From:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Angus French [angus@angusf.myzen.co.uk]

Sent:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 04 October 2016 14:05

To:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 'Malcolm Pein'; 'Malcolm Pein'; 'director.international@englishchess.org.uk'; 'director.finance@englishchess.org.uk'

Subject:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FW: ECF: Baku Olympiad finances

Attachments:††††††††††††††††††††††††† InternationalChessFinances.pdf

 

Dear Malcolm,

 

  Thank you for your email.

 

  I am personally concerned. But others I represent - Bronze members and players and clubs in the Croydon league - have also told me they are concerned, both specifically about expenditure on international chess and, more generally, about (actual and suggested) increases in membership and game fees.

 

  Expenditure in international chess has recently increased significantly and is set - according to the new Five-year Plan - to increase significantly further. For the nine years between 2006/7 and 2014/15, net expenditure in an accounting period was between £18K and £25K. Now for 2015/16 it is forecast to be £40K. The budget for 2016/17 is for £50K and the projections for 2017/18 and 2018/19 are, respectively, £65K and £70K. Responsibility for funding of the bulk of the cost of international chess falls, and is set to fall, on members of the Federation and game fee payers. (Please see the attached file for the figures and their sources.)

 

  Since it members who for the most part finance international chess, I believe they should be allowed to know how the money is spent. So Iíd like to ask again, please would you say:

 

1.       What it cost to send Open and Womenís teams to the recent Olympiad in Baku?

2.       How much was spent on each team?

3.       How much was spent on appearance fees for each team (I am not asking for a breakdown by player which I appreciate is sensitive information; rather Iíd like to know the totals for each team)?

4.       What contribution towards the costs came from sponsorship?

5.       If the sponsorship was in any way directed towards a particular purpose or conditional, please could you state what those purposes or conditions were?

 

  Regards,

  Angus

 

From: Malcolm Pein [mailto:fide.delegate@englishchess.org.uk]
Sent: 02 October 2016 18:23
To: Angus French; 'Malcolm Pein'; director.international@englishchess.org.uk; director.finance@englishchess.org.uk
Subject: Re: ECF: Baku Olympiad finances

 

Dear Angus,

I wonder if there is demand from the grass roots to know this information? Or a personal concern of yours and a fledgling attempt to ensure that sending the strongest possible teams to international competitions and developing strong players is not as high a priority as it currently is.   I refer you to the board's recent strategy paper.

There is a quite a lot of information which is already in the public domain that I am happy to point you towards, including the budget for the Olympiad team of £36,000 which was agreed a couple of years ago while David Openshaw was ID (see Council Papers from ECF Finance Meeting April 2015 - detailed forecast and budget (C22.10). Our sponsors, Jupiter Asset Management, specifically wanted to support our team at the Olympiad and the development of strong players. They are aware that we don't have that much talent coming through and also want to help with that. The sponsorship was spent on many things including ensuring players did not have to share rooms and on extra training before and during the event. The agreement is confidential, as per their request.

Regards

Malcolm Pein

 

On 30/09/16 08:43, Angus French wrote:

Hello Malcolm,

 

  Iím asking because Iím conscious that the contribution from members towards expenditure on international chess has increased substantially in recent years and Iíd like, as a representative for Bronze members, to know more about how the money is spent.

 

  Regards,

  Angus

 

From: Malcolm Pein [mailto:malcolmpein@gmail.com]
Sent: 29 September 2016 16:31
To: Angus French; director.international@englishchess.org.uk; director.finance@englishchess.org.uk
Subject: Re: ECF: Baku Olympiad finances

 

Dear Angus,

For what purpose do you require this information?

Regards

Malcolm

 

On 29/09/16 10:41, Angus French wrote:

Dear Malcolm and David,

 

Please could you tell me:

1.      What it cost to send Open and Womenís teams to the recent Olympiad in Baku?

2.      How much was spent on each team?

3.      How much was spent on appearance fees for each team (I am not asking for a breakdown by player which I appreciate is sensitive information; rather Iíd like to know the totals for each team)?

4.      What contribution towards the costs came from sponsorship?

5.  If the sponsorship was in any way directed towards a particular purpose or conditional, please could you state what those purposes or conditions were?

 

Thanks and regards,

Angus French, Bronze Membersí Direct Representative

 

 

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