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by Angus French
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Message from the Bronze members' reps here.
by Angus French
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 52
Views: 3043

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:15 pm
My preference would be (a), then (d). If I were forced to make a decision between (b) and (c), I would sit there and let the decision time out.
Same as Jack.
by Angus French
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Re: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?

So where will the increases in membership numbers come from? Are there new leagues, congresses and internal club tournaments? Are there events which haven’t previously been graded but which now will be? That seems unlikely. Is it not simply the ECF feeling able to roll out the proposition that you ...
by Angus French
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?

The question in the title for this thread stems from the latest ECF accounts documents (the ones presented for the 2019 Finance Council meeting later this month). I thought it important enough to warrant a separate thread. The ECF Board is planning on increases in membership numbers. In his report t...
by Angus French
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 3066

Re: The ECF Academy tender

In the interests of transparency (etc) it would be useful to know who the other bidding parties were. :D I think it would be useful if the adjudication panel published a report. A couple of questions: - Is the UK Chess Challenge a *FIDE* Academy and, if it isn't, does this affect the ECF's status a...
by Angus French
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I agree that not much has come of the development paper so far, possibly because council elected the `wrong` candidate as director of home chess (the inverted commas are because I respect Adrian Elwin but Tim Wall was Malcolm's candidate and would probably have worked with him to push the developme...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

I've asked Malcolm for an updated breakdown which shows the split between the Open and Women's team and the amount spent on player appearance fees. Have recent teams had the support of external trainers/analysts? Would the costs of this extra support be under "fees", so the total includes more than...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Angus - can you explain why you think it is important player appearance fees are public? I am not sure it is important to me how the International Director splits the money between the team, just the total We know from the accounts that it cost £44,265 to send two five-player teams to the 2017 Euro...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Personally, I wouldn’t object to an amendment to the motion to allow for an inflation-rate increase each year. It's clear, is it not, that expenditure on Olympiads and Europeans has increased. What's not so clear is why. Is it increased support costs, analysts and trainers? Or is it higher fees for...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

It is quite unfair to suggest that the Director of International Chess is not interested in grassroots chess... Where was that suggestion made? ... as he seems to have played a big part in the development paper... What's happened to the development paper and the appointment of a Development Officer...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

It is grossly improper to tie the hands of the ECF AFTER 2019-2020. This part of that proposal MUST be opposed by everybody. They haven't even added in an allowance for inflation. It would also mae it more difficult to raise business sponsorship and, even more difficult to obtain philanthropic supp...
by Angus French
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 81
Views: 5518

Re: April Council meeting 2019

If the money has come from a third party sponsor then exact details of how that money was used should be confidential. As it is not ECF members' money the argument that they have a right to know where that money is going is no longer applicable. Of course if it is money from membership income then ...
by Angus French
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5851

Re: How many casual players?

Angus > I've long thought the ECF should survey players (whether graded or not, members or not) < That would be a clever trick. To contact non-members, who are do not play organised OTB competitive chess. Some of those playing online, might respond to a message - if the sites cooperated. Those play...
by Angus French
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5851

Re: How many casual players?

An interesting and thoughtful post from Hok. I've long thought the ECF should survey players (whether graded or not, members or not) to ask them what they want out of the ECF and what would make playing competitive, over-the-board, chess more appealing. One thing I think the ECF could do is improve ...
by Angus French
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kenya Youth Chess Championship...
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Kenya Youth Chess Championship...

That's impressive. How many other nations can match (or better?) that?