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by Michael Flatt
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 5403

Re: Ask the Directors

It would seem that posting on Carl's forum is quicker and more efficient than the 'ECF Ask the Director' - almost instant response.
by Michael Flatt
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 10513

Re: National Chess Library closure

Can a library provide a useful service without a librarian or archivist to oversee it?

Does the ECF propose to employ another member of staff to take on that role or will it simply be added to the duties of the current office staff?
by Michael Flatt
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 5403

Re: Ask the Directors

I had thought that the 'Ask a Director' system was fully automated and that mail went directly to those named by the enquirer but it seems that all messages have to be read by the ECF Office staff and then forwarded to the appropriate Director. It seems rather a waste of the Office staff's time and ...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 5403

Re: Ask the Directors

With the 'Ask a Director' facility being up and running for around one year there is perhaps an expectation that a FAQs page might have appeared on the ECF website so as to respond to some of the more commonly asked questions. That's not the point. Roger was quite clearly insinuating that we might ...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 5403

Re: Ask the Directors

Not in public though, so the directors could promise almost anything to make the questioners go away. You've caught us out. Yes, that's what we do all the time. What on earth is the matter with you? With the 'Ask a Director' facility being up and running for around one year there is perhaps an expe...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Book discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Book discussion

Hi. Common Sense in Chess on https://archive.org/details/commonsenseinche00laskrich is inncomplete. Why? Archive.org has a 'terms of use' which all users have to explicitly accept when registering for a Virtual Library Card. Register for access to Archive.com: https://archive.org/account/login.crea...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ask the Directors
Replies: 103
Views: 5403

Re: Ask the Directors

The purpose of posting on an Open Forum is to generate discussion and comment on topics of general interest to chess players and in doing that this particular forum is providing a valuable service. The ECF 'Ask a Director' facility doesn't offer the same opportunity for debate since all questions su...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New sponsor for british chess championship
Replies: 65
Views: 2610

Re: New sponsor for british chess championship

The British is not exclusively an English competition although the casual observer might be forgiven in thinking that it is since there are so few competitors from other home nations. How many players would be excluded if it became the English Championships? A good number of players registered to no...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game fee to be abolished?
Replies: 70
Views: 2732

Re: Game fee to be abolished?

Two notable junior organisations running large events, such as EPSCA and NYCA, run their team events as 3-round Jamborees, meaning there is never going to be any Game Fee liability for these events. This proposal was drawn up in ignorance of that, but it does seem to put to bed any concerns that th...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 3050

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

With regards to understanding the jurisdiction of the ECF I would recommend consulting the ECF Memorandum & Articles of Association [1,2]; it sets out the Objectives of the ECF which is the basis of everything it does. In matters of International Chess, the ECF is recognised as the English Natio...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 3050

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

Given the current interest in the EPSCA Inter-Association Team Championships, which commence next month, I recommend visiting the EPSCA website: http://www.epsca.org.uk/team-champ.html#introduction The Competition Rules are set by EPSCA Council where I am sure any suggestions for change can be debat...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game fee to be abolished?
Replies: 70
Views: 2732

Re: Game fee to be abolished?

Collecting the £25 penalty charges for not having the correct membership level is going to cause untold problems. Why not follow FIDE's example and refuse a tournament for grading/rating if any of the players aren't properly ECF registered? And why not give the tournament organisers a cut of the mem...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should an arbiter intervene?
Replies: 60
Views: 3860

Re: Should an arbiter intervene?

I rather suspect that, if other knowledgeable adults had been present, no-one would have risked making that decision. I doubt whether a non arbiter would have had any influence in that particular dispute. It was an ECF event where there were more than sufficient experienced ECF arbiters present. Th...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game fee to be abolished?
Replies: 70
Views: 2732

Re: Game fee to be abolished?

Might this be a good opportunity to redefine the classes of membership? I suggest: 1. Supporter (for non players with up to three ECF graded games) 2. Registered player (unlimited ECF grading and FIDE rating of games) 3. Premium (as for registered player but with additional donation in support of En...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should an arbiter intervene?
Replies: 60
Views: 3860

Re: Should an arbiter intervene?

Michael Flatt wrote: "In junior tournaments it is normal for all parents to be excluded from the room during play as they sometimes become too involved and seek to involve the Arbiter too frequently or unnecessarily". Whilst agreeing with Michael that over-assertive parents can definitely...

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