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by harrylamb
Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

it's my memory that in the second year of BCF national grading (was it 1985, 1986 or 1987?) that the wheels seriously fell off. I have this recollection of setting the board order for the county team based on results of up to two years earlier because the grades weren't calculated and published unt...
by harrylamb
Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

In view of Martin Regan's vitriolic attack on Roger Edwards I thought I would see what confirmation I could get of the events he describes using historical records. Below is a list of the officers holding the most senior BCF grading position compiled from the BCF year book. The year given is the tit...
by harrylamb
Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Democratic deficit
Replies: 59
Views: 5863

Re: Democratic deficit

It's an impressive list of organisations, but such is the effect of proxies is that it likely represents the views of just two people. Given Manchester on the list, probably three. Maybe it is just two. I have a proposal on the table for the next meeting of the Manchester Chess Federation that we v...
by harrylamb
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

The proposals to shackle Roger Edwards if elected seems wrong to me. In voting for a candidate one should consider the candidates policies and vote for or against him accordingly. I presume at the AGM the Presidential election comes before the proposal. In which case the ECF is in the rather silly p...
by harrylamb
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

You are right with your exceptions. But last time I quoted a figure "here" I was about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 out. :oops: So I think you are quibbling at a difference of a mere 10,000,000 :)
by harrylamb
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

Please do not put words in my mouth. I have never 'advocated members not being permitted to stand without being grilled by the Board.' Ok Lets use your words I never felt comfortable with the process of candidates appearing before the Board so that the Board could make a recommendation. My view was...
by harrylamb
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

It is unsurprising that not many people put themselves forward for election when experienced people, like yourself, are simply hostilely critical about the Board. We agree! There is hostile criticism of the board. Ask yourself why. Its an important question. People are not hostile on a whim. IMO Me...
by harrylamb
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Director elections for 2012/13
Replies: 472
Views: 40320

Re: ECF Director elections for 2012/13

Stewart The whole process you describe is totally undemocratic. Firstly I am a member of the ECF. Like other people on this forum I am a reluctant member of the ECF. But nevertheless I am a member. But you and the ECF Board will not give me a vote. Worse still if I want to stand for the board you sa...
by harrylamb
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Analogies
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Re: Chess Analogies

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_barium), Ba-130 and Ba-132, both minor components of naturally occurring Barium, are "thought to" decay via double beta decay, Ba-130 with a half-life greater than 10^21 years, I got my information from Wikipedia too http://en.wikiped...
by harrylamb
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Analogies
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Re: Chess Analogies

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_barium), Ba-130 and Ba-132, both minor components of naturally occurring Barium, are "thought to" decay via double beta decay, Ba-130 with a half-life greater than 10^21 years, I got my information from Wikipedia too http://en.wikiped...
by harrylamb
Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Analogies
Replies: 12
Views: 1619

Re: Chess Analogies

Barium has one "radioactive" isotope Ba 130. Ba 130 is present in Barium at the level of 0.1%. The half life of Ba130 is about 10 raised to to power of 14 years. This level of radioactivity is negligible and well below the normal background levels of radioactivity that we are all subject to. It is a...
by harrylamb
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Games
Replies: 746
Views: 45325

Re: British Championships 2012 - Games

(Years ago, RCA Lee-Pentecost suggested a system for leagues which was 3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss and 0 for default. This is the way the French national league scores. But on a match basis not an individual game basis. You get 3 points if you win a match 2 points if you draw a match 1 ...
by harrylamb
Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thank you Lara and staff
Replies: 69
Views: 6369

Re: Thank you Lara and staff

Andrew Farthing wrote: The ECF will NOT struggle to afford the Riviera Centre.
It seems to me, as a management consultant, that having the CEO shout and bully you ( by putting words in capital letters) does not make a statement more true. It does however indicate that the CEO's case is weak.

Harry Lamb
by harrylamb
Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships, Torquay 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 4626

Re: New Qualifying rules for The British 2013

Sorry Carl But the ECF has kept so many issues secret in the last few months or even years, why when at "The Parks" it has been announced that one should not book for Torquay as the event may be removed to Plymouth should we believe the directors and not believe the congress officials. There is clea...
by harrylamb
Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Cheating Case
Replies: 15
Views: 2315

Re: French Cheating Case

Sorry David but that does not make agree with reality. I have just played in my French Club's annual FIDE international tournament. The event was from July 21-26. Marzolo played and finished fifth. You can see the wall chart at http://www.echecs.asso.fr/ResultatNew.aspx?URL=Tournois/Id/22898/22898&A...