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by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 08, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 42
Views: 2115

Re: Chess clubs by size

However I would push back one point. Prior to the pandemic the ECF was trying to do something similar by appointing a chess development officer and those of us who actually have memories will know that no sooner was somebody appointed than they were subjected to a vicious online pile on that led to...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 08, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 42
Views: 2115

Re: Chess clubs by size

Clubs are crucial part of the competitive chess-playing infrastructure but are barely supported by the ECF. What support would you like? First, the support currently provided that I’m aware of is: - a club directory on the ECF website to help players find clubs - arranging of insurance - Club of th...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 61
Views: 3333

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

To be fair Tim's approach is not new as a former bronze member's representative took a similar approach. While he didn't bring responses from his constituents on to this forum he did publish them in a spreadsheet that was then placed in the public domain. It is important for members to be represente...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess

e) As was noted in the other thread, the first scheduled over the board event has been organised by the ECF CEO, albeit in a private capacity. Strictly speaking it's organised by the 4NCL, which being a Company limited by guarantee isn't anyone's personal property. I would expect the Warwick event,...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess

Technically there has been a couple of junior events already :wink: Actually on the topic, it would be great if the ECF or professional organiser could organise more junior tournaments in May - June, as U18 are allowed to have indoor supervised activities. That's something that could potentially be...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess
Replies: 9
Views: 871

An ECF action plan for resuming over the board chess

It has been suggested in another thread that the ECF should be prioritising this above all else. It's actually a very reasonable suggestion and it seems that the ECF are already doing the following; a) a scaled down British championship in October after the traditional event had to be cancelled for ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 61
Views: 3333

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

Those of us with longer memories will remember that Mike Truran inherited the CEO role reluctantly after his predecessor was ousted. Had he actively sought the role he could have easily moved into it two years prior to that when there was a year long vacancy. The current chair of the governance comm...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Reports from Direct Members' representatives
Replies: 61
Views: 3333

Re: Reports from Direct Members' representatives

Replying to a few of the points raised by Tim in his report. It's true that most of the motions before Finance Council are procedural and of little interest to the wider membership. Unfortunately if the ECF are obliged by their bye laws to put technical matters to a council vote then its unfair to c...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.

I have to admit I misread Mike's post as referring to what would have been this year's competition, as opposed to the one that was abandoned when the pandemic struck. While I understand the frustration that some events look set to be permanently unfinished I think there comes a point when a line nee...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: County Championships National Stage 2019/2020.

I am disappointed to see the proposal that this be abandoned. I understand the reasoning (only 50% of counties/ unions want to continue so it wouldn't be the normal competition) but what about those of us who do want to play? I'll raise this at the Finance Council if there are some others who feel ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2060
Views: 124348

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If six people are allowed to sit around a table in a pub for a drink, then those six people are free to play chess while they're doing so. Another six people can do the same at an adjacent table. The problem only arises if the groups decide to mix.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 12422

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Chess players have been fretting about the number of very old chess players for at least 20 years, during which time the age profile hasn't noticeably changed. Are you quite sure about that? Isn't it more the case that the players are mostly the same people as twenty years ago, only twenty years ol...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 12422

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

I'd also push back on the suggestion of losing a generation of young players. Having played in a few 4NCL online congresses it's noticeable that there is relatively little overlap with congress regulars and the average age seems to be a lot lower. These are likely players who don't have the time an...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 12422

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Don't worry I am sure the ECF will find some why in 2022 of saying its unsafe I think we are in danger of losing a whole generation of young players this decision is farcical . Most of us cant wait o get back to playing OTB and socialising with long lost friends . Nearly everyone will have had two ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 12422

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

In chess terms Sheffield chess club is a member of the Yorkshire Chess Association, which is affiliated to the Northern Counties Union.

I've played in every British since 2013 and if I could return to any one of the six host towns Llandudno would be my choice by far.