The live broadcasting of games and commentary is becoming an essential feature of all major chess events.David Clayton wrote:I know it’s been a day or so since this thread discussed the on-line presentation of the event, but this is my considered opinion.
The IT problems associated with the British are not of those individual's failings, it is cultural issue within the organisation of the ECF.
The British Championship is a Chess event with IT slotted into it. Other successful major chess events are IT events that run chess tournaments.
Established organisations find it difficult to adapt to new ideas, implement new inventions and adopt new working practices, the ECF perhaps more so as it relies on volunteers who are able to offer significant periods of their time. Unfortunately, employed people who have their skill sets constantly updated through their work environment find it difficult to commit to lengthy spells away from their employment, which is a commitment for long tournaments.
I am confident however, that eventually, the British Chess Championships will be a successful IT event because the newer organisers, and those of us who understand this, are pushing for the implementation of what is seen as best practice from other successful chess tournaments.
Unfortunately, the coverage of the British Championships is rather mixed; when it works it is marvellous, but when it goes wrong it is dire.
David Clayton's comments (taken from thread following the British Championships, round by round) provides hope for the future.
For some time the post of IT manager has been unfilled and it is is not clear who within the ECF is providing leadership and support on these matters. Perhaps, there is a need for a technology working party to provide support on IT and allied technology.
I am sure that there are sufficient people available that have suitable skills if only there was some way their expertise could be called upon. In planning future events perhaps whoever is leading the event could make an appeal for volunteers with specific skills to assist with the use of technology.