John Upham wrote:
I am curious to understand how ECF grading lists would determine someone's holiday arrangements: this is new twist that Otto Clarke surely would not have predicted?
Isn't it obvious? There's a national championship for players with grades at various levels. These take place over a working week. If you, or a family member have ambitions to win such a title, you have to take the relevant week off. If you plan on the basis of the earlier July list, only to find yourself not eligible because of the January list, you have a problem.
It's been a potential issue since the idea of grading restricted events was first introduced. In practice the annual July/August grades coincided with a slack period for Congresses. Also the holiday planning year usually runs from January to December, so previously you knew in the December of the year before your event eligibility and thus potential holiday plans all the way to August. Employers will sometimes insist on advance knowledge of time off plans for the main school holidays.