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by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

My original point was that it does seem the EPSCA Zoom meeting could have been managed better. However as I've never chaired a Zoom meeting myself I didn't want to imply that I could have done a better job - unlike some contributors to this forum occasionally do.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:04 pm
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:07 pm
I personally doubt I could have done any better.
Nope, too easy...
Flagged to the moderators. Happy to take most things on the chin but not this irrelevant swipe.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3855

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

John Lawson of Hull and a recipient of the Hardcastle Shield for services to Yorkshire chess was listed in the old YCA grading list as Sir John Lawson, although I don't know what his knighthood was for. He would be in his nineties now although I've not heard anything to say that he has died. Appare...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3855

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

John Lawson of Hull and a recipient of the Hardcastle Shield for services to Yorkshire chess was listed in the old YCA grading list as Sir John Lawson, although I don't know what his knighthood was for. He would be in his nineties now although I've not heard anything to say that he has died.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:33 pm
"Having read the minutes it does seem like this is a contrived scandal driven by people who weren't at the meeting."

John U was "at" the meeting - does he think they minutes are reasonably accurate?
For the avoidance of confusion I was not referring to John Upham.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Having read the minutes it does seem like this is a contrived scandal driven by people who weren't at the meeting. It does seem that the meeting could have been better organised BUT these are difficult times and we are all adapting to new technology and ways of working. I personally doubt I could ha...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Doesn't the ECF already run the National Schools which they inherited from The Times when they ceased to sponsor it? They also run a junior team event that is effectively for schools only. The ECF National Schools is an event for secondary schools, https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ . It is not ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3450

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

(It has been reported to me that Clissold said in a later private meeting that he doesn't believe EPSCA should be running Schools events anyway, as he believes that the ECF should be running them.) Doesn't the ECF already run the National Schools which they inherited from The Times when they ceased...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: 4NCL On-Line Congresses

Some of the fall may also be down to the fact that some OTB play has started up. Obviously not competitive play/ congresses but it is possible to meet friends for friendly games in the pub which it wasn't before. It may also be that some established players tried online events for want of anything e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

Does anyone think that David and Gawain are spongers? I hope not! Some people do unfortunately, or at least assume that if you are a chess Grandmaster you must be loaded. It's often the same school of people who think that the English Chess Federation must be run by people earning six figure salari...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

The three most popular adult events in the chess calendar are the British Chess Championship, the London Chess Classic (all Malcolm's work of course) and the 4NCL. You could potentially throw in Gibraltar as well. The appeal of these events for many players is the chance to play in the same room as...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

How do you suppose we get from the current world, where grassroots players are subsidising professional chess, to a perfect world where they aren't? There is only one logical answer to that: somewhere along the line, we have to remove the subsidy. So tell me what event is going to trigger the remov...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

How do you suppose we get from the current world, where grassroots players are subsidising professional chess, to a perfect world where they aren't? There is only one logical answer to that: somewhere along the line, we have to remove the subsidy. So tell me what event is going to trigger the remov...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

Evolving and looking towards the future - no-one can argue with that. Why, if we're looking towards the future, did we go into the last Olympiad with Michael Adams on board 1? That's like Southgate calling up Wayne Rooney because he's England's record goalscorer. That's not really comparing like wi...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23001

Re: Membership Renewal

Do you mean Nigel Davies' plan? About the time he transferred to Wales. Indeed - his suggestion as to how things should be done. I actually agreed with much of what Nigel Davies said. What I didn't like was his stinging contempt for the `ragbag of amateurs` who give up their time to run the events ...