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by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

I think it should also be in the public domain that one of the bronze membership representatives did not attend and instructed no proxy, so a good number of the rank and file were disenfranchised. This should not be taken as a criticism of the representative concerned as I strongly suspect extenuat...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

it was a relatively quiet meeting Did no-one raise a couple of apparent recent anomalies? These being the curious case of the late and reversing finishing order in the Grand Prix and the strangeness of the timing and language surrounding the appointment of the Development Officer? Obviously those w...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

Interestingly there has been limited coverage of the meeting on this forum. I have now received a report from elsewhere. As Paul Cooksey says above it was a relatively quiet meeting, however a few points do need highlighting. All individuals seeking election/ re-election did so with a handful receiv...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

I like Angus French. I've now renewed my Bronze membership, so I can say that as one of his constituents. Malcolm Pein's success in extracting money from sponsors (sorry, commercial partners ) seems to correlate directly with his success in extracting money from the ECF treasury. In fact, the spons...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 31
Views: 2179

Re: Development Officer appointment

Given the text starts "I am delighted to have taken up the post of the Development Officer for the English Chess Federation..." that would have been forward, no? Not necessarily, if it was understood that the document wouldn't be published if he was unsuccessful and even it was it would just be com...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 31
Views: 2179

Re: Development Officer appointment

The bone of contention here appears to be the date of the `Credo`. Is it not possible that Carl Portman submitted the document at his interview to show how he would get the ball rolling should he be appointed and after being successful the document became official. If he hadn't been selected for the...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

What oblique criticism? My concern, which I stated directly, is that there appears, at least to me, to be an absence of scrutiny and scrutiny is what I expect the Non-execs to do... Stephen might have submitted an election address but hasn't. Removing moribund committees? What committees were those...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

...Finance Chairman: Now Malcolm, you spent £20,000 on international teams?... Ah, just to say that £45K was spent on sending two five-player teams to the 2018 Olympiad in Baku with £32K of that spent on fees made up of entry fees, travel fees, hotel fees and other fees including appearance fees. S...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy! Fair point. I shall, if elected, try to suppress my normal uncritical attitude. Nick Faulks and myself have clashed on this forum more than once but I can't see him taking an uncritical approach to the financial...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

There is scrutiny and there is scrutiny. Unfortunately there are those who frequent the internet and don't know the difference. Its very much a matter of degree. A slight and debateable error on the part of the Board doesn't mean a free for all with the criticism of that error. It is important that...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 3821

Re: Council Papers are out

Would it be too bold a statement to suggest that our time might be better spent discussing Carl Portman's appointment and what he might bring to the role rather than nitpicking over ECF papers from a year ago?
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4590

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I wonder why the ECF does not appear to have responded to this? (I hope it does so soon! I would otherwise raise the question at the upcoming ECF council, however, it is possible that I may not have returned from abroad by then) Anyway, to avoid being involved in any further nonsense of this nature...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5446

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

In context the proposed restriction applies to two tournaments at what is likely to be a unique British with the main week falling during term time and the event presumably returning to the traditional format (so no U110) at which point the new rating system will have come into effect anyway. When e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5446

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Wasn't there an incident (reported in Chess) when a strong club player, having been absolutely slaughtered by David Bronstein in (I think) the London League asked in all honesty, `Who was that old geezer?`
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5446

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

I joined the Forum to raise this specific point as I thought it would benefit from input from the collective memory / experience of this Forum. While I'm delighted to learn that the 2020 British Championships were able to find a venue after being let down (the difficulty of which should not be unde...