How I knew my points were higher despite the secrecy.
There was a presentation to parents about the Longsons 'plans' at the last Academy. The Longsons Powerpoints based on their Academy Offering. https://netorgft2837877-my.sharepoint
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Sarah Longson in our Coaches meeting made the following clear;
1. She had not asked any Coach their permission despite points on offer for each coach and each coaches skills and experience. This appeared to me to be a fraudulent attempt to increase bid points as no coaches were asked. Why on earth was there points assigned to them, bizarelly the ECF then told me that this was fine!
I could not believe this and at this point I believed this was not a fair process as I had went to great lengths to get approval.
I then asked who would be the New Academy Head and as I knew Glenn had suddenly started Coaching Sarah I suggested it would be him, this was also coupled with Sarahs presentation implying the New Academy Head would be a GM. To my surprise GM Glenn Flear became extremely defensive, the following day accusing me of being rude and aggressive...I was not.
After this accusal Alex Longson then changed the rules of the ECF tender bid and it seems ECF allowed this, slurring my name in the process, by saying he was now in charge of what was IM Andy Martins role for the remainder of the year and he was dismissing me from the Academy and therefore removing Andy from his role.
Only after severe pressure from this thread was Andy Martin reinstated with a message from ECF saying everything was okay again.
From my pespective it seems there are entrepreneur alliances formed inside the ECF.
I think this is very bad for ECF and an ethics committe setup with bite should be setup that has bite, to remove them as they seem to be protecting themselves rather than allowing what's best for ECF Junior chess.
What is worse is that when I stayed with the Longsons in the Summer 2018, acting as their chess education consultant and then working as their coach at Lady Barn School; before leaving after they attempted to reduce my agreed rate...they also did this to FM Adam Taylor, they had told me in this summer period they were gong to have Alex Holowczak as a part owner.
I was very surprised when he became Junior Director and even more surprised when he handed over the ECF Academy to the Longsons then even more surprised when suddenly qualification for England if you won a Terafinal! (the Longsons purchased the hard work done by Mike Basman) Surprise Surprise England places for this predominantly rapidplay event. Charlie knows all if this..lets discredit him and that is what they have tried to do hence my passion in defending myself here.
Sorry guys...I am now Head of a New Academy sponsored by Chessbase with the Worlds greatest trainers. The chess world knows what has happened here despite efforts to keep it hidden. The mild disappointment is that this ould have been in harmony with ECF.
I will post my Academy proposal, the points system, and the prsentation the Longsons made about The New Academy and you will be able to compare the offerings.
Bear in mind Sarah Longson declared that she had not asked any Coaches, and told us ECF Academy Coaches she had no Head of Academy!
I would suggest that anyone involved with allowing that bid through should be challeneged by FIDE Ethics commission and the bids compared to see if mine was substantially superior and if so those responsible for allowing the weaker bid through should be removed from their posts within the ECF which is the England Governing Body of Chess with important ethical responsibilities.
I may be blowing the whistle here on some people within ECF. I would invite the Longsons for the sake of transparency to also show their entire submitted plan so the ECF members can form their own views on the is important area of being stewards of our ECF junior chess education and if so not a new xreation after the event that maps to the already disclosed facts given at the ECF Academy and what was shown to oarents on the soon to be attached Powerpoint Slides;
ECF Points based Bidding Process https://netorgft2837877-my.sharepoint ... ?e=QRez9D
My Bid clearly showing almost 100 per cent points. https://netorgft2837877-my.sharepoint. ... e=Lhpav2
The Longsons Powerpoints based on their Academy Offering
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Bear in mind she declared she had not sought permission of any coach, not checked their academic experience.
Not checked their International Experience and then put their names on an official points based Tender Document.
Now ask yourself...why did the committee which involved Malcolm Pein Alex Holowczak
Julie Dennining and Tim Herring allow this, further, why did the governance committe within ECF not have any bite to see the bid was clearly malformed
. I mean in a points based system you could say anything if you do not have permission---she clearly declared to several oaches she did not have permission.
There needs to be an investigation why these people are allowed to make these decisions and if malpractice any wrongdoers removed from position immediately.
This is hopefully my last comments on this as I am off on a few well earned Chess holidays.
I will offer 1 more suggestion which will be a Poll to ask ECF members have the bids be made public and not ones that are edited after the event.
So you can make an informed decision if your money, membership and stewardship of ECF junior chess education is being correctly managed by people in positions of power.
Here is to transparency to our ECF
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Charlie Storey. ALL Informative documents are there for all to see in links 3 paragraphs up- it seems fairly obvious to me what has happened.