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by Michael Flatt
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The ECF Arbiter regulations could be improved by following FIDE practice, where the Chief Arbiter at an event documents an Arbiter's performance without the need for an external assessor. However, there does need to be an external assessor, the "FIDE Observer" at FIDE Arbiters' Seminars. ...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Not sure why ECF not using it's budget or making some provision rather than getting individuals to pay. I don't believe that cost has ever been a major issue in Arbiter training. Rather, it has been the scarcity of suitably qualified individuals to run the training courses and subsequently perform ...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

My Level 2 Arbiter Level status was removed quite deliberately: however, if I was to ask Alex H nicely, he could write up the 4NCL Individual Rapidplay and the 4NCL Team Rapidplay events that I assisted at in 2016 and then if two out of Alex, Laura B and Geoff G were to agree, I might apply to get ...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

... we would be reliant upon being able to find the required qualified arbiters : there are none in Thanet; [I am going through the process now, but it has taken over a year, has involved some cost, and is not yet complete. And if/when I do become a FA, we would still need another because all arbit...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Frodsham Congress Report and Results
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: Frodsham Congress Report and Results

As David points out the ECF Senior Arbiter title is no longer awarded. In fact, the new regulations no longer use descriptive titles to distinguish bewteen different categories of Arbiter, preferring to identify them solely as ECF Arbiter Level 1, 2, 3 or 4. Personally, I don't find the number desig...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Organizer(s) English Chess Federation Federation England ( ENG ) Location Bournemouth Pavilions, Bournemouth Date 2016/07/25 to 2016/08/05 Federation statistics No. Federation Count 1 Australia 1 2 England 77 3 Germany 1 4 Greece 1 5 Hungary 1 6 Ireland 1 7 Scotland 1 8 Wales 3 Total 86 Reference [...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM
Replies: 103
Views: 6026

Re: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM

There were only 3 matches in the Prelims last season, and only 2 of these took place on the 23 April (U120 and Minor Counties), with the U160 taking place on 30 April I don't disagree with Council Chairman, Mike Gunn, that the 22nd is the most favoured date for the Finance Meeting, but it would hel...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM
Replies: 103
Views: 6026

Re: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM

I only a few days ago asked the ECF office about this as I wanted to plan my congress itineray. I was told informally that 22 April was the likely date. Unfortunately, that coincides with the Preliminary round of the ECF County Championships. The draw will be made by a Committee consisting of the C...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Company Secretary
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: ECF Company Secretary

Matters are in hand to engage a third party provider for the company secretary role. The post of Voting Register Officer will most likely be filled internally. I'm not quite sure why Michael couldn't have emailed David Eustace or me directly, or used the Ask The Directors facility, rather than post...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Company Secretary
Replies: 6
Views: 483

ECF Company Secretary

I would hope that all members of the ECF are concerned that the post of Company Secretary remains vacant several months after the announced retirement and unexpected death of the previous incumbent. I would hope that the Board consider that making an appointment to this post is of greater urgency an...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

I do like the idea of club players having the opportunity of playing in the British Championships should they be having a good season and able to qualify from a tournament. There are perhaps too many qualification places on offer and it would be possible to reduce their number by allowing tournament...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Comparing the 2016 tournament: 6 players >2500 the number of these players likely to vary according to the extra sponsorship available 13 players 2300-2500 who would still qualify, I guess some of these attracted by the prize fund which may now be lower. But perhaps some in this range who would rat...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The last complete list of qualifiers (2016) is given at: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/previous/2016-2/qualifiers-2016/ It's nowhere near a complete list of qualifiers. I'm sure there are dozens of names omitted from it, me included, who were qualified for 2016 through having a deferre...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The last complete list of qualifiers (2016) is given at: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/previous/2016-2/qualifiers-2016/ It might be an interesting exercise to determine how many players would have qualified under the proposed 2018 qualification regulations. Would the so called "wea...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

I don't understand why St Albans could not be FIDE rated. Three games in a day is permissible. FIDE rating regulations[1] specify: 1. Rate of Play Where at least one of the players in the tournament has a rating 2200 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 120 minutes. In practice, this would...

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