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by Andrew Farthing
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6981

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

I assume that it is fairly public knowledge that CEO, Chris Majer will not be standing for re-election at the October 2010 Annual General Meeting. Does anyone have any realistic suggestions of possible candidates for this post? Selfishly, I hope that 1. the election will be contested (this is good ...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Worcestershire Congress 24-25 July
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Worcestershire Congress 24-25 July

Inspired by the success of last year's inaugural congress (62 entries), and thanks to private sponsorship, the 2nd Worcestershire Open congress has moved to a bigger and better venue at the University of Worcester. The prize fund is bigger as well, with first prizes of £200 in the Open and £100 in...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Finance Council
Replies: 101
Views: 6464

Re: April Finance Council

Directors have a responsibility to communicate. Posting on this Forum isn't the only means of doing that, but forums are an important means of communication in the modern world. If candidates for office are not prepared to post here, for whatever reason, they should in my view make that clear, in t...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Finance Council
Replies: 101
Views: 6464

Re: April Finance Council

Andrew Farthing said The large majority of Directors do read the forum. Some of them rarely/never contribute because they dislike what they see as unnecessary abuse. This has to be a personal choice. I don't agree with that comment. For several months this forum has been a place for reasoned debate...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Finance Council
Replies: 101
Views: 6464

Re: April Finance Council

I've waited a couple of days before posting to this thread. The temptation to respond in kind to some of the more personal comments was strong, but I'm glad I resisted. It wouldn't have helped. Angus French makes a number of good points, which I'd like to comment on: 3. I don't buy the stance on CfS...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8790

Re: What is the history of the ecf office

Nothing will come of it, because the wrong questions are always posed. Martin, With all due respect to your scepticism, I don't believe that you can possibly know what questions have been posed this time. I've been given considerable freedom to determine how to approach this review and what to cons...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8790

Re: What is the history of the ecf office

I will be cracking down hard on any comments that wander into that area... Thanks, Carl. The office staff feel like they've been under siege for a long time now, and it's not been pleasant for them. The review which I'm conducting starts with no preconceptions, and I am determined that its recommen...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8790

Re: What is the history of the ecf office

It's not for me to explain the other Andrew's comment. Personally, I read it as a darkly humorous reaction to a longstanding post which was very critical in tone and implied that the ECF office was a waste of money. I know that I wouldn't like it at all if I worked in an office which had been subjec...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8790

Re: What is the history of the ecf office

Has the exercise uncovered something that will lead to the closure of the office and the loss of your job? No. The review is still ongoing. No conclusions have been reached. For what I hope will be obvious reasons, I shall not be providing a running commentary on this review while it is happening, ...
by Andrew Farthing
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What am I doing?
Replies: 290
Views: 30543

Re: What am I doing?

In the 15 months I've been involved with the ECF, I've clocked up the following claimable items: - ca. 1150 miles by car - train journeys ca. £160 - a thank-you lunch for the ECF office staff ca. £60 - 3 nights' hotel accommodation (no meals) nr Hastings (for the review mentioned in the Chief Exec...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)
Replies: 20
Views: 4405

Re: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)

I noticed in the latest Chess & Bridge catalogue that there is a book by Karpov called "Find the Right Plan" due in March '10. This might touch on the sort of topics you mention. I have no idea whether the book will be any good - regrettably the quality of books appearing under Karpov's name has bee...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6785

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

For those with long memories (or access to Comedy Central), there were regular chess scenes in the doctors' tent in M*A*S*H. Occasionally, there are even references to real players such as Zukertort and Alekhine (even Mrs Alekhine, though they don't say which one). No Elo ratings were given in the c...
by Andrew Farthing
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1960

Re: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009

Alex, Sorry it's taken a few days to respond. I didn't spot your post until yesterday, and I've been checking with the main congress organiser what's happened re grading. The answer is that he is "about halfway through" the process of compiling the results. They will definitely be submitted within t...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 98
Views: 8095

Re: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January

Looking at Adam Raoof's report on the meeting itself, I am not convinced that all the necessary ground was covered, despite its length. Could not more have been done by email and phone in advance? With much agreed beforehand, all that would have been needed for some matters would have been an assen...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 98
Views: 8095

Re: Report: ECF Board meeting @ Hinckley Island 16th January

I wasn't involved in the ECF at the time the main link to the forum was removed, so I can't speak with any authority on what may or not have happened to provoke the decision. People were asking in this thread what the reasons were for (half of) the Board's wish not to ask Council to reverse the deci...