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by Michael Flatt
Mon May 14, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2158

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Official match results are being posted on the ECF League Management System: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/36/home

U160 Yorks 9½ - 6½ Herts, played at Evergreen Village Hall, Sharnford, Leicestershire
by Michael Flatt
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16323

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

We shouldn't be in that position though. "Here's something that needs doing, I wonder whose responsibility it is?" Superheroes are ultimately no better for the health of your organisation than micromanagers. There is no substitute for working out a process and writing it down. In recent months the ...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16323

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

I'm sure there are many volunteers who would chip in and do some boring admin work if it were possible. I doubt that boring admin work has been the sticking point. "Simply no excuse" were your words. But if more effort from the ECF wouldn't have made a difference, then that clearly is an excuse. Th...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16323

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

The reporting of decision taken at the last ECF Board meeting, might give some clues as what to expect: The Board agreed to progress the registration of events for grading purposes The Board confirmed the appointment of Mark Murrell as the Controller of the County Championships. The Board confirmed ...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16323

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

The Finance Director and Financial Controller should provide the Board and individual Directors with management accounts of the status of their budgets at intervals throughout the period concerned. The ECF website shows the post of Financial Controller is vacant. That might go some way in explainin...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 384
Views: 16323

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Don't quantify them. Just make 1 tally mark on a Post-It. That represents 1 membership query of average complexity. No-one expects the average query to be dealt with at the same speed as the easiest possible query. That's not how averages work. The ECF are fortunate to have loyal and hardworking st...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

It would obviously be best if the MCCU answered for themselves, but their website page dated 11th September shows what was decided at the beginning of the season before any matches had taken place. 11 Sep. Overall there are two new teams this year. Derbyshire and Leicestershire - shown in red in the...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

That does sound rather short sighted to me but the matter is purely an internal one for the MCCU. The ECF wanted to allow Greater Manchester (and any other county) to be able to enter directly but even suggesting this appears to be tantamount to heresy. I should add that I'm only posting as a sligh...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

At the beginning of season, Greater Manchester asked the MCCU if they would nominate us into the Open competition since currently no county actually wants to play this section It was refused saying that we would have to still enter the qualifying competition if they were going to nominate us The MC...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Surrey are in minor counties this year so is there any provision for winning it to go into Open next season. Just out of interest, why on earth are Surrey in the Minor Counties in the first place? Surely that competition is for second string counties. It sounds a bit like Manchester United and Arse...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Surrey are in minor counties this year so is there any provision for winning it to go into Open next season. Just out of interest, why on earth are Surrey in the Minor Counties in the first place? Surely that competition is for second string counties. It sounds a bit like Manchester United and Arse...
by Michael Flatt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 3184

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Surrey are in minor counties this year so is there any provision for winning it to go into Open next season. There is no provision under the rules but you could ask the SCCU to nominate Surrey for the Open next year irrespective of any other factors. That's how the current system works. The ECF Cou...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 13796

Re: County Championship Consultation

2. Scrap the Minor Counties section Unless the U180 is made into an "average" under 180, this excludes higher graded players from counties unwilling to enter the Open. Eligibility rules prevent them from transferring to one of the handful of counties likely to enter an Open team. In the SCCU we don...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 13796

Re: County Championship Consultation

Following the consultation the proposals to be presented at the ECF Finance Meeting have turned out to be quite modest: 1. Reduce the number of boards from 16 to 12 in the u180, u160 amd u140. 2. Scrap the Minor Counties section 3. FIDE rate the u180 section. See: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections
Replies: 55
Views: 5324

Re: Counties Championship 2017-18 Graded Sections

Controllers don't have magic powers. If captains or others are concerned about protectng against all and every infringement of the rules they need to pay for an independant recognised Arbiter to supervise their match. I doubt that the players would want to pay anything towards the extra cost.