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by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Grading of Junior Tournaments

In our other junior tournaments we set the entry fee to include ECF grading fees and offer a reduction to ECF members. In these tournaments the players are quite experienced and mostly are ECF members. In the Megafinal the majority of players are new to tournament chess and are very inexperienced. O...
by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Grading of Junior Tournaments

I arranged with the UKCC in advance that there should be an explanation of this on the online entry when entering the Megafinals I was organising; saying that the data would be used to make the children ECF members. I prefer to leave the decision to the parents as to whether players take out ECF Si...
by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Grading of Junior Tournaments

As the ECF doesn't seem to think it necessary to for Juniors to become graded at a reasonable cost, doesn't the Market demand an alternative supplier of grading services?

Pehaps, my Junior Association should affiliate to Yorkshire and adopt Yorkshire grades!
by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Grading of Junior Tournaments

Michael, Isn't it an exclusively junior event, for which I thought the following applied: (4) Special arrangements Special arrangements apply to games played between junior players under the age of 18 in exclusively junior events. Game Fee at a reduced rate of 60p per standardplay half result or 30...
by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Grading of Junior Tournaments

The Competition Rules on the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge make no mention or promise of grading. Megafinal Rules: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Megafinal_Rules_2017.pdf Traditionally the Megafinals have not been graded, except in the rare case wher...
by Michael Flatt
Thu May 25, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading of Junior Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Grading of Junior Tournaments

I've been considering whether or not it is worth sending my recent Megafinal for ECF grading. With an entry of 200 players where very few are ECF rated, let alone ECF members, I calculate it would cost around £360 for the event, based on the current game levy. With the new rates, effective 1st Septe...
by Michael Flatt
Mon May 15, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Quarter Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 3438

Re: Quarter Final Draw

Andrew, thanks for sorting this out. Not all captains are fully computer literate and are not familiar with how to submit the results online and it does cause them worry if they don't see their teams name appear in the draw for the next round. The deadline for reporting results is very tight - withi...
by Michael Flatt
Mon May 15, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 188
Views: 5132

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

The Pearce Report recommended that directors should have three year terms. Shouldn't "managers" and "officials" be offered the same? They might not accept as one year terms give volunteers an annual option to walk away. The managers and other officials are appointed by the relev...
by Michael Flatt
Sun May 14, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Quarter Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 3438

Re: Quarter Final Draw

There is an error in the report on Oxfordfusion result service for U120 Notts-Herts match. It has been pointed out to me that the result of the match was 4-8 in Herts favour, yet Notts are shown as progressing to the second round. Ref: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/DisplayCupResults.cfm?CupID=133&...
by Michael Flatt
Fri May 12, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18/13 County Team Championship 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 193

ECF U18/13 County Team Championship 2017

Will there be an u18/13 County Team Championship this year? I couldn't find anything in the ECF Calendar or ECF Junior Directorate website. Usually it has been scheduled at the end of June so unless something appears soon very few teams will enter. Also, location has a strong influence on the size o...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Antics at a North London Club
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Re: Antics at a North London Club

This post was to invite players to share any similar experiences at that club. It had been a very enjoyable game up to a certain point, but its finish was spoiled by outside circumstances. I suggest that the club remove the special "trophy" from their cupboard and resist "ganging-up&q...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Antics at a North London Club
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Re: Antics at a North London Club

Angus, I raised with the league secretary the nature of the distraction during the game that I found objectionable and requested that he remind clubs of the rules of match play. I did not raise the question of the home players behaviour which I found unnecessary and disrespectful. My match was again...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Antics at a North London Club
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Antics at a North London Club

I wonder, has anyone experienced the ritual abuse meted out by members of a North London club to a visiting player who, after the game, pointed out to his opponent the unwelcome disruptive tactic employed in the later stages of a game which might have been considered gamesmanship? A handful of playe...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 245
Views: 11369

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

John Reyes wrote:does anyone know who we email for the proxy votes?

In the absence of any known replacement to Angus French, I'd inform the Chairman of the meeting, Mike Gunn council.chair@englishchess.org.uk,
and copy the Minutes Secretary, Gary Willson gary.willson@englishchess.org.uk
by Michael Flatt
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 245
Views: 11369

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

Previously individual Directors gave reports on matters under their control, but they are now all wrapped up in the Chief Executives report - this does save time. Nevertheless, the various subjects of interest to members can be raised as questions to the Chief executive on his report and he will dou...

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