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You'd have to have a really convincing reason even to consider voting for somebody whose previous interest in the organisation had been nil, whose knowledge of same can be presumed to be not much greater and whose track record in terms of reliability and believability is spottier than a Jackson Pollock.
Agreed. Except that Council managed to vote in Tim Woolgar as director a couple of years ago, who had much the same profile... ...And since one might expect a less than inspiring personal statement and oral presentation from the incumbent President, there must yet be some cause for concern.
It's an attempted boardroom coup d'etat, exploiting ECF's vulnerability as a company and its shambolic weak corporate governance. Capture the Board, and you capture the company. Why might some Board members & Council go along with it? Look no further than the answer to Mrs Merton's question.
Well quite.(Mrs Merton: https://twitter.com/Berlin_Endgame/status/376033762305269761)But why would anybody want to capture the company?
Why? For whatever business purposes they have in mind. ECF is a national body; carries te right to speak in international forums (FIDE etc). An individual or group seeking an interface with FIDE, hostile or compliant, could claim legitimacyDavid R (it was me as 'Unknown' above, btw)
Here's a flight of fantasy. AP maintains his faith in making chess a word spectator sport. He regards FIDE or at least its current President and management as an impediment to that vision. So establish a foothold by becoming ECF President and use this as a springboard to running for FIDE President in 2014.RdC
Would being ECF President help with that plan, though? I don't see it - although it's entirely possible that I'm being naive and/or not understanding how FIDE works.
Voting for the FIDE president is in the hands of the national chess federations. The national president is usually regarded as an important person in this context, to stand at all, you need a national federation to support you.I suspect this is all fantasy, but AP's motivation for putting himself forward or even the ECF's motivation for approaching him is less than obvious.The original case for CJ was rather better. "High" profile TV "personality", previously very active player to reasonable standard.RdC
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