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by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

Professional chess players are just that. Professionals. The game is their livelihood and they have the right to charge for their services. As in any profession they go where the money is. That's the reason so many British grandmasters spend so much time on the continent where prestige events are av...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

I seem to vaguely recall that twenty years ago or so such an organisation was founded although obviously it didn't amount to anything. If you were thinking of Raymond's English Chess Association it's thirty years rather than twenty. Around ten years ago, it was noted that if a national body for Eng...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

Okay, so explain to me why enticing the highest-rated players possible to travel to Caucasia every two years is the ECF's responsibility? The invitation to send a team is issued to the ECF in its role as national chess federation. That everything has to be done via the ECF can be a nuisance at time...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

I suspect mainly those votes represent one or two individuals running the leagues and congresses. Not even necessarily the people who run events, but those who attend meetings on their behalf. Hence the pile of proxies at ECF meetings. If an individual club member or Congress player thought a parti...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

Here is my long-term view: that there is a net flow of money in English chess from the grassroots to the elite, is rock stupid. No-one ever decided that or voted on it. What exactly do you think an ECF Council Meeting is? I don't believe ECF Council represents ordinary players of graded (rated) che...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

It's not unreasonable to ask people to renew as a member today to ensure that there is an organisation to come back to when OTB chess does resume, whether or not that resumption occurs before the end of the current season. Local leagues and clubs can continue to exist and be revived, or not, regard...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 96
Views: 8649

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

allow time for the Governance Committee to work with the Chair of Council, in discussion with Members, with a view to putting a proposal to Finance Council in April 2021. It was Gerry Walsh who as President of the BCF and then BCF appeared to regard both that position and that of FIDE Delegate as l...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118241

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

What does that mean for chess? If clubs are meeting in public venues (and complying with the rule of six and any other regulations) then that is an obvious workaround. The question then is what happens if the club meets in a private venue. I initially thought my club could continue along those line...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board Playing strength
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Re: ECF Board Playing strength

Unless anybody is suggesting the Women's Olympiad doesn't count for some reason - Natasha Regan.
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118241

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

From the Agenda at the ECF AGM 15 Formation of Working Group on Safe Restarting of ChessTo consider a motion from Cumbria Chess Association and Durham Chess Association to instruct the ECF Board to form a Working Group:Council resolves:that the ECF Board should convene at the earliest possible oppo...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118241

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

As has been correctly pointed out there are workarounds with the current restrictions. Therefore clubs and other groups who want to organise are free to do so. Some players may want to participate, others may choose not to. Obviously the situation is dynamic and there are rumours of new restrictions...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118241

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'm not sure to be honest. I don't know Harrogate that well. Been through Harrogate a few times. The only person who might know is a certain person who posts on the forum, who is Chairman of Harrogate Chess Club. He posts regularly on ECF Matters. That individual would prefer not to comment publicl...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

For someone mostly isolating from external contact, both activities contain a degree of risk, but why should an evening in a chess club present a higher risk of infection than an evening in a restaurant? It doesn't. However a restaurant has a manager to enforce the `rule of six` and ask people to l...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

I seem to recall that when we went into the pandemic in March a lot of people were screaming for the ECF to show leadership and stop over the board events from happening (Blackpool going ahead was extremely controversial). They are now being screamed at for not making over the board events happen. Y...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 307
Views: 23007

Re: Membership Renewal

so perhaps we will see initiatives from the ECF to get OTB chess moving again The impression so far is that it has focused on supposed risks without giving thought as to which restrictions are mostly cosmetic and how to get round them. It surely wouldn't be a good look for a national body (and one ...