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by Roger Lancaster
Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

Roger, you're right in saying that the original dispute centred around whether an illegal move had been played. But my understanding is that the floor arbiter's finding was not, strictly speaking, that "no such illegal move was made" but rather that it was impossible to determine (these were rapidpl...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

No-one disagrees that, for a non-FIDE-rated event such as the one under discussion, the ECF had the power to relax or even change FIDE rules. The ECF set its own rules and the 2014 programme contained the following section, which presumably forms one of the "internal regulations" referred to: "Appea...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

As to Roger's reference to "... no matter how many tantrums are thrown by the players or their parents ...", I assume his reference to parents is less likely to refer to Canterbury than to Aberystwyth. I am frankly curious - verging on incredulous - as to how an experienced arbiter such as KS acted ...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

There are two issues here which consequently tend to get confused. The first is the intervention of a third party to overrule the appointed arbiting team and furthermore to do so (in the opinion of RTRC amongst others) incorrectly, a double error in judgment. The second is the merits and demerits, i...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Standards of Conduct for ECF Officials
Replies: 91
Views: 8921

Re: Standards of Conduct for ECF Officials

I'm as confused as Justin but Mike's denial seems to leave just two possibilities - the contents of the email, in part or whole, were either (a) read out aloud and then sent despite protests or (b) read out aloud after the email had been sent. The latter seems to me more likely but that's guesswork.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The ECF's Articles of Association
Replies: 9
Views: 1034

Re: The ECF's Articles of Association

Michael, you're clearly right as regards your first sentence and you may well be right as regards the second. There's an interesting case of Smith v Butler [2012] EWCA Civ 314, where a managing director decided he had an implied power to suspend the chairman (although the fact it was the chairman se...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The ECF's Articles of Association
Replies: 9
Views: 1034

Re: The ECF's Articles of Association

Michael, assuming you're thinking what I think you're thinking then these Articles only relate to whether someone is or isn't a director and not to whether, after someone has been elected to be a director, s/he can be suspended in which case s/he remains in office as a director, albeit suspended.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

I agree Michael's view is possible, and the minutes were evidently not written by a native English speaker, but I have the same difficulty as Justin. Incidentally, the game was (was, no typo!) graded by the ECF.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

Quite so, the rules of the specific event said nothing of the kind. So where did the Arbiters Commission get that information from?
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

Justin - rapidplay games therefore no requirement to record moves. To be fair to the ECF, and that's not a phrase I find myself using too often these days, they improved this year at Warwick with the introduction of electronic boards.
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

Kevin, I mentioned that I had "persuasive representations" from senior arbiters. I'll just mention the hypothetical scenario of a game in progress where A is clearly much better but B has decent drawing chances. A spectator comes along, perhaps after too long in the local pub, and helpfully points o...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

Justin, the ECF response can be found at http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/page/7/ (this was another casualty of the need to keep my initial email within manageable lengths) and there's also a blow-by-blow account of the whole affair at the club website http://watfordchessclub.org/index.php/compone...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 12145

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective

David, I omitted the full text of the Arbiters' Commission minutes only through a desire not to make my original post even longer than it was - but it was helpful of you to include it. And, for the avoidance of doubt, I will make it clear here that I certainly did not have you in mind when I wondere...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Standards of Conduct for ECF Officials
Replies: 91
Views: 8921

Re: Standards of Conduct for ECF Officials

I've no problem per se with someone being an animal rights activist, although I'd like to believe he or she stayed on the right side of the law. What concerned me was any possible involvement in a disciplinary case by someone whose record in that field was - and I'll put it no more strongly because ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 1 1/2 points per game
Replies: 71
Views: 10931

Re: 1 1/2 points per game

For later developments, please see separate thread, "ECF arbiting at Aberyswyth - FIDE perspective".