Updated 12 March 2020
Ungraded and cleared to play 2020-19
Requests for ungraded players to become team members should be sent to the Controller with a copy to the webmaster before the match is played. Please make your new player aware that this information appears on the MCCU website.
Advice to captains about ungraded players is below the list of ungraded players approved for play in the MCCU grade-limited county team competitions.
Please note that some estimated grades will be altered in line with the January 2020 ECF list and those grades will apply from a week after their publication on the ECF website. New January 2020 grades are indicated by †.
ADVICE REGARDING UNGRADED PLAYERS
This advice is also available as downloadable pdf file.
The MCCU rules on ungraded players require the captain to be clear that an ungraded player is of a strength that does not exceed the upper limit for the section concerned. In addition such players must be cleared with the controller before they play, except in exceptional circumstances. In effect this means both that the captain must be satisfied of the playing strength of the player and that they are able to satisfy the controller that this view is sound.
Any estimated grade allocated by the Union County Championship Controller is only applicable to MCCU County Championship competitions. Teams that reach the ECF national stages must seek permission from the National County Championship Controller to play any ungraded player in accordance with ECF Rules. Grades allocated by the MCCU will not carry forward into the ECF national stages.
It is incumbent on a captain to provide all relevant information to the controller. Simply asking for Joe Bloggs to be cleared will not suffice. The following are some of the questions that a captain should be able to answer
Using the ECF grading database
The information now available includes actual results, even for those players who do not have a published grade because they have played too few games. Captains should check the database, or get someone with internet access to do this for them if they don't have access themselves. The ECF grading database can be accessed from the main website englishchess.org.uk Click on the heading ECF database, when the page has opened scroll down and enter name in the name box, also click on the box next to it to include ungraded players. A list of all matching entries will be displayed. Please bear in mind that a player may not appear under the exact name or spelling you know them by e.g. Jack Holmes may have the proper name John Holmes, or Tony Clark may be Charles A Clarke. Click on the grading reference for any entries that could relate to the person concerned, you can then either click on the standard games tab, or scroll down the page, any grading list that has some games for the player will show "view". If you click on "view" details of the games will be displayed. Please give the controller the grading reference from the database when asking for clearance.
In the absence of a published grade the indications of any factual information available have to take precedence. That a player may be considered to have had a fluke result that may have distorted matters cannot be taken into account; this can happen to any player, and lead to someone with a published grading being say a point over the limit for a section.
There will be cases, particularly in the lower sections, where in desperation a captain will look to play someone who has little chess history. In such cases tell the controller what little is available.
It is for the captain to provide the controller with information, not for the controller to go hunting for it.
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