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by Michael Flatt
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SCCU County Team Championship 2018-19
Replies: 0
Views: 181

SCCU County Team Championship 2018-19

In preparing SCCU county match fixtures for next season it has become apparent that some counties who have entered teams in previous years are experiencing difficulties in finding volunteers to take over from those captains that have retired or are temporarily unavailable. Although today is supposed...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Leake
Replies: 2
Views: 944

John Leake

With great sadness we report that John Leake, St Albans Chess Club's most loyal and longest serving committee member of recent times, passed away on Friday 6th July at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. He had been ill for some time. John will be remembered as a friendly, hard working and capable adm...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 88
Views: 7891

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

Roger, except for creating a new entry in the ECF grading list. Shouldn't there be a process for doing this? Wouldn't you do this, or have this done, before attempting to build an export file? Presumably there's an established method which organisers of international events would also have to be ab...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 88
Views: 7891

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

For the experts, though, here is a question. Is there a way to get a full report (or a means to export the data) on all the players in an event, with all the entered data provided, including name, id, FIDE id, grade, rating, gender, club, date or birth, etc? Or even better, that plus all the games ...
by Michael Flatt
Sat May 26, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 9059

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

To give this a little more publicity, the ECF has helpfully produced a template for Clubs to use to develop their own privacy notice. It can be downloaded from the link beneath: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-privacy-notice/#cps It might be particularly useful for Clubs with their own websites...
by Michael Flatt
Mon May 14, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2585

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: 392
Views: 18884

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: 392
Views: 18884

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: 392
Views: 18884

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: 392
Views: 18884

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: 392
Views: 18884

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: 3676

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: 3676

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: 3676

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: 3676

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...