Alex McFarlane wrote:
Andrew Butterworth, who with hisaggie take the entries for the Scarborough congress reported that a considerable number of players gave wrong details re ECF membership when entering. In most cases either they gave the wrong ECF membership number. So either they got it wrong or the ECF database is wrong.
Clearly, the players get it wrong.
I took entries for the Birmingham Rapidplay, and they had the following errors:
(1) Paying the entry fee for the Open, rather than the Minor (which meant they paid more money than they had to).
(2) Not providing a postcode with their entry, which I've then had to chase up to post a prize to them.
(3) Incorrectly quoting their grade and/or grading reference. It wasn't even their standardplay grade, or last year's grade, but in some cases it was a random number that was roughly their grade but not quite.
(4) Confusing their grading reference with their membership number (which they thought were synonymous, but weren't)
Frankly, if the only error I saw on the forms was with ECF membership numbers, I'd consider myself lucky!