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by Michael Farthing
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2296

Re: David Welch

A sad loss, but perhaps a blessing for David who has been deprived for well over a year from the active and vivacious life he enjoyed. There must be thousands of chess players who have benefitted from his clear and firm but gentle and sympathetic arbiting. From the many memories I have of him this c...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Late for agm
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Late for agm

We understand there was a fatality on the line.
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Late for agm
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Late for agm

Mike, I've sent you a PM about our planned brief meeting
by Michael Farthing
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Late for agm
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Late for agm

Includes me
by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 5988

Re: Council Papers are out

There is considerable scope for Council members to influence the direction of the ECF by proposing motions at Council. I get the impression that it's discouraged. For example trying to raise a non-financial matter at the April meeting isn't really allowed. As a consequence, decisions to reduce the ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 5988

Re: Council Papers are out

Indeed David has previously admitted to not implementing a significant ''policy' in his life. Can you give chapter and verse for that, please? You have admitted in previous exchanges to having implemented relatively modest initiatives whilst spending much of your time defending the status quo in a ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 5988

Re: Council Papers are out

Well I have been amongst the cynics regarding the appointment of a development officer, believing that the budget proposed was insufficient for anything meaningful to be achieved but large enough for it to be a burden. I have some sympathy also with those that say the announcement was misleading, bu...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 6452

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

The post of Controller of the Grand Prix is listed on the ECF website as vacant so anyone who cares greatly could offer to sort the situation out by volunteering for the post. Better than non-volunteers complaining that volunteers are not working hard enough.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Neil,

1964-67. It was indeed Nottingham(shire). We used to play at the Boots Institute opposite Trent Bridge.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Michael, to save you the trouble of writing, Reg died - in 1985, I think. He left us with a book on the King's Gambit. I believe he was an entomologist. That's interesting. When I first knew him he was studying for a PhD but gave it up to become an Inspector of Taxes. I remember asking him with inc...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

What a cynic! The thought had never crossed my mind. Mind you, the trophy is certainly finer than those issued to winners in the County Championship (sorry Alex, but it is). Anyway, if he's still with us and someone can give me his address I'll write and demand my 7s 5¾d
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Another matter. For non professional, non aspiring players, instead of having prize money, offer trophies. I only thought of that for the British Championships after I ceased to be in charge. It makes most sense for ECF events as 20% of the entry fees go to the government in VAT. The European Senio...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

It also complicates the chart however you display it. If you are in contention for prize money before the last round, you not only have to work out who your rivals appear to be, but whether they are playing for money or not. And what about pairings? You have three people equal first, two playing fo...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I'd choose £6 but not out of concern about the money. I'm of the view that prize money (and gradings) are two innovations that have spoilt the game.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 7795

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Michael Farthing wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:42 am
It's one reason I don't like ny DoB being paraded about - I might get associated with them.
1952, according to published information. Like it or not, you're associated with me.
Gosh! Are you that young, Nick?