Two welcome pieces of English chess news...
The new Chief Executive of the English Chess Federation (ECF), Andrew Farthing, has joined the blogosphere. He is a thoughtful and articulate writer and his blogs are well worth reading.
Also, the ECF has reinstated a link to the English Chess Forum - http://www.ecforum.org.uk/ - which hosts lively discussions on everything to do with English (and indeed British and World) chess. The forum remains independent of the federation as before but it has been good to see more and more ECF directors and officials responding to members' questions and comments there.
Both initiatives indicate a welcome improvement in communications policy by the federation, following the lead set by Stewart Reuben, CJ de Mooi and others.