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by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Communication with older pupils
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Communication with older pupils

The Public Liability Insurance offered to clubs by the ECF has specific recommendations regarding Safeguarding of Children (individuals of less than 18 years old).

One of the requirements is to appoint a Safeguarding Officer to whom you should refer any Safeguarding concerns.
by Michael Flatt
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: AGM Agenda and papers published

In attempting to understand how voting rights are allocated between member organisations and what membership fees they pay I discovered the following page on the ECF website: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/membership/info/membership-fees-for-organisations/ So, do member organisations actually contri...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Database website URL links
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: ECF Grading Database website URL links

You can get a better looking page by using the 'bookmark' facility on the ECF Database page: http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?file=glist&?&file=glist&?=&Code=7008 Having done that, clicking the the column heading 'Standard' will sort the players into grade order (ascending)....
by Michael Flatt
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PaySubsOnline
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: PaySubsOnline

Reading this I'm thanking my lucky stars I had the good sense to fork out for a 3 year subscription last year. I'm hoping they have a much smoother system in place in 2 years time when my renewal is due. Even better would be to reinstate the option to pay for 3 years and save players and the office...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PaySubsOnline
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: PaySubsOnline

Well spotted, Ian.
The obvious solution is for the ECF to update the link on its own website.
Problem solved!
by Michael Flatt
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PaySubsOnline
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: PaySubsOnline

I have just successfully logged on using the FireFox browser to the site: https://paysubsonline.com/club_software_membership_sign_in.aspx

It requests:
(i) Email address and
(ii) password (for PaySubsOnline account)

It functions correctly.
by Michael Flatt
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1040

Re: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017

I asked this once before on this forum, but didn't get an answer. Does the late entry fee deadline make much difference to when people enter? I don't believe that late entry fees have any real influence over whether or not a player enters or when. It more likely that personal circumstances cause pe...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd British Bangla Chess Assn Rapidplay - Sunday 26th November
Replies: 1
Views: 115

2nd British Bangla Chess Assn Rapidplay - Sunday 26th November

Details and Entry Form (pdf) for the above event are now available, The venue is the same as last year: London Enterprise Academy, 81-91Commercial Road, London E1 1RD Nearest Tube, DLR and Overground Stations: Aldgate East, Aldgate, Whitechapel and Shadwell. There are two sections Open: Open to all ...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1040

Re: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017

It's a shame that you've had to cancel. Increasingly players leave it to the last minute to enter, especially if they have the option of Online Entry. In the local weekend tournaments where I assist 50 percent of entries arrive in the last 7-10 days . A good number used to turn up unannounced on the...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EPSCA - Flanders Match
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: EPSCA - Flanders Match

Well done, Paul.

Sadly, these EPSCA events don't get the recognition they deserve and often pass unnoticed.

Hope to see you at the EPSCA AGM in Birmingham on Saturday 23rd September.
by Michael Flatt
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations for the 2017 elections at the AGM
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Nominations for the 2017 elections at the AGM

It should, of course, be remembered that ECF Directorships are now held for three years and that one third of the Board retire in rotation. That important fact isn't given in the announcement on the ECF website: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/nominations-for-the-2017-elections-at-the-agm/ Any potent...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists

Sorry Michael, but I think you've misunderstood the current functionality - functionality which allows graders to engage in conversation. If MailChimp doesn't allow this then you're not comparing like with like. Angus, Providing spammers with easy access to large distributions list is plain irrespo...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Spam forwarded from ECF email distribution lists

This comes up every year or so and MailChimp is still the answer but what do I know? Does MailChimp have the same functionality - for an email sent by MailChimp to a dlist, can a member of the dlist send a reply email to the dlist? Why would you want to do that? Are you willing to assist the spamme...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 59
Views: 2175

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

It is a waste of time; you may be happy to spend your time cutting and pasting data from various sources, but other people have lives. The reports generated should be the reports needed, or the software should provide you with adequate means to define your own reports. Swiss Mangler doesn't. Furthe...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 British Championship
Replies: 26
Views: 3357

Re: 2018 British Championship

Of course constructive feedback should be sought and welcomed. The provision of extra chairs for spectators at Llandudno after comments were raised is an example of that. My comments were directed at a small number of serial complainers who either don't know that the team at the British work a fort...

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