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by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

The more activity that is going on; the more people you need to oversee it.... I think you can look at this differently. How about no game fee to reduce the cost of playing chess and make the admin of tournament organizers easier? A purely voluntary membership of the federation for which people get...
by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

I agree with you entirely on that. However we are not in a position to pay a CEO £50,000 pa and unfortunately with volunteers you do get what you pay for. I do think that most recent Presidents and CEOs (with perhaps one exception) ran for the post because they genuinely wanted to do their best for...
by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

Is that chess experience AND business acumen combined or just one out of the two? If you reread my post I'm sure you'll see the word 'AND'. Imagine for a moment that the post of CEO carried a salary of £50,000 pa. Would you take someone with next to no chess experience and (effectively) total ignor...
by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

[ how do you know that somebody necessarily has nothing to contribute? I've long struggled to understand how those who don't play chess and aren't interested in playing chess can contribute. Arguably those who can speak for arbiters, parents, organisers and trainers have a role. Where do retired GM...
by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

With respect I don't quite see what relevance your comment had to this thread except that I quoted your `rag bag` remark when picking up on Andrew Martin's post; suggesting that it might be a disincentive for volunteers to come forward for fear of being tarred with that brush, even if the role they...
by Nigel_Davies
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

I believe we agreed in a thread last week that there was an argument for a separate organisation for professional and/ or titled players in order to raise funding and promote professional chess without having to `interface` with the different goals of amateur chess. I don't currently see anybody co...
by Nigel_Davies
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

Oh dear. Why is it that people judge things on what has been good for them alone? The Tories cut my taxes. Best government we've ever had. One example. When I was CEO I must have had numerous conversations with Scotland Yard about various issues involving children and chess players. Individual ente...
by Nigel_Davies
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 124
Views: 10632

Re: ECF Vacancies

Filling posts with a rag bag of clueless amateurs has nothing to do with achievement. A good start for any chess federation would be to define its role, what it wants to achieve and what should be beyond its remit. I would argue that most of the good things in chess are actually achieved by individu...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

I do resent slightly the implication that amateurs are against professional chess. Yes, there has been obstruction from those with influence in recent years and there are backwards thinking luddites in many chess clubs. Nobody said it was ALL amateurs so there's no need for your resentment. Should ...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

Roger de Coverly wrote: I doubt if struggling to finish above Kosovo and Scotland in the European Championships would do much for the image of the game in England.
Probably not, but the first step should be to put the house in order and create the right atmosphere for funding.
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

If there was no financial support, presumably the ECF would have to do what the Scots and Welsh do, especially for the European Teams, namely to drop down the rating list until you find players sufficiently well off and with sufficient holiday time that they can finance themselves over a two week o...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

I've heard frequent complaints that 'amateurs are funding professionals' and it should be a given that not one penny of the membership fees from the amateur branch should go towards funding the professional one (financial independence all round). The ECF did seriously consider this when it investig...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

And meanwhile there would definitely be a case for bringing Ray Keene in somehow, given his track record in finding sponsorship. Not to mention his track record when it comes to expenses. Independent branches would mean that amateurs could concern themselves with their own interests and organizatio...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

Well, I imagine lots of us would find it easy to do, so surely clever titled players would find it easy too? They tend to be too focused elsewhere... :) But OK, on mature reflection there would need to be at least one or two capable organizers who are sympathetic to the goal of international excell...
by Nigel_Davies
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess Recognition
Replies: 96
Views: 8106

Re: Chess Recognition

There is already sufficient ECF "recognition" for professional chess players with both the player of the year and the book of the year awards. What there isn't is a broad acceptance that such players are as important, if not more so, to the structure of the Federation as juniors. The international ...