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Chess for Schools


A description of the CoM. A small demonstration. Questions ... Flagship offering from ECF. A sponsor would be welcome! ( p2) The English Chess Federation, 2009 ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Chess for Schools

Chess for Schools
  • The Certificate of Merit (CoM)
  • Dr. John Upham
  • (ECF IT Committee)

Presentation Itinerary
  • A description of the CoM
  • A small demonstration
  • Questions (hopefully!) Answers

  • Who is in the team creating it?
  • What is CoM?
  • How does it operate?
  • Timetable for delivery
  • Demonstration
  • Feedback Questions Answers
  • Note p1 Phase One delivery, p2 Phase Two

The CoM Team
  • IM Andrew Martin (Manager of Coaching)
  • Ken Coates (Content Manager)
  • Dr. John Upham (Application Author)
  • All three CoM Administrators

What is the CoM?
  • An on-line examination system for chess
  • A supplement to the excellent paper-based CoE
  • Available 24 x 7 x 365!
  • Unlimited number of users totally scalable
  • Global reach and audience (p2)
  • Potential huge revenue earner
  • Flagship offering from ECF
  • A sponsor would be welcome! (p2)

Who are the users?
  • Individuals from the UK (p1)
  • Individuals from anywhere (p2)
  • Umbrella Organisations (UOs) that are UK based
    (p1) e.g. schools, ECF CoEs
  • Umbrella Organisations world-wide (p2)
  • CoM Administrators (suggest three)
  • Admin The DataBase Manager (DPA registered?)
  • Admin The Content Manager
  • Admin ECF Office (certificates, pens etc)

CoM Levels
  • Practise (free, technical chess)
  • Bronze (credit required)
  • Silver (credit required)
  • Gold (credit required)
  • Platinum (credit required, p2 delivery)
  • Fun (free, trivial, non-technical chess)

The CoM Process overview
  • Student registers on CoM site or
  • Student is registered by UO
  • Student purchases at least one credit or
  • UO allocates credit to student (ECF / CoM Shop)
  • Student takes test
  • Test result is evaluated
  • Student is informed of result
  • Certificate (etc?) is dispatched to student
  • Student may then take next level test or
  • Retake same level test
  • Can start with any level (suggest Bronze)

CoM Registration student
  • Student visits http//
  • Selects Register from menu
  • Enters name, email address etc.
  • Chooses preferred language (p2)
  • States Date of Birth (important for question
  • Can (optionally) manage personal profile
    including picture etc.
  • Submits details and password
  • Receives confirmation details

CoM Registration UOs
  • UOs register themselves or by Administrators
    vetting required
  • UOs may then register their own students
  • UOs manage their own students plan and history
  • UOs allocate credits to students
  • UOs inform students to take test

The CoM Test Process
  • Student logs in
  • Purchases (or is allocated) credit via CoM / ECF
    Shop using PayPal, credit card etc using standard
  • Test fee is TBA by CoM Team maybe mirror CoE
  • Selects level (suggest Practise Level
  • Question and five possible answers presented
  • Selects chosen answer and clicks Submit
  • Next question and answers presented (another
    nineteen? times)
  • Informed that test has been completed
  • Administrators (and UO if appropriate) also
    informed (by email)
  • Student Informed by email of outcome 24 hours
    later (introduces impression of human
  • Pass Certificate and score sent
  • Fail score sent with suggestions from study
    areas for further work

Test Audit Trail
  • (Assume Student has credit)
  • Student logs in
  • Student ID, IP address browser ID logged
  • Test ID (unique) and level logged plus start time
  • Questions chosen and logged
  • Answers selected logged plus elapsed time for
    each answer
  • Finish time logged
  • Score evaluated and logged
  • Number of credits reduced by one

Questions and Answers
  • Questions chosen (currently twenty) randomly from
    pool (of around 150)
  • Questions chosen according to criteria for level
    (incl. age of student)
  • Q A set presented in random order
  • Each test presents a unique q a set
  • Answers (five) presented in random order per
  • Measures reduce the chances of cheating
  • Re-test creates new question set
  • Minimises risk of coached answers (if it became
    known questions were similar each time)
  • A monkey would score around 20

Question material
  • Questions generated from ECF CoM DVD (produced by
    IM Andrew Martin ChessBase GmbH)
  • Plus, additional appropriate sources
  • Textual type questions
  • Image type questions
  • Position diagram type questions
  • Emphasis on understanding of chess rather than a
    memory test
  • Problem solving is key
  • Chess ability will be rewarded
  • Pass mark decided following live trialing with
    children and adults (but will be high!)

Delivery Timetable
  • April / May 2009 Finalisation of content and
  • June 2009 Integration with ECF Shop and testing
    of credit functions and UO admin
  • July 2009 Informal UAT phase
  • August 2009 Formal UAT phase with local
  • September 2009 sign-off and Go Live!
  • October 2009 Marketing and promotion

Boring bit Technologies
  • Web application (URL is TBA)
  • User needs Internet connection plus http client
    such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or
    even Internet Explorer!
  • Server side Apache, Ajax / PHP, MySQL
  • Client side HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML
  • ISP to be industry leader (Zen Internet)
  • Database incrementally backed-up and restorable

  • Enjoy!

Questions Answers
  • Please Ask!

Thank You!
  • Thanks for your patience!