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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

(You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are proportional to activity. The admin overload of doing that is ridiculous.) Please explain why. You collect from a few hundred organisations instead of several thousand or tens of thousand individuals. Is it not the case that the ECF O...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 27, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Council said no. In my memory, the option was never put to them. "Membership" was always equated to a "one man, one sub" system. Let's put it another way: they rejected options in which Game Fee was the primary method of funding. (You really do not want to run membership schemes where fees are prop...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

The situation is that, for example, the latest FIDE rating list (if I did the pivot table right) has 2923 players for ENG, 19439 for FRA and 22897 for GER. You certainly can try to find issues and excuses for that That is an extremely simple one to answer - the ECF has taxed FIDE rated chess almost...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

If it's anything like Spain then comparisons with England are pretty difficult simply because the whole way chess is organised is very different. Yes, in those countries chess is simply better organized and attracts a wider audience, including younger people. But isn't the chess federation role to ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

English chess players don't want to pay much to the federation, and to some extent get the federation they pay for; government support has been withdrawn, and local authorities don't support chess any more (I've been to chess events in Town Halls in Rochdale, Bolton, Bury & Manchester, but they now...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

And I'm confident their member forum is better as well ;-) with fewer grumpy complainers. Really? My impression is that the French federation's infighting makes our debates here look quite mild. The comment about the forum is obviously a joke. Instead, the difference in strength between the ECF and...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

So if I get Paolo correctly he is saying that a good federation has more players with FIDE grades, more members and more money. Boils down to saying that Barclays is a better bank than the Cumberland Building Society because it is bigger. I'm still glad I've moved from the former to the latter, how...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Well Paolo's told us one way of interpreting the question. No clue as to the answer, however! The clue is in the comparison... just match the ECF against the German and French federations in terms of financials, number of members, number of FIDE rated members and so on... you can't help wondering w...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Well Paolo's told us one way of interpreting the question. No clue as to the answer, however! The clue is in the comparison... just match the ECF against the German and French federations in terms of financials, number of members, number of FIDE rated members and so on... you can't help wondering w...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 26, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 11398

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

When you say ECF, do you mean Council, the board, the federation as a whole or another definition? and compared to what? For example, compared to other European countries like Germany and France: similar population, similar economy, but very different financials for the national federation and very...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 382
Views: 21532

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Again, it doesn't matter what people say just look at the pairings; it doesn't surprise me a Russian thinks its a conspiracy, even Yifan has apologised in an official statement While showing her unhappiness with the pairing against women, I have not seen any explanation from Hou Yifan why it is so ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: I wanna become a GM
Replies: 76
Views: 8354

Re: I wanna become a GM

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:What should I do to become a GM?
Not a guarantee, but wasting less time on internet forums and similar could be a good start.
Instead working on chess and practicing might be your best chance to improve.
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 6671

Re: Possible Voting Reform

I don't like the idea of direct members voting in Directors for the reasons given in the Consultation paper and, more generally, because I prefer representative democracy over direct democracy. I doubt Council could continue to exist if it didn't elect the Board. Direct members electing the Board w...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 6671

Re: Possible Voting Reform

Further consultation might yet alter the structure of one or all of the proposals and I have certainly the intention of making a reasoned submission with suggestions for some alterations. There are attractions and problems with all three options though my own preference, perhaps surprisingly given ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 1455

Re: Chess magazines

I bought and subscribed to a variety of chess magazines over the years. Here some notes about the top entries in my personal list: Europe Echecs provides very good quality content with a good mix of expert commentary and material for new chess enthusiasts. Of all chess magazines, it's probably one o...