The ECF Player of the Year will be elected by the members using the procedure announced in February and outlined again here …
ECF Player of the Year Award
Any system giving all ECF members the opportunity to elect the player of the year must have both advantages and disadvantages. After discussion with the Awards Committee and some members of the ECF, we have decided to adopt the two stage system outlined here for this award in 2017.
Stage 1 – all ECF members will be invited to nominate up to five different players whom they feel should be on the short list for the final selection. Each nomination will receive one vote. The votes will be totalled and, when this is done, a short list of about six names will be drawn up. The Awards Committee reserves the right to add names to this list in the event of any obvious omissions.
This stage will run until the 14th May. The full results of this stage will not be published as they may skew the results of Stage 2.
Stage 2 – the short list of nominations will be published in alphabetical order, giving a brief summary of each player’s main achievements during the season.
ECF members will then be invited to vote for three of these players in order of preference. First preferences get 5 points, second preferences 3 points and third preferences 1 point. The player with most points becomes our Player of the Year.
This short list is to be published before the end of May, and voting to be completed by June 21st.
Members are therefore now invited to submit five nominations each for Stage 1 of this process via the online form at https://britchess.wufoo.eu/forms/ecf-player-of-the-year-2017-ballot-1/ OR by post to the ECF office [Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0YD] as soon as possible, to reach them by the deadline of 14th May 2017.
— Paul Bielby (Chairman, ECF Awards Committee)