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by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

At the risk of muddying the waters Raymond Keene himself credits CJ with raising much of the sponsorship and stated that he merely helped with a few contacts. I think it more than likely that once CJ had the sponsorship money he alone used it to make the championship the success it should have been....
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

It does appear that de Mooi was the one who obtained the sponsorship and got all the top players there, making Sheffield the success it was. I can understand why he (and his supporters) are quite upset that his reward has been abuse and condemnation from many in the chess community. The T shirt itse...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

I keep coming back to this point because it is arguably the sole one that has not been addressed. Back in October Alex wrote quite passionately about the impact of the T shirt incident and its resulting fallout on Lara; most critically the damage to her health and confidence and the stain it could c...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

Whilst the governance issue is important in itself, it's also true that I have said many time before that CJ should resign. That would be the more dignified way, surely - and he'd also be less likely to whinge about anyone in the ECF to the mainstream press, something which apparently cannot be rul...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

Just seen Mr Giddins' latest post about something from the meeting hitherto unmentioned. May I be the first to say - good for her!
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

The rest of the country doesn't have a lot of patience with the attitudes expressed by Yorkshire players and organisers. We regard their attitude as either an opinion that there shouldn't be a national chess body, or that if there is, then someone else should pay for it. The Yorkshire league IS gam...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

But I can tell you quite clearly that paying a chess tax in Yorkshire is not popular, and nobody outside Yorkshire has the right to come in and tell us that we have to pay- if they did they wouldn't get far either. The rest of the country doesn't have a lot of patience with the attitudes expressed ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

Personally I'd like to see a strong national body bringing English chess into the 21st century. In order to have a "strong national body bringing English chess into the 21st century", it needs money. To that extent, its members need to fund it one way or another. This could have been done via Game ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

. The likely consequence is that the Yorkshire League will not be game fee registered but will carry on as before and none of the participants will actually notice any change. I imagine they might notice the absence of games from this league in the calculation of their national grade. But the ECF g...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

Going back on topic I'm curious as to how the ECF intends to sell the new membership proposals to those it expects to join up. I can say with confidence that Yorkshire will almost certainly reject them. Yorkshire might be a special case, but for the rest of us, the ECF will threaten to send a bill ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

I guess Yorks won't be playing county chess either in future. At the end of the day it's individuals who join the ECF, not counties or congresses. Those players in Yorkshire who wish to play County Chess are probably members already and will continue to be. The likely consequence is that the Yorksh...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

I think Andrew Farthing deserves a lot of credit for the professionalism and restraint he showed throughout the meeting. Certainly he got a very tough ride, especially during the early part of the meeting, when a lot of the anger was aimed at him largely because another member of the board wasn't t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 29478

Re: Finance Council Meeting

The meeting has proceeded to consider the report of the Chairman of the Finance Committee which was approved with thanks. This was the point of the meeting at which the revised page of British Championship figures was presented to the meeting. The ensuing debate ultimately led to the following moti...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Query over CRB checks
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Query over CRB checks

The following question arose at a club committee meeting last night. Obviously any individual working with children (ie running a junior chess club) would need CRB clearance but where do we stand as a primarily adult club that is willing to admit junior members? Someone suggested that every club mem...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Vacancies
Replies: 100
Views: 13544

Re: ECF Vacancies

I'm not the first person to make the observation that everything positive in British chess that has happened in recent years (the 4NCL, the London Chess Classic to name but two) have happened independantly of the ECF (or BCF back in the day). However the ECF always seems to be there with petty quibb...