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by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Interesting - so if you aren't there, what would the children do? Is this the same for secondary and primary? Like Alex, for any after school club - or any other situation for that matter - I was* always sure to be in place before any children arrived. I don’t know about what would happen with Alex...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

It's normal practice for a school to require one of its teachers to be responsible for an after-school chess club and to be in loco parentis sitting in the room .... Not in London* it isn’t. I personally took clubs after school/ at lunchtime in dozens and the number I supervised indirectly must hav...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Indeed.

I certainly wouldn’t expect the chess tutor to routinely roll in at xx:yy o’clock and/or the tutor presuming somebody else will set up the room for the lesson because the coach is never there to do it
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

It is therefore possible that some coaches are unaware of what has happened and may still be "trading" under the title. I forgot to respond to this in my previous replies. FWIW I suspect it’s most likely that this is the case here. Or perhaps it’s an old website which has not been updated or has be...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

It gives all of us a bad reputation if we ignore complaints. Quite. "We" being chess players in general and the "ECF" in particular. I’ve been contacted by a couple of people asking, "is it X". Both were wrong. As we’re talking about the south of the country, Andrew Zigmond may also be wrong with h...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

However it would not solve the immediate problem, namely the refund of fees. Does the ECF need to be involved? Make a claim at the Small Claims Court. This was my initial thought but on further discussion it became clear that this suggestion rather misses the point - for reasons that have largely a...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Back onto the topic, Since posting I’ve had more information about what’s happened. We seem to be talking about a dozen missed sessions over 2-3 years. That’s around £600-700 worth of fees taken and not refunded. That’s not considering the fact that the sessions that did take place routinely started...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Does the ECF have a complaints system for their accredited coach scheme. (...) So my question is, what would the ECF do (if anything) should they receive a complaint about this person. I'm sure raising it here is the way to find out - there's certainly no point emailing the ECF or the Junior Direct...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:00 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:44 pm
there's certainly no point emailing the ECF or the Junior Director.
I assumed that Jonathan had already done that.
I haven’t myself but my understanding is that communications from an involved party to the ECF either have already been sent or soon will be.
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 3016

ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Does the ECF have a complaints system for their accredited coach scheme? I’m aware* of a person claiming he is an ECF accredited coach behaving in a very poor manner at a school chess club. Last year he cancelled several sessions without notice. They were already paid for by the participants. Refund...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue May 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 82
Views: 14605

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Giddins is a big mate of RDK's isn't he? Or at any rate was.......
But longer ago than that he wasn’t.



Of course the BCM hasn’t only just recently turned to cack. It’s been putrid for years. Well,decades imho, but certainly including John Upham’s time there
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon May 13, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 180
Views: 10504

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Obvs there would be no dispute at all about the number of tournament victories if Charlie simply listed them - providing all relevant details.

Somehow I suspect this isn’t going to happen.
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon May 13, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Psychology of Chess
Replies: 7
Views: 1841

Re: Psychology of Chess

Gobet is a legit researcher. I’ve not read the book but I have read a couple of his published journal articles.

What he has to say will be worth reading. The antithesis of the bluster and bull**it approach favoured by too many chess commentators
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 3792

Re: GRENKE Classic

... it must have been the prep for the match with Caruana that he is now unleashing on everyone else! Ironic if true, given the amount of criticism Carlsen’s team got during the match. But actually I don’t think it is true. Obvs he’s using the same openings but he’s not getting winning positions fr...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4163

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

I agree with comments above - great post, Chris. I particularly enjoyed ...
Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:05 pm
The farmer, however, felt that he might be unreliable so didn't take him up on the offer.