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by Simon Spivack
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Appeal for Board Support
Replies: 185
Views: 27142

Re: Appeal for Board Support

I shall risk Carl's wrath by tackling one digression. You mentioned the Night of the Long Knives. How is that not a Nazi reference? It is not a direct reference when Harold Macmillan's bloodletting is understood, which for someone of Ernie's generation is a plausible interpretation. Ambiguity and di...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2011 AGM: October 15th
Replies: 313
Views: 22387

Re: 2011 AGM: October 15th

Please provide examples of successful (or unsuccessful) OMOV organisations of any type. That can include countries. Kibbutz in Israel used to be successful, I am no longer so sure. Cadbury's is an excellent example. when I mentioned Cadburys, I was not discussing the chocolate maker taken over by K...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2011 AGM: October 15th
Replies: 313
Views: 22387

Re: 2011 AGM: October 15th

... new club members are never asked by treasurers for subscriptions ... Alex hasn't joined enough clubs. :) Some treasurers have weighed up a prospective member to see whether to ask for the money on the first night. An early demand is unusual, though, I'll concede that. OMOV could make the Board ...
by Simon Spivack
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Caro-Khan Defence
Replies: 19
Views: 7656

Re: Caro-Khan Defence

He would have discovered that he was also facing internment in the land of his birth, and so he went into hiding, amongst the Sephardim community of Mile End, East London. This is all supposition, but I believe the likely explanation for his disappearance from the chess scene, and his subsequent tr...
by Simon Spivack
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

On page http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ECF-Funding-Proposals-Aug-2011.pdf there is: With effect from 1st September 2012, all existing individual membership categories, including Family and Corporate Vice President, will be closed to new members and renewals. (Life Members ...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

...£60 ... This reminds me that Adam's club meets not far from the Bishops Avenue, Hampstead. ;-) For my own club the annual subscription is £45, with a £5 discount for prompt payment. At our AGM we noted that the funding of the ECF will probably change, but no decisions were, or indeed could, b...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

There is no distortion. I did not know what you were alluding to. I did not even realise that you were alluding to anything. I can only take what you write at face value and you said, giving the two sentences in full without the ellipsis There are individuals who will actively oppose ECF funding po...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

Shouldn't we go down the line that it is the responsibility of the player to become a member directly with the ECF, rather than these complicated route through the county organisations Counties should be taken out of the loop, as much as possible. The relationship should be a direct one between the...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

We should have a serious debate about whether we want to spend over £20,000 per year on International Chess and £80,000 on Management Services I wouldn't care for an ECF without an international component. Sponsorship money is raised, for instance to pay for the England team at Olympiads. However...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 54312

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

The people who originally devised Game Fee, in as much as proposing it on a national basis (rather than just for things like the voluntary London League scheme ... ... Game Fee had existed in London, so was proposed. That's the only reason it was suggested in the first place. I gather that Lego sal...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Special requirements/disability
Replies: 101
Views: 5882

Re: Special requirements/disability

The requirement to record by a blind player is stated FIDE Appendix E 5. The visually handicapped player must keep score of the game in Braille or longhand or record the moves on a tape recorder. This is an obligation that would be enforced by an arbiter. The related, but distinct, point of announc...
by Simon Spivack
Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Special requirements/disability
Replies: 101
Views: 5882

Re: Special requirements/disability

That said, I can't find anything in them to say that a disabled player has to provide an assistant to record the moves. Appendix E states that in the case of a sighted player playing a blind player, the sighted player can also require the use of an assistant to play and announce moves if the blind ...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17997

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

Paul McKeown wrote:The King's Head CC has a "social" venue off the Edgware Road with equipment for hire behind the bar and a regular supply of blitz payers.
Tuesdays only, at the Wargrave Arms, the corner of Brendon Place and Crawford Street, W1.
by Simon Spivack
Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4360

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

I'm sorry but I have great sympathy with the people he played in those early rounds. Of course the players are affected even if it doesn't end up rated(Norm chances gone for a start). Given the effort and expense people put into chess I don't really see the funny side. I have to agree with Adam. Th...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Following RDK on Twitter
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: Following RDK on Twitter

I don't subscribe to Twitter. From what I've seen of this affair, Alex McFarlane has behaved in an exemplary manner, having been subjected to considerable provocation. If Murdoch is forced to divest his newspaper interests in the UK, I hope that the new owner of The Times will insist upon a more sui...