The Egregious Chess Federation's outgoing CEO, Andrew "Aintwortha" Farthing, contributing to the latest Forum discussion on the financing of British chess:
A major source of difficulty here is that the ECF obtains so much for free that other organisations would pay for
As they say in Parliament, "I refer the Honourable Gentleman to the reply I gave earlier"!
Incidentally, when the piece in the above link first appeared., it attracted approving comments from hundreds of readers, from various parts of the world. One of the very few disapproving comments appeared on the Egregious Forum (where else?), one of whose members wrote:
The impact of Steve Giddins's closing recommendation - that everyone should start demanding a commercial rate for their services - would be devastating in terms of the price of playing chess.
And who might be this defender of the "everything for nothing" status quo? Step forward, Andrew "Aintwortha" Farthing!