Wednesday, October 12, 2011


[Firstly, a reminder that This is not a blog post and Nor is this have previously appeared on our pages.
Secondly, all the images below are clickable, should you fancy a closer look.
Finally, on with the post ...]

Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:30pm 2010

... I provided some of the initial funds myself [For the 2010 Staunton Memorial Dinner - JMGB] and am handling all the finances personally...these will be available for public scrutiny when the event is over ....

Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:47pm 2010

The accounts will be published and no-one is being paid a penny.

Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:14pm 2010

... I will publish full accounts as promised when all the money has come in ....

Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:43am 2010

I'm just writing up the final accounts now so will publish those in the next couple of days ....

Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:07pm 2010

The final totals raised (minus all deductions which will be detailed in the accounts) ....

Would it surprise you to learn that, although the thread lasts another three pages, the accounts do not appear?

Would it surprise you to learn that the initial "very rough breakdown" of money raised ...

Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:14pm 2010

Karpov campaign - £15,000
ECF Women's Chess - £700
National Bullying Helpline - £700
Child Care charity (from sale of donated boards) - £900
British Championships - £7500

(my emphasis - JMGB)

... later became ....

Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:07pm 2010

Karpov 2010 - £4216.07 (although it also received a private donation of $10,000 on the night)
National Bullying Helpline - £720.42
Child Care Charity - £1200
British Chess Championship 2011 - £7000

(My emphasis - JMGB)

... (fair enough, probably just a rounding error), and later still was said to be ...

Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:17 am 2011

The income I was able to secure [for the British Championship - JMGB] was -

£1500 - Staunton Memorial Dinner
£15000 - Sponsorship
£1000 - JRT
£16835 - Donation

(My emphasis - JMGB)

...? £1,500 is certainly a 'significant contribution'...

Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:17pm 2011

... (both the Staunton Dinner and Nigel tour made significant contributions to both the Championships and charity)

... but it's only about 21% as significant as £7,000.

Perhaps the £5,500 difference between the figures quoted was actually a donation and appears as such in the 12/07/11 post, although ...

Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:39am 2011

The British Championships this year received 2 donations - one of £250 from a private benefactor and one of £16585 from me.

... perhaps not. Maybe instead it's included in the July 12th 2011 'sponsorship' figure, but, if it is, why does the September 9th 2010 post say,

I am confident of attracting at least 1 major sponsor as several people spoke to me indicating willingness to provide assistance.

after stating the amount generated for the British Championships at the Staunton Dinner was £7,500? Doesn't that suggest that the sponsorship being sought was 'in addition to' rather than 'part of' the money said to have been raised?

Promising financial records and not delivering them?  Inconsistencies in the figures given for money said to have been raised? I'm not sure what Lady Bracknell would have made of all this, but it seems to me that while to do either of this things once might be unfortunate, to do both of them twice is rather beyond carelessness.

1 comment:

Jonathan B said...

One of the links to the EC Forum post of 14/9/10 4:07pm wasn't working but has now been fixed - JB