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by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Rewinding to 2007ish (if memory serves) and an England under performance at the Olympiad, Leonard Barden absolutely castigated the BCF (as was) in the Guardian for not making international chess their top priority, instead spending the time chewing the cud over the failed Northern Membership Scheme...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 2140

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

That was clever :) Well done Harrogate. Fairly sure its the first time Forgrove have been relegated in their existence. They'll very likely come straight back up again of course. They were one of only four teams that have been consistently in the Woodhouse Cup since (at least) the late nineties alo...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 2140

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

So in the event of all draws the team with black on board 1 would have won (Rose Forgrove). That's really quite a useful little rule. Did the teams have choice of colours? The usual rule of thumb would be that taking White on 1 is the better option if you anticipate a possible drawn match and the a...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

On the appearance fees breakdown, I wasn't aware that Malcolm Pein had said: The effect of the resolution, if passed, would probably lead to England fielding an open team of 1 grandmaster and four young amateur international masters. I am not sure if I mentioned it when it was first brought up, but...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Firstly I would like to thank Angus' for his reply. I raised a few questions which have largely been answered (although I still think his board and standing committee record has a relevance and would certainly welcome a bit more information about why he resigned from the governance committee so quic...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

It should be possible for almost all parties to agree that scrutiny is generally a good thing and that there probably hasn't been enough in the past. I do feel that in some instances the scrutiny may become an obsession or an end in itself, and it is then that motives might be questioned, sometimes...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

- if memory serves Michael Farthing had to step into the breach at short notice. Lest anyone should be over-concerned for me I hasten to point out that I was not pinned to the ground by a large gang of ECF thugs until I agreed to take responsibility. And you seem to have done a fine and diligent jo...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 2140

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

The play-off has now taken place with Harrogate A winning by the narrowest possible margin. Damn, I was hoping for all drawn games and another kerfuffle as to what to do next. :lol: It was agreed on my suggestion (as chairman of Harrogate which the Harrogate captain relayed to the Rose Forgrove cap...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue May 14, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Having reflected overnight I am not going to write at further length. I think my point has been made and I stand by it. What most forum regulars will not have seen is a message Angus French sent to the graders mailing list (where all replies then bounce backwards and forwards to all recipients) abou...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon May 13, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

I've made a slight edit to my post to frame it as an opinion rather than a fact. I don't know Angus French so I may be doing him an injustice.

I'm heading to work now and won't be back online until tomorrow. If anybody feels my post has overstepped a mark I will accept any decision Carl or Jack make.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon May 13, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 12768

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

If certain individuals (I'm looking at one in particular) refuse to accept the answer given then that is their privilege. It's politics. I think what Angus was looking for, is the level of scrutiny that the British Broadcasting Corporation commits to with what their top wages are, because they are ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon May 13, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 5371

Re: National Stages 2019

Getting this thread back on track, I hate being at loggerheads with David Sedgwick all the time but last year he told us that the county championships, `are not the ECF's to ruin`. Now he seems to be demanding that the ECF should be imposing heavy handed penalties in a congress in Wales. This flagsh...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 12, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 5371

Re: National Stages 2019

It doesn't seem a great weekend to choose to play to be honest; we're missing players at Rhyl (and maybe Harrogate for all I know) and because of the football on Sunday You knew when you entered that you would be expected to play a Quarter Final on Saturday 11th May. Football on Sunday 12th May is ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 12, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 2140

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

The play-off has now taken place with Harrogate A winning by the narrowest possible margin.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu May 09, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 3518

Re: What if a player falls ill....

Something similar once happened in a Yorkshire league match (for reasons of confidentiality I won't give the teams or the exact circumstances). In this case the match was abandoned and replayed at a later date with the games already completed graded as friendlies. The laws of chess don't have any sp...