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by Michael Flatt
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal moves
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: Illegal moves

Would someone like to tell me what should happen on an illegal move in a) blitz play b) rapid play c) standard play I am a Level 1 Arbiter, and hence believe I know what should happen in all three cases. However, in the past few days, I have had a barrage of people telling me that they understand i...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence

Either one or both players insisted on using the antiquated time control with adjournment (and the option of an adjudication) at the end of the first playing session. The league in which this particular game is played actually permits two other choices at the start of play in which the game could be...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 14
Views: 959

Re: County Championship Consultation

The ECF regularly receives comments from a number of these stakeholders about ways to improve the Championship A pity these suggestions couldn't have been presented in the background information to the questionaire. I guess we'll have to wait to discover the details. For convenience of those wishin...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4331

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Isn't that what the League Management System is about? The data is already collected for tournaments, so an inaccurate calculation of "this is what your next grade will be if you don't play any more games" is already possible. The hack for juniors from a few years back of treating them as new playe...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4331

Re: ECF Agm 2017

It was never clear to me why so few people were taking advantage of the scheme - it is written into the rules, so it was just a case of reading them: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/membership/membership-rates/ With the Gigafinals taking place in July, any players enrolled in the ECF Free Junior Sil...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4331

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Because they were members after 1st July - that's when the Gigafinals were held - they do not need to renew until 31st August, 2018. Strictly, the Free Silver memberships for the GigaFinalists shouldn't have been included in the 2016-17 season since the associated games won't be graded until the Ja...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4331

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Annual Total Membership Mem Cat 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 1. Jnr Bronze 446 288 256 218 172 2. Jnr Silver (FREE) 528 515 438 463 1008 3. Jnr Silver (paid) 401 556 526 512 4. Jnr Gold 475 458 483 544 565 5. Jnr Platinum 4 6 6 5 6 Is the huge increase in Junior Silver (FREE) purely due ...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 75
Views: 3440

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

I submitted the FIDE rating report to the IRO; I submitted the ECF grading report to the local grading officer. What leaps of imagination you make with this information is your matter. Constructively, I am now going to drink a small G&T, finish preparing a game by Judit Polgar for tomorrow, and go ...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 75
Views: 3440

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

If they don't appear on the ECF grading database it is unlikely that they will have been submitted for FIDE rating either. Different and entirely independent processes. One does not result in the other. Well, it looks as though you submitted them solely to the International Rating Officer and bypas...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 75
Views: 3440

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

All tournaments that have been submitted and processed by the ECF grading officer, Matt Carr, are listed on the ECF grading website: http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?file=events_received& Neither of your two most recent events (LJCC Qualifier 30th September, Richmond Rapidplay 15th October)...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 81
Views: 5275

Re: What do I do?

I looked at it but unsure why 110 cm's is necessary for 1 board or for 2 sets. My board's sides are about 47 cm's. I am trying to find the handbook of Mr. Reuben for organizers, but I was unseccessful. Can anyone help me? The book is currently out of print, but remains available to download from th...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4466

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

As for County Championship fancy holding the meeting on 14th to clash with the first stages of SCCU county competition? Why not organise it the week before. :) Yes, that is unfortunate. When arranging the SCCU County fixtures I avoided known dates, such as 4NCL, major Championships and Congresses. ...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4466

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

Andrew, You may recall that I sent you an email on 8th January 2017 (copied to the SCCU President), regarding the difficulty in making nominations for the ECF competition before the SCCU Championships, from which teams qualified, had been completed. I would suggest that the SCCU President acted corr...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4466

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

County chess was Andrew's remit this year. He's entitled to comment on how the candidates for a post interacted with him in that role. As SCCU County Match Controller for the 2016-17 season I would like to state that I am not aware of anything that might have given rise to Andrew's comment. The SCC...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 1904

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

Many newspaper archives have been digitised and made available online.

There are a number of different collections where the Glasgow Herald may be found.

See https://www.nls.uk/collections/newspapers/online