There is no option to comment on or oppose the "ECF Competition Rules" supposedly to be introduced from September 2016. It would have been possible to ask the April 2016 Finance meeting to endorse them, but no such motion was put forward.Mike Truran wrote:How exactly does the statement "the ECF is inviting responses from arbiters, players, and other interested parties" suggest to you that "stealth changes are being pushed through"?
Is it a current understanding that events can be graded without the notional presence of an ECF approved arbiter?
On the subject of extraordinary documents, what should be made of this?
http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-conte ... ssors.docx
Attempting to extend parallels between chess arbiters and football/rugby referees, tennis/cricket umpires is fraught with being stupid. A chess event can run without an arbiter being required to make a single decision. Even the CAA pairings are allegedly deterministic, so no judgement is required. If the event is played with increments, Appendix G issues don't arise either. That just leaves arbiters ruling on the correct way to make threefold and fifty move claims, or handling players griping about pairings.