In the English Chess Federation Handbook for August 2013 there's a section (begins page 55) on the "financial bye laws" governing the conduct of ECF officials in financial matters. This has a potentially relevant* section F5
and another potentially relevant section F8, on the Bids Regulations.
The Bids Regulations, on which this posting will concentrate, are just lower down in the same document (page 58) or are available separately here. (So far as I can see there's no difference in the wording of the two sources although the points are numbered differently. Reproductions are from the separate version.)
To what do the Bids Regulations apply?
to the provision of chess-related services by third parties to the Federationof which, one would have thought, an obvious example would be
(c) an official ECF event outsourced to another organisation.Such as, for instance, the 2014 English Seniors Championship at Sunningdale Park, outsourced to e2e4.
Although this seems clear to me, it does not seem to have been quite so clear to all the ECF Board, which Board included both those who awarded the event and those to whom that event was awarded. In the minutes for 19 January 2014, although (as we have seen) there is nothing about the award of the event as such, there is the following item:
of which the part that interests us is the first one
When awarding organisations the right to run ECF tournaments or tournaments where ECF titles are awarded, Directors shall follow Bids Regulations, regardless of how many organisers express interest.which motion was withdrawn "due to time constraints".
Now I don't really understand, though I'm curious to know, why such a motion was required, and whether this had any direct relation to the Sunningdale Park event. Still, seeing as it was Phil Ehr who withdrew the motion, he's presumably well placed to say whether the Bids Regulations were followed and to explain why or why not, which is why I emailed him on January 17 to ask:
Were the Bid [sic] Regulations followed when tenders were invited for the event? If not, could I ask why?Just to tediously re-iterate, fifteen weeks later this question is still awaiting a reply.
But as we already know from yesterday, tenders had been invited for the organisation of the event:
and as we already know from higher up this posting, the ECF Handbook is clear on the matter:
Really, nothing could be more straightforward, could it? All work put out to tender. The Bids Regulations had to be followed.
So were they? If they weren't, why not? And why is it difficult to say so?
[* by "potentially relevant" I mean "this may be the sort of thing Mr Kane had in mind", though he did not specify.]