|Posted by ian on April 3, 2021 at 10:15 AM|
In the light of experience so far, in addition to the MCF Online League Rules already circulated, the following advice, approved by the President, is offered.
In recent matches some players have experienced difficulties with opponents not being online at 7.30. This has led to some players having to wait around for half an hour until the official default time of 8 pm. In a few cases it has resulted in a default.
To try to reduce future problems in this regard, the following is suggested as good practice:
Captains should remind their players a few days before a match.
Any player who has proved forgetful should be reminded on the day of the match, by text, email or app, as appropriate.
The captain of each team (or, if he is playing in the match, an appointed deputy) should start checking from 7.25 onwards on the match night whether their team are all online.
Any player not online by 7.35 should immediately be chased up.
Similarly, if it is noticed that an opposing player is not online by 7.40 the opposing captain should be contacted.
2. The second game in a match
Captains are asked to inform their players that a break of no more than ten minutes between games is permissible, at the request of either player.
3. Entering results.
The captain of the winning team should enter the results within 24 hours, but there is nothing to prevent the losing team’s captain from taking the initiative and entering the results.
No matter which captain reports the results, the other captain should always check and confirm.
Tip: before starting to enter results, always check first to see whether the other captain has already entered them! If you’re lucky, this will be the case and all you have to do is to check the data and confirm (or query).
Tip: Please do not add match comments! There is a glitch in the software, such that it has been known to crash following someone entering a comment including an apostrophe. This has been known for some time but has not yet been resolved, so for the time being it is best not to add a match comment.
Phil Adams, Fixtures Secretary, Manchester Chess Federation,