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by Simon Brown
Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bob Wade memorial
Replies: 12
Views: 1432

Re: Bob Wade memorial

I knew nothing about this. Since Bob was the one who "spotted" me (in 1968) and I saw him at a Kent event a few weeks before he died, I would love to have attended.

There is mention on the thread of donations - can anyone enlighten me further?

Simon
by Simon Brown
Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uxbridge International
Replies: 40
Views: 2327

Re: Uxbridge International

For what it is worth, I don't think the FM title is worth anything. I achieved it about 30 years ago, never paid the BCF/ECF a penny and I am listed as one. I know I'm not 2300+ any more.

Simon
by Simon Brown
Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: when should you resign a game?
Replies: 54
Views: 5417

Re: when should you resign a game?

Hi Geoff Going back a few posts, I expect my opponent to resign when he knows that I know what I am doing and he knows that I know how to win. I'm sure it's something to do with playing strength - for my last few years I rarely played anyone under about 180 so I expected them to recognise a complete...
by Simon Brown
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: when should you resign a game?
Replies: 54
Views: 5417

Re: when should you resign a game?

Sorry Geoff, I totally disagree. Playing on to mate is disrespectful - if your opponent has outplayed you, how can you expect him/her to make a mistake in the easiest part of the game? In my playing career - 30+ years - I haven't done that to anyone thanks to my father teaching me at an early stage ...
by Simon Brown
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: pairings Rd 3 British
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: pairings Rd 3 British

I suppose that's possible in these sad days of no adjournments. But a junior game in the morning can't be the best preparation for a very serious game in the afternoon. When I played in the Major Open in Morecambe, must have been in the 70s, I had a game which took the regulation 5 hours, plus 4 add...
by Simon Brown
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: pairings Rd 3 British
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: pairings Rd 3 British

Replying to Justin, William Jones, and his brother Victor, who is faring less well, are juniors from Kent. William I guess is 14, his brother a year younger. I played William in a handicap blitz - I had 7 mins, he had 33 - about 18 months ago and he beat me well. I have been attending Kent junior ev...
by Simon Brown
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3282

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

Don't care about the odds, I hope Keith wins. He deserves it. He must be the best advocate for English chess for the last 25 years.
by Simon Brown
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ladies v Women
Replies: 90
Views: 8037

Re: Ladies v Women

Spot on Paul, as usual. The Eagles were very active in the 70s and 80s and both were good players. Very good, actually - they could have been Ladies' or Woman's champions if they had wanted to be. If they have decided that another life is better for them, who can blame them? Maria is still a force f...
by Simon Brown
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: International Tournament News
Replies: 25
Views: 4990

Re: International Tournament News

Well said, Leonard. But can anyone tell me when the E/BCF attributed more kudos to English international achievements than to other "tinpot" events? I can't - and I was International Director in the early 1990's, when a certain quite important event took place in London. OK, websites weren't common ...
by Simon Brown
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Start Money Championship Sponsors
Replies: 11
Views: 1826

Re: Championship Sponsors

Perhaps the ECF needs to be FSA regulated if it is promoting an unregulated lender? Said not 100% in jest as you do have to be very careful about these things. But if Michael is behind it i feel comforted, although I didn't find that during my admittedly swift search.

Simon
by Simon Brown
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Start Money Championship Sponsors
Replies: 11
Views: 1826

Re: Championship Sponsors

No FSA authorisation. No named directors on the ECF website. No phone number. No e-mail address. Last accounts to March 2008, but with a small company exemption, so no meaningful financial information has ever been produced. No website. Apparently sharing accommodation with some sort of care home. N...
by Simon Brown
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 15009

Re: Director of Finance

Matthew (Thursday) is right. No finance professional would be remotely interested in being the ECF Finance Director. The role of a Finance Director (trust me, I am one) amongst many other things, is to help the company/organisation make decisions about income and expenditure so that the company/orga...
by Simon Brown
Fri May 22, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 15009

Re: Director of Finance

Stewart, splitting the federation may be a good idea. But I don't think you should assume that getting charitable status is going to solve all your issues in amateur and junior chess, so if "Professional English Chess" is successful, then juniors and amateurs have to benefit in some way. That's the ...
by Simon Brown
Thu May 21, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 15009

Re: Director of Finance

Ben, the ECF is not a charity, so you shouldn't run it like one. I'm not claiming to give life experience, just my thoughts on the back of my career. Of course you don't want someone with wage incentives, which is why goal alignment is so important, but actually you don't need anyone whose life pass...
by Simon Brown
Thu May 21, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 15009

Re: Director of Finance

If you want to pay a modest salary, you'll get a mediocre person. You can't incentivise them with a finder's fee because the goal alignment is all wrong - you need someone who will commit their skill in the knowledge that if they don't deliver, they will get kicked out and that will be a black mark ...