As an Arbiter (Sorry Roger ), I have to agree that the FIDE / ECU events tend to be in a nice hotel, I am working towards my FIDE qualification so I can do international events. I know from the 30 or so events I do in this country (Scotland) that, despite how easy we try to make it look, arbiting is very tiring and hard work. I often wonder how Lara and Alex manage doing for example, the Scottish this year, immediately followed by the Glorney / Faber the following week and finishing it off with 2 weeks at the British, and still manage to keep us laughing when we are packing up on the Friday night.Roger de Coverly wrote:The ECF delegate is also an arbiter. It doesn't appear that he has much time available for arbiting at British events. However when he does act as arbiter, more often than not it's at a FIDE or ECU event being run in an agreeable hotel in a holiday resort. Some might think that it's a potential conflict of interest to accept such a role (with expenses) at an event when you are in a position to vote as to whether resort A or resort B should be awarded said event.
My understanding is the way that the selection of location of events in the ECU is changing so that it is the congress that determines who has the events (FIDE use the same system). On that basis, the delegate is just one person who cannot determine what is happening, that is down to the will of the meeting.
Enough of my rambling, Whomever the delegate is, I certainly look forward to seeing them at any future meetings