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by Michael Flatt
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 64
Views: 1854

Re: Possible Voting Reform

Such a committee has been appointed. It was the Governance Committee. That committee has examined the principles and the various strands of thought about what is desirable. Consultation has taken place and is continuing. However, this is of course not satisfactory. The mechanism chosen has not the ...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 64
Views: 1854

Re: Possible Voting Reform

It does seem strange to present three different options with the ECF Board already strongly expressing a view as to what they consider acceptable and unacceptable. Ideally, things should be done more rationally: Appoint a panel or commission under a suitable chairman to establish some principles tha...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Delancey U.K. Schools Chess Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 665

Re: Delancey U.K. Schools Chess Challenge

Pleased to report that the fluffy mascots arrived safely.

Let play commence!

https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/
by Michael Flatt
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 604

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

I think Matt is doing a marvellous job. He had inherited a considerable backlog which now seems to have been cleared. Some months ago, before Matt was in post, I didn't get any reply from my grading submission and forgot about it. Today, noticing it was missing from the recently available list of gr...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 604

ECF Grading List: January 2017

There has been an unavoidable disruption of the ECF grading process this season due to the change of grading personnel (twice). The normal list of events submitted for grading hadn't been updated since September but today I noticed that it is now being kept up to date. I suggest that it is worth che...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Arbiter Regulations
Replies: 31
Views: 2255

Re: ECF Arbiter Regulations

Today, the list of accredited ECF Arbiters has been updated on the ECF website [1]. There are some significant changes: (a) The number of classes of ECF Arbiter has increased as a result of the new Arbiter Regulations which came into force on 1st September 2016. (b) The total number of names listed ...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Engame Composing Tourney: Jan Hendrik Timman – 65 JT
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Engame Composing Tourney: Jan Hendrik Timman – 65 JT

To celebrate the 65th birthday of the famous Dutch over-the-board GM and endgame study composer Jan Timman, two composing tourneys for endgame studies are announced: 1. Only for over the board title-holders (FIDE GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM, WFM) Theme: free Judges: Yochanan Afek & Hans Böhm Tourney d...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 2228

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

Joshua, Since you mention the Charity Chess in Schools and Communities you might like to visit their website and particularly the page on the training courses they run. You may even benefit from attending one, as I have. CSC courses are aimed at teachers, teaching assistants, parents and anyone invo...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Drop a piece lose the game
Replies: 132
Views: 8284

Re: Drop a piece lose the game

Having just come across FIDE Arbiters Magazine No 3 (August 2016)[1], I notice that it includes a review of some incidents occurring during recent games and provides helpful advice: Case A: No “Dropped Piece” Rule Case B: Illegal Move Irregularities Case C: Promotion Irregularities Case D: Board and...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Club 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: National Club 2017

It does surprise me that if 4NCL had thought a trophy desirable that they hadn't already purchased one of their own.

Did those who voted have any notification of the proposal and time to think about it before the meeting?
by Michael Flatt
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Arbiter Regulations
Replies: 31
Views: 2255

Re: ECF Arbiter Regulations

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by Michael Flatt
Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Hastings thread

Chris's live commentary keeps breaking up. I guess that it must be down to a poor internet connection at the venue.
by Michael Flatt
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Hastings thread

Live commentary is by the ever enthusiastic GM Chris Ward. Very instructive to especially the younger players as might be expected from his coaching of the Kent Juniors. It's hard work for a single presenter but the interaction with the live audience is good. Players from the tournament drop in to e...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior Chess Championships, Dec 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Re: London Junior Chess Championships, Dec 2016

The Championship is now concluded following the second series of events held during 28th-30th December 2016. The results of these additional events are given below, although the Winners of the individual London and SCCU titles are yet to be confirmed on the Championship website: FIDE Open incorporat...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Arbiter Regulations
Replies: 31
Views: 2255

Re: ECF Arbiter Regulations

It's quite clear that that regulation is specifically written so as to make it really easy to satisfy it. What is the justification for such a regulation and why does the ECF think it necessary for local leagues to follow the model of the Birmingham League? Does this edict also extend to other ches...

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