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by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

It's pretty obvious that a lot of Yorkshire players that they don't care about an ECF grade... some don't care about grades at all, even some highly rated players. I look forward to seeing the figures of how many people actually pay the chess tax. A Yorkshire grade is enough for many players. Maybe...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

Right... this is the last post I'm doing this because it's too much time. I played in the Yorkshire league for 12 years and was never asked directly for a headcount charge of £6- neither were members of clubs I played for. Don't get this idea that there are loads of super dedicated players wanting...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

Regarding game fee liability - J Bloggs plays 10 games in the Yorkshire league while stating he will never become an ECF member under any circumstances. How much will the Yorkshire league be charged for, £12 equivalent to bronze membership or £20 for ten games at £2 game fee? The latter case was ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

Not actually so clear cut for Huddersfield's team - 17 players overall, of which only about 3 playing congresses that I can see from the chessnuts site. Maybe some playing congresses outwith Yorkshire of course. Thats perhaps rather less than usual - York A and B are basically at hundred per cent f...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

As an aside, what I would like to see from the ECF is a greater push of nationwide events. As a club secretary (newly elected this season) I've never received anything about national club championships, the British championship etc. There much not be much take up but at least I could spread the wor...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

When someone says "Yorkshire has accepted the ECF universal membership proposals", I don't think that's really accurate until Yorkshire chess players have actually paid. And I can't see that being too popular among none hardcore players either- from what I can see in Huddersfield, chess is dying of...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

Crickey, even Roger may now be forced to admit that this scheme might work! Depends what you mean by "work". If the intention is to give a price cut to the most active players thereby raising less money for the ECF whilst putting up barriers to new players, coupled with making life more complicated...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

A bit of breaking news - Yorkshire have voted to accept the new ECF universal membership proposals. You weren't expecting that, were you! Well, I knew Andrew Farthing was going to the meeting, so I figured it had a chance. I'm delighted with the news. What about the satellite leagues? Yorkshire its...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership?
Replies: 734
Views: 39033

Re: Compulsory Membership?

A bit of breaking news - Yorkshire have voted to accept the new ECF universal membership proposals. You weren't expecting that, were you!
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012
Replies: 241
Views: 32732

Re: 99th British #Chess Championships 2012

My sources (and I have a few) suggest that many of the country's top players will be there and we can look forward to a hard fought competition with lots of fighting chess. It's a shame the big three will be absent but Luke McShane probably wouldn't have played in any event while Nigel Short and Mic...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

I had planned to play in the British this year but having read this thread I've changed my mind. I would not enjoy the poisonous atmosphere that will surround the event. I think that's what a very tiny minority seem to want. Supporting the event, even as a spectator, and drawing on the positives of...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

I suggest this post is allowed to stand. There is something to be said for honesty It is understandable for Nigel to request a certain fee and then perhaps decline, Lara could perhaps ask him directly via PM but the additional comment I felt was un-called for, perhaps that was just me? I think it w...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

To Lara Barnes: I sincerely wish you every success with this year's British Championship. As to your comment "GM Short is the only GM I have not bothered to contact with regard to playing as I was told he would not play for less than 'blah' " if true, is more revealing about your prejudice than any...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

This year's British Championship will be a pale shadow of the 2011 event. That will be due to the absence of sponsorship. Those who have carped on endlessly about 2011 should just bear that in mind... I am sorry but this year's British Championship will be a resounding success despite no 'lump' of ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31958

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

True, but a touch pedantic, Mr. de Coverly. This year's British Championship will be a pale shadow of the 2011 event. That will be due to the absence of sponsorship. Those who have carped on endlessly about 2011 should just bear that in mind... Does this have to be the case? We appear to have an ex...