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by Michael Flatt
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidentally displacing a piece
Replies: 145
Views: 8138

Re: Accidentally displacing a piece

Dear Mr Simeone, You have to be aware that as the Arbiter was observing the game, as you state, there is nothing that you can do to complain. It has to assumed that the Arbiter was neutral and in observing the incident he has interpreted the Laws of Chess in accordance with his training. I would als...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16016

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

Roger, that is an interesting point. Can players really complain that the grading system picks up short term variations in a players performance? The question may be whether we should restrict the calculation to the most recent 30 games when taking an average over more than one six month grading per...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16016

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

Category With each grade is a Category that indicates the extent to which games from earlier periods have been incorporated. Grades are based on the most recent 36 months maximum, and all Categories except X (the most active) are based on the most recent 30 games in that period, where 30 are availa...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior ECF Membership
Replies: 112
Views: 6799

Re: Junior ECF Membership

Why is it necessary to penalise Junior players by imposing a requirement to be an ECF just to be able to play a few games for their school team in the National Schools competition? Can't we simply encourage children to play chess and wait for them to join an adult league or participate in other adul...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior ECF Membership
Replies: 112
Views: 6799

Re: Junior ECF Membership

Yes, Kevin. That seems to be a better approach!

Why not allow all Juniors to become Bronze members at a notional £1 and benefit from having their games in Junior events properly graded?

Juniors participating in Open or Adult events would then need to upgade to a more appropriate membership level.
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership cop-out
Replies: 38
Views: 3653

Re: Compulsory Membership cop-out

Motion from Sean Hewitt Motion: “The ECF offers junior players ECF Junior Silver Membership free of charge if they have never previously been an ECF member. In respect of ECF organised school team events, an exemption is granted that players may play one game without the need to be an ECF member....
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership cop-out
Replies: 38
Views: 3653

Re: Compulsory Membership cop-out

Thanks, Angus. Very fast and comprehensive.
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership cop-out
Replies: 38
Views: 3653

Re: Compulsory Membership cop-out

It will doubtless cause extra work for someone.

Do we actually know the split between adult and Junior ECF members, either by membership class or overall numbers?
by Michael Flatt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Compulsory Membership cop-out
Replies: 38
Views: 3653

Re: Compulsory Membership cop-out

Am I correct in understanding that this concession of free ECF Silver membership for Juniors is an introductory for one year and thereafter they have to pay to remain members? For Juniors that are already ECF Silver members shouldn't they also be able claim free membership for one year? Why do Junio...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Story
Replies: 107
Views: 16637

Re: My Story

Ms Chevannes, Yours is a real cry from the heart and it is evident from the events described here and elsewhere that you have suffered much pain and hurt. Pioneers and innovators who upset the status quo do tend to receive such attention from jealous unthinking people. Please, don't become distracte...
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Arbiters' Association Website
Replies: 42
Views: 5458

Re: Chess Arbiters' Association Website

The link to the preview website has been removed since I last accessed it earlier today.
I guess we will have to wait until the new CAA website is formally unveiled at the British.
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Arbiters' Association Website
Replies: 42
Views: 5458

Re: Chess Arbiters' Association Website

Thanks Alex.

The preview site looks good and professional.

To my eyes the CAA logo looks unnecessarily phallic. Are there any plans to replace it?
by Michael Flatt
Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Arbiters' Association Website
Replies: 42
Views: 5458

Re: Chess Arbiters' Association Website

Whatever happened to the CAA website?

Who heads the CAA and who is on the committee?

Does the CAA have any members?
by Michael Flatt
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Diary of a new junior chess 'coach'
Replies: 20
Views: 3636

Re: Diary of a new junior chess 'coach'

It works with my groups. The point is that order of the ordinates is (letters along the bottom, numbers up the side) So rather than 1d (the name of the boy band) we write d1 (the name of the chess square). It is to help children who sometimes get things in the wrong order. If you want to discuss Mat...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Diary of a new junior chess 'coach'
Replies: 20
Views: 3636

Re: Diary of a new junior chess 'coach'

When getting the children to correctly name the squares on the chess board a primary maths teacher suggested to me, "Along the corridor and up the stairs". It how they teach co-ordinates in maths. The noise is simply an expression of the children's exuberance.It quietens down considerably when you r...