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by Michael Flatt
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 22797

Re: County Championship Consultation

Shouldn't each stage of the 'consultation' be made available on the ECF website as a permanent record? I can't find any trace of: what the purpose of the consulation was What questions were contained in the questionniare What the first set of proposals were What the reaction was What the current sta...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Controller, County Championships
Replies: 3
Views: 1096

Re: Controller, County Championships

Well done to Mark for stepping in and removing the confusion resulting from the absence of a National Controller. Mark can be contacted on matters related to the ECF County Championships at: controller.counties@englishchess.org.uk His first act yesterday has been to inform Union Controllers of his a...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11335

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

I would recommend that anyone responsible for an organisation's data should consult the guidance given on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website. It shouldn't be too difficult to comply if already familiar with the current Data Protection Legislation and the 'eight steps'. It is about a...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8825

Re: Snow Cancellations

ECF County Championships 2018 D3.1. Matches shall be played on, or by mutual agreement before, or on the Sunday immediately following, the dates here listed: Preliminary Round – Fourth Saturday in April Quarter Finals (Open, Minor, Under 160, Under 120) – Second Saturday in May Quarter Finals (Unde...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8825

Re: Snow Cancellations

I'm impressed at how speedily SCCU captains are managing to reschedule their matches that were weather affected. I should be in a position to confirm SCCU nominations for the ECF competition shortly after receiving results of matches that will be played on the 24th March. There does remain uncertain...
by Michael Flatt
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8825

Re: Snow Cancellations

Some captains have mistakenly interpreted this as their opponents having defaulted the match. When the home team unilaterally cancels a match with the travelling team still keen to go, that does seem understandable. Cancellation due to adverse weather is concerned with the safety of individuals. As...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8825

Re: Snow Cancellations

Various SCCU captains have advised me that due to adverse weather their matches, scheduled for tomorrow, have been cancelled. Some captains have mistakenly interpreted this as their opponents having defaulted the match. I would urge all captains to try their best to reschedule these matches, althoug...
by Michael Flatt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5764

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

Conditions of Entry for the British Championship are published on its website and although the 2018 event appears not to mention Refunds, the 2016 conditions include: 4) Every effort is made to place entrants in the tournament of their choice but the right is reserved to transfer an entry to another...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5764

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

I am pleased to see that the organisers of Northumbria Chess Masters are clarifying their position on Refunds as given in the Notice appearing above. I don't know whether this is a change of heart or simply better communication of their original offer to players who had withdrawn prior to the event....
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5764

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

It reminds me very much of an infamous thread five years ago which was not only removed but which is now unable to be discussed. I am sorry, making such an oblique criticism of a poster's comment or query doesn't carry any weight with me. If there is something that cannot be discussed, presumably f...
by Michael Flatt
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5764

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

Returning to the original topic: Obviously different organisers view the matter of refunds differently. So, for one organiser to claim that they are only following the universal practice by not offering refunds can't be accepted because it simply isn't true. What they should say and state in their e...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4148

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Apparently Kings School, Grantham, did not charge for the venue. The school also ran the snack bar with a selection of hot snacks (pizza, panini, cornish pasties) and drinks. A well run event. Open: 1. Kent (16.5pts), 2. Sussex (16pts), 3. Surrey (15pts), 4. Herts (9.5pts), 5.= Leics, Suffolk (7.5pt...
by Michael Flatt
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock Problem - What Should the Arbiter Do?
Replies: 26
Views: 2698

Re: Clock Problem - What Should the Arbiter Do?

The most important information is missing - What did the Arbiter do and did both players accept his decision?

If the equipment is faulty it should be replaced ! The Arbiter should set time remaining on each players clock as his thinks appropriate.

Is that what happened?
by Michael Flatt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4148

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Hertfordshire County Junior Teams are being entered by Hertfordshire Schools Chess Association (HSCA). This year Roger has been of great assistance in promoting the ECF U18 tournament at his club and as a result we are able to field a team in both sections. If at all possible Herts will try and loca...
by Michael Flatt
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11335

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

The point I was trying to make can be summarised as follows: a) Will FIDE processing automatically reject a results file if the date of birth data field is omitted or empty? You would hope that it would only check for date of birth as part of the creation of the record for a new player. Given that ...