Interview with ECF Presidential Candidate – None of the Above

Yorkshire Chess bring another exclusive!! Following ChessBase’s excellent interview with ECF Presidential Candidate Dominic Lawson , we decided to get the thoughts of his only rival, None of the Above.

Q: Are you a member of the ECF?

None of the above cannot be found on the membership list. No explanation as to why was given.

Q: Do you support the current ECF Membership scheme?

No comment forthcoming.

Q: To what level have you played chess? Have you ever had a published rating?

We cannot find you on the grading databases for FIDE, the ECF, Yorkshire or even Heckmondwike!

Q: How do you think your previous experience and contacts within the chess world could assist you with your potential role as ECF President?

Our presidential candidate did not answer this question either.

Will Dominic Lawson be able to land the killer blow against None of the Above?

Will Dominic Lawson be able to land the killer blow against None of the Above?

Q: Your rival for the role, Dominic Lawson, appears to have much more experience within English and International Chess than you. He is a reputable journalist and has major contacts in the media and the ear of many politicians. Is this a serious handicap to your campaign?

No reply received.

Q: We understand you must be nervous addressing the members of the English chess Federation through this interview but we really could do with learning a little bit about your aims and aspirations for the English chess scene. How can the ECF help create an environment to have an English challenger to the world chess title?

Our presidential candidate still appears tongue tied.

Q: Bradford recently hosted a huge outdoor chess event – Bradford Chesstival in the Park. This was organised solely by the Bradford and District Chess Association. New players, clubs and events have come as a direct consequence of the event. Could the ECF do more at a grassroots level to assist clubs and league to attract more players or should clubs take more responsibility for themselves?

‘None of the above’ did not express an opinion

Q: Do you think one the ECF goals should be to make chess classified as a sport?

No comment again.

Q: Why have you chosen to stand for ECF President?

Silence is golden!

Former Yorkshire Chess Association President and Secretary. I'm not the brains of the editorial team but I can live with being a glorified typist as well as the resident grammar pedant. I have captained Bradford A in the Woodhouse cup for over 30 years. I'm fairly easy going, sometimes diplomatic and I think my enthusiasm is infectious but not life threatening. The English chess world needs to wake up and smell the coffee before league chess collapses altogether.


One Response to “Interview with ECF Presidential Candidate – None of the Above”

  1. James Carpenter

    Oct 08. 2014


    Said enough to swing my vote though, I admit. If only I’d kept up my membership payments!

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