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by Simon Brown
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 19241

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

It sounds to me as if the ECF may be technically insolvent now, without the grant, though I haven't seen the figures, clearly. I suggest the directors of ECF find out very quickly if it is true, because the consequences of trading while insolvent are unpleasant.
by Simon Brown
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .
Replies: 34
Views: 3674

Re: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .

Stewart, I wasn't happy with your 0 move draw then and I'm still not. I don't have an issue with playing a few moves and then drawing, we've all done it. A few years ago, I was leading a tounament with a friend. We agreed to draw. It went, me white, 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 Bb5+ Bd7 4 Bc4 and assuming I...
by Simon Brown
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 79420

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Thanks Andrew, that brings back some fond memories. The soul of Centymca ended after the move from Endell Street. Remember the Cambridge match? My mother does, and she still doesn't like you!

All the best to all the Endell Street regulars

Simon
by Simon Brown
Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 79420

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

John, I don't recall any Cheetahs - as if - but we had Lions, Wolves and Dragons. I was in the Dragons in my first season, with Nick Benjamin, Nicky Andrews, Clive Hill and others. God knows what league - when you are 14 you just turn up and play. Seem to recall my Dad driving to some far flung part...
by Simon Brown
Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 79420

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

And it was Leonard who recommended to my father I join Centymca. One of many fine ideas.

Leonard, you are right - my first win against Vaganian was of course at the London prizegiving, before Centymca.

Simon
by Simon Brown
Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 27
Views: 1833

Re: AGM Minutes

Companies limited by guarantee can have paid directors, so this must be something the ECF has chosen to do. Which means it can presumably unchoose.
by Simon Brown
Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 79420

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi John I remember that day well (1974?) and I too have the report. I played a Benoni. Funny thing was I played him again in a simul, about a week later, and beat him again. He found it very amusing, such a nice guy, unlike some of the simuls I played at the YMCA. His result in that simul was terrib...
by Simon Brown
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .
Replies: 34
Views: 3674

Re: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .

Quite right. Any thoughts, Stewart?
by Simon Brown
Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 79420

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi Daryl, great to hear from you. It may be over 30 years ago, but I remember the Endell Street years with an affection unrivalled in my chess career. I also, quite inexplicably, remember an unnaturally large part of that poem. Was he really "born in Teheran, 1943" or was that for the benefit of sca...
by Simon Brown
Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 19241

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

John, thanks for the link to the plan. I have had a 5 minute read - it doesn't require much more - and have concluded that, as it was when I resigned from the Board in the early nineties for exactly this reason, it is hopeless. The goals are admirable, but the strategy doesn't show how they will be ...
by Simon Brown
Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?
Replies: 254
Views: 19241

Re: DCMS Grant : contingency plans?

Don't you have to have plans before you have contingency plans?
by Simon Brown
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 2496

Re: London Chess Classic tournaments

Alex Holowczak wrote:Why are the prizes shown here given in Euros and not Pounds sterling?
I would guess because the sponsor has his/its main funds in € and doesn't want exposure to the exchange rate in the intervening months.
by Simon Brown
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you do for a living
Replies: 46
Views: 5007

Re: What do you do for a living

I was going to say I was a Chartered Accountant, but I won't bother now....
by Simon Brown
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Yes, Happy Birthday Leonard. If anyone claims to have made a bigger contribution to British chess over so many years, I wouldn't believe them.

Simon
by Simon Brown
Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A thank you to Ray Keene for the Staunton and other events
Replies: 51
Views: 7002

Re: A thank you to Ray Keene for the Staunton and other events

Come on now. Whatever you may think about Ray personally, he has done infinitely more good than harm. I endorse Nigel's feelings.

Simon