files from your website for personal use only

Laurie
by Laurie Roberts
Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: BritBase
Topic: Introduction to BritBase
Replies: 13
Views: 7403

Re: Introduction to BritBase

Hi - is this hosted? would be helpful to have that!
by Laurie Roberts
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6576

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

[quote=Extremely difficult - the basic problem is the amount that you have to collect from people playing a small number of games and the probable barrier to new and infrequent players this would represent. You would be asking those who play one game a season to contribute as much to the maintenance...
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down your move......with a giant pencil
Replies: 60
Views: 4504

Re: Writing down your move......with a giant pencil

Scott

It is posts like these that make me realise the arbiter's job is a difficult one!

Laurie
by Laurie Roberts
Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 17630

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

yes, important that those of limited means can still participate. My club offers discounts for unwaged; not sure if ECF offers discounts in membership too. My point was just that the cost of a game of chess in game fee is really quite cheap; and certainly when compared to other leisure past-times. C...
by Laurie Roberts
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 17630

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

I pay for ECF membership (despite not playing in any FIDE rated tournaments) as a way of donating. I would happily pay a bit more if the price went up to meet budget shortfalls or to fund additional resources for juniors or professionals.
by Laurie Roberts
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 17630

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

Adam I would happily pay more. I think playing chess is incredibly cheap. My comments reflected the mood I sense on here and with chess players I meet. I agree with you that showing value for money now helps build up the trust in the ECF to act wisely, so that in the future when you do need to raise...
by Laurie Roberts
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 17630

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

To my mind the ecf should want to set itself up to be so successful comercially that it never needs a grant and is not beholden to the objectives set by a government body with little interest in chess. but that would require chess players to be willing to pay more in return for a better service. And...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Hike
Replies: 218
Views: 8960

Re: Game Fee Hike

Hi Matthew In my view, if the congress organisers charge (a tiny bit more) more per person and it covers their extra costs, they will, ceterus paribus, be able to pay the game fee. The congress organisers only pay the fee based on the number of games so if fewer people played, then there would be a ...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Hike
Replies: 218
Views: 8960

Re: Game Fee Hike

Game fees apply to league games as well as congresses. But even for congresses, the congress could raise its entry fee by the equivalent of 4p a game to pay for the additional cost meaning that the congress organiser sees no change in their income. You cannot know the Laffer curve effect that a 4p r...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Hike
Replies: 218
Views: 8960

Re: Game Fee Hike

a 4p increase isn't very much really in my view. I suspect most people have enough loose change in jam jars lying around their house to pay for the additional cost this rise will impose on their chess for the coming year. I think most of the resistance to this is not so much the rise but that the mo...
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading software
Replies: 15
Views: 1463

Re: ECF Grading software

Malcolm

That looks brilliant. A great site.

I would dearly like to emulate that. Let me find the most web savvy person I know in the Croydon League and maybe we could make use of the same technology for our league.
by Laurie Roberts
Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading software
Replies: 15
Views: 1463

Re: ECF Grading software

Thanks. Sorry if I'm being slow; what this reveals is I need to know what format the text file submitted to the ECF needs to be in. Once I know that, I guess then I just need to workout whether it is possible to use someone else's excel or access file and alter it for our league and use that If ther...