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by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:33 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

If the board tries again to suggest that this forum has lost sponsorship then evidence must be produced to support that otherwise such suggestions can only be interpreted as a device for having the forum removed or for its continued removal. I don't think we have had any evidence to support why Cou...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:11 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

Having seen who else attended the board meeting (other than the board itself : I observed via a window and used my latent lip reading skills to good effect!) I can guess those who brought pressure to bear to make this outstandingly cretinous decision. John, This remark goes beyond mischief-making. ...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 12792

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

While from memory no formal vote was taken on the issue, it is my recollection that the situation we now have was loosely but openly discussed at the council meeting. While it might be close to breaking the constitution, I think this was a case where the executive were being transparent at the coun...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

Would the same staff be able to do a similar job without all being in an office, and working from home? This would eliminate the price of renting the office. Personally, I've had experience of working from home - myself and staff working for me - and it tends to be less effective than a team workin...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

There have been some interesting responses to this thread, and I do appreciate the comments. I hope I haven't been overly defensive. I accept that there is a spectrum of views on this subject, and my judgement will not be the same as everyone else's. I am trying to be honest rather than spin a party...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

This is an interesting thread, perhaps in the furtherance of 'Glastnost' Andrew could answer the following questions; 1. Who authorised the appointment of 5 employees (am I right in thinking one of them is a close relative of one of the others) 2. Which meeting(s) authorised the appointment of each...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

This is standard in the business world as well. In banking, for example, central functions such as Human Resources or Finance raise no specific income. They are not closed down as loss-making but are financed from the parts of the operation which make money. Andrew – Your analogy with banking doe...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

Calculating administrative costs as a proportion of total income is a standard practice in organisations. You can't pick and choose the income sources just because some income is raised with specific goals in mind. The fact is that the office supports the directors' and other ECF officers'/managers'...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

I am sure the ECF requires an administrative function. However, when the administrative function takes up all its resources then there is really no point it existing. The Office exists to perpetuate the Office. I doubt very much that you would be able to find any national chess organistaion or inde...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

Andrew, I am not sure that you 'get it'. Most of the functions identified are non-jobs, they do not promote chess in any way, but simply exist to perpetuate the Office. Indeed, producing this very list is an example of completely unproductive work. Perhaps, you could contemplate the question, What ...
by Andrew Farthing
Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

Re: The role of the ECF Office

IM Jack Rudd wrote:ETA: is there any particular reason why it's put up as a document? It would be easier to deal with if it were just posted directly on the web page.
The original file was a Word document. I didn't specify any other format, so it's probably my fault! This interweb stuff is still pretty new to me...
by Andrew Farthing
Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The role of the ECF Office
Replies: 39
Views: 4567

The role of the ECF Office

In response to the questions raised from time to time on this forum, I've arranged for a document to be posted on the ECF website listing the activities for which the office team is responsible. The document can be found via the link at http://www.englishchess.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&vie...
by Andrew Farthing
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6523

Re: What would you do here

I had an opponent a few weeks ago who wrote his moves down before playing them, usually about 15-30 seconds before. It didn't bother me and I did enjoy having the extra time to think about my reply! (It's against the rules to cover your scoresheet, I believe, so you can really bug the people who blo...
by Andrew Farthing
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 51965

Re: Certificate of Merit

Please note I am not the acting CEO. That is Andrew Farthing. I am temporarily in charge of the Chess for Schools project due to the fact that Chris Majer is too busy. Once again we have found things out via the EC Forum rather than any "official" means. The current arrangement is a practical one b...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?
Replies: 34
Views: 5015

Re: How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?

How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?
Not sure, but you can guarantee that after it's done there'll be someone along to point out how they missed a quicker way!

Andrew