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by Roger Lancaster
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Is there any code of conduct for the Players laid out by the ECF?
Replies: 29
Views: 3270

Re: Is there any code of conduct for the Players laid out by the ECF?

Yes, as Roger and Michael suggest above, "acceptable behaviour" is just as subjective a concept at chess events as in life generally. So it's down to the local organiser or equivalent and, what one might find acceptable, another might not.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Curious error message from ECF grading site
Replies: 18
Views: 4820

Re: Curious error message from ECF grading site

I'd like to add my thanks to Richard, who has been unfailingly helpful when contacted, and my best wishes to Paul.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

It's entirely valid to make the distinction between (legal) avoidance and (illegal) evasion but, although it's slightly off topic here, it's worth noting that the distinction is becoming somewhat blurred through the government's recent determination to act against artificial tax avoidance schemes an...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the result of the game?
Replies: 22
Views: 2163

Re: What is the result of the game?

I had an interesting experience some years ago in an inter-club match. In a minor piece ending, opponent and I each had passed pawns which were 'runners' and could not, although it required a little analysis to determine this, be stopped from promoting. It was a question of who promoted first and wh...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Curious error message from ECF grading site
Replies: 18
Views: 4820

Re: Curious error message from ECF grading site

I reproduce part of an email from Andrew Walker at the ECF Office regarding someone else, which I think will also answer your question: "(Name withheld) is a Free Junior Silver member, which in her case runs from 1/7/16 to 31/8/17. The grading database and the software that generates the membership ...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: "Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Re: "Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August

The eBay auction ends shortly after two o'clock this afternoon. Currently we're referring, in hopeful anticipation of a parallel, to the apochryphal obituary of an eBay executive reading, "Mr so-and-so died on Thursday, the day after his 74th birthday. His first 74 years were uneventful with everyth...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

When UKCC was set up, likelihood is that projected turnover was under the then VAT threshold so it would have been understandable if the business (and, as far as HMRC is concerned, this would have been treated as a business) was not initially registered for VAT. What I agree is perplexing is the fai...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Justin, an accountant would have highlighted the problem at once!
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Thanks for the feedback, John, which was much as expected. It's a salutary lesson. Based on this, HMRC will have plucked £300k more or less out of the air (through lack of more accurate data) but, from where I'm standing, this could just as easily have been 2005-2014 rather than 2007-2016 and, if th...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Well, contrary to an earlier post, it's not entirely speculation since HMRC has now succeeded in obtaining a Bankruptcy Order, as Adam has pointed out, against Mike Basman in the sum of £300k alleged VAT due. The "administrative problem", as Richard puts it, would seem to be that VAT was reckoned to...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: "Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Re: "Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August

Update. There are only limited spaces still available to be among Keith’s first cohort of opponents at 7.0 (spaces should begin to open up around 7.30) but, if you intend coming and wish to by-pass any queue, there’s an eBay facility to be the person to open proceedings by playing the first move aga...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Two entirely separate issues here, I think. First, whether any prospect of changing the law. Second, because legal changes (even if one can be agreed) are rarely retrospective, how does that leave whoever is facing a £300k HMRC demand.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: "Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

"Chess Master @ The Local", Happy Hour, Watford, 25 August

Not a congress but an event, this is part of the ECF's initiative to bring chess to the masses by staging events in open-to-all locations including pubs. Optimum scenario, as far as ECF is concerned, is to attract 'interested but occasional' players but the fact that I'm posting here tells you that ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How good should you be to teach?
Replies: 16
Views: 2741

Re: How good should you be to teach?

Spot on, Gary.