It seems to me that the ECF has a choice.
a) To be an organisation which promotes chess
b) To be an organisation that only promotes chess that it organises
By this decision the ECF board is signalling that it does not intend to be an organisation that promotes chess. It intends to be an organisation that will only promote the chess under its control. If the ECF is not involved in the general promotion of chess events then less chess will be played overall and in the end the ECF will contract as the amount of chess played in the country decreases.
It is also a dangerous path to go down. As already stated BCM used to have an excellent list of events and other similar organisations could easily set one up. There are excellent commercial reasons for running a list of events. It brings people to your website. In the medium term the organisation with the most events listed will get all the traffic. The danger is that if another more comprehensive site exits then the ECF site will wither and die.
As to price, I too am involved in organising congresses. They are all ECF graded. So I am not affected by this charge and thus consider myself unbiased. My opinion is that Â£50 is much too high a fee to pay. The main reason is that many congresses do not make Â£50 profit. Sean Hewitt tries to re-butt the effect of the Â£50 fee by saying.
Sean Hewitt wrote:However organisations that choose to not grade an event, and therefore not support the ECF, must pay a small charge (Â£41.66 + VAT) instead.
I'm delighted that Neill Cooper and others recognise the ECF Calendar as the valuable resource that it is. I'm a little disappointed that he also implies that it's not one that junior organisers are prepared to pay for.
Well Sean and I must have been on the same course. The course teaches:-
a) Re-butt any complaint immediately.
b) Minimise the cost. Small charge (Â£41.44 + VAT).
Well in my opinion it is not small and it is not Â£41.44.
c) Get a plug in. Tell everybody what a good service you are offering I'm delighted that Neill Cooper and others recognise the ECF Calendar as the valuable resource that it is.