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by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 6717

Re: John Robinson Trust

John, Many thanks for that correction. One can easily see that the EBU raises hugely more than the ECF from members. We could say that the EBU raises 1.5million and the ECF £300,000 so five times as much. There are quite a lot of caveats to add to this, we should probably take out the government gr...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 6717

Re: John Robinson Trust

Ernie, There may be fierce debates, but they are in a different league. I am trying to remember figures and I apologise in adavance if the are wrong, anyone who can validate or correct them would be welcome. I think bridge raises about 1.5 million a year from membership fees, the ECF get about 60,00...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 6717

Re: John Robinson Trust

We all know that most chess players are not very interested in the England Men's Team or who is representing England at the U16 Olympiad, but this is not the point. Most tennis player don't know who the England number two is (there was a nice guy called Tim or Tom or something some time back). Simil...
by Matthew Turner
Wed May 21, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6498

Re: British Championships

Stewart, Great news that your health has improved - you were certainly looking perky at the 4NCL. I am pleased things are signed up for Torquay, that is pretty local to me so I hope to be there.
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5530

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I think if you refer to my initial comments then you would see that Basman would never be defaulted for playing silly openings since everyone knows he plays whacky stuff then nobody could reasonably take offence that they were being singled out for silliness. Whether 1. a4, 2. Ra3, 3. h4, 4. Rh3 is ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5530

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I hoped it would be clear from what I had said that (unless there is something else going on) that this should not be the case. 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 is a perfectly reasonable opening. 1. f3 e5 2. Kf2 is not. If a game ends in a perpetual after 12 moves then I see no particular problem with this. However,...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6498

Re: British Championships

David, As I mentioned earlier, the visit Liverpool website does promote the EU Chess Championships and the 4Nations Junior Chess(Glorney Cup) along with numerous other events. I find it strange that there is no mention of the British Chess Championships. I have to believe you when you say everything...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?
Replies: 64
Views: 5530

Re: When is it bad manners to play silly openings?

I think this is fairly simple. It is bad is manners (and probably against the rules) to play silly openings in two circumstances 1. When playing the silly opening is designed, or likely, to cause offence to the opponent (this is usually observable by the fact the player playing the silly opening is ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 19, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6498

Re: British Championships

I appreciate that often things are written in haste, but it seems to me that there are a number of inconsistencies relating to the British Championships. 1. Professor Robertson says the venue is secure and St. George's Hall is still available. Surely, this is by definition incorrect, because if the ...
by Matthew Turner
Sun May 18, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 6717

Re: John Robinson Trust

I can just provide you with some limited information. The Banwell legacy is very complicated. It was initially disputed, but I think the whole sum was received in the end and we are talking in the region of 20,000. However, it was left to the BCF and Stuart Reuben (sic). Therefore, Stewart had to ha...
by Matthew Turner
Sun May 18, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 23875

Re: Resignation Rumours

Let me just explain how I think a membership scheme would work and then perhaps there will be less need for some of this fairly wild hypothecation. Lets set the membership at a realistic level, lets say £25 - for this you will NOT get a pen, a scorebook, a grading list, a year book or reduced entry...
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 16, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: how important to you is a national grade
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: how important to you is a national grade

There is a very strong negative correlation between a player's grade and the importance that the player puts on that grade. One can see how this would apply to juniors, but in fact this can be observed far more widely. This is why it is critical to link membership to grades, because the bulk of play...
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 16, 2008 3:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6498

Re: British Championships

I know that Stewart has taken on the British and it probably correct for him to be taking over at this time, an experienced hand on the tiller and all that. Whether, it is a good move for Stewart is more open to question, his health is worse than David's, and frankly with everything that is going on...
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 16, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 59
Views: 6498

British Championships

About one week ago Professor Robertson said that there were still many things to be done with the British Championships and I wondered what was the current state of play. I notice on the ECF website that there are now conditions for leading players. However, following the ECF links it still gives Da...