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by Roger Lancaster
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 5 Questions about the ECF Academy Tender that need answers
Replies: 68
Views: 6072

Re: 5 Questions about the ECF Academy Tender that need answers

I've no particular insight in these issues but I am sometimes asked by the parents of aspiring juniors whether the ECF Academy is a good idea. Frankly, I've rather hedged my bets on this one. I may not be alone there in which case I suggest - and this post is strictly neutral over any questions as t...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

It looks to me as if Alex H or his predecessor have dumped the selection committee and substituted this mechanical qualification by rating, with disastrous results. A committee of strong masters with a keen interest in juniors (Chris Ward and Peter Sowray come to mind) could have at least vetoed th...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

I thought: why didn't the junior selection committee stop this nonsense happening? Then I discovered that although the ECF has loads of committees for this and that, junior selectors are no longer listed. This discussion seems to have moved on to selection/performance issues, rather than money, and...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

it is normally the mark-up on the hotels that is used to fund the event. You can check the mark up by using one of the usual booking sites. At open market prices Antalya for random dates is usually cheaper than Telford etc. (as one might expect). Perhaps school holidays / Easter made it more expens...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

Never mind the mark-up, ask instead why any ENG attended. Our youngsters performed poorly for the most part, presumably miles out of their depth. Again! No other kindred European nations bothered to send players. So 'World Schools Champs' is about as accurate as 'World Series baseball'. Better they...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

whereupon there's no need to answer his second. Despite the denials, it's clear enough that amateur club players are being asked to finance ECF international activity. Why shouldn't parents looking for CV enhancing experiences for their children make a contribution as well? They already are, throug...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

But, if parents feel (reasonably, in my view) they're being ripped off In the previous thread, it's mentioned that playing for England as a junior in a world or European chess event is seen by parents as CV enhancing. Assuming that to be correct, is that reflected glory in part down to the success ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 116
Views: 7555

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

Perhaps Neil won't take it amiss if I suggest to him there's a fundamental difference between a team withdrawing from a round or rounds in good time, and inconveniencing no-one, and defaulting - which essentially means failing to meet one's commitments - through turning up with an incomplete team or...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3677

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

The issue of over-charging parents has been raised previously on this forum - see, for example, https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9859 - although, elsewhere, the ECF hasn't been seen as the prime culprit. But, if parents feel (reasonably, in my view) they're being ripped off, the sight ...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 3353

Re: Tony Buzan

The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] ("Of the dead, [say] nothing but good") indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead - Wikipedia, although similar sentiments appear across a wide range of sources. I wouldn't suggest this h...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 560

Re: 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour

one unfamiliar face is that of BC Gillman

Recognisably Brian Gillman, then one of the leading Middlesex juniors
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 116
Views: 7555

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

I've considerable sympathy for those outfits, or at any rate some of them, which haven't been able to raise teams. In the case of long-established teams, where most of the same players take part from one year to the next, it should be quite easy to predict the team's human resources. In the case of ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is sport!?
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: Chess is sport!?

Many definitions of "sport", including OED, include "physical exertion" as one component. This works against chess yet it's probably fair to argue that the physical exertion required to move a chess piece is, for example, no less than the physical exertion required to squeeze a rifle trigger yet sho...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 8259

Re: Division One 2018-19

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:08 pm
If the government are going to insist on the distinction being of significance, then they can't redefine chess on a whim for some regulations but not others.
I'm afraid they can, although I guess it would be susceptible to legal challenge.