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by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 29, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6188

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

I am a volunteer, but volunteers can still get reimbursement. By "paid commensurately" I meant in the context similar to the amount of money I receive for doing similar work for other events. I wasn't exactly talking Barbados retirement money... Oh dear - check this with HMRC. It is legit...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 29, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Bolton Team Jamboree Sat 27 May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Bolton Team Jamboree Sat 27 May 2017

Mick Norris wrote:The only downside with 9 teams was that 1 team got a bye each round


Why?

Hutton/Jamboree pairings can cope with an odd number of teams.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6188

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Yes, I'm very happy to take entries to Scarborough if paid commensurately with the amount of work involved. Thank you Alex. But didn't you claim there was little work involved? I'm quite happy, from my own pocket, to pay you 10 times the amount that the volunteers I named are getting. I'll even all...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6188

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

I don't find it to be a "nightmare". Excellent. Can I let Andrew and Maggie Butterworth know that you are willing to take the entries for the Scarborough Congress? I can assure you that from talking to the people who collect the entries for the Northumberland and Scarborough Congresses th...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6188

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

Chess Scotland raises a large part of its revenue from game fees with relatively few problems. The problem with the old ECF system was its complexity with various exemptions and variable fees dependent on status, etc. Rather than decluttering this the ECF went for compulsory membership. In Scotland ...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 25, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 782

Re: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017

Wasn't this mentioned by Malcolm at the end of the ECF Council Meeting.

The Northumberland Congress altered its dates to avoid a clash.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 15, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League fixtures meeting
Replies: 26
Views: 1191

Re: League fixtures meeting

The Glasgow League has for decades had a club/captains meeting to finalise dates for matches. Teams would turn up and be given a provisional fixtures list (now posted pre-meeting on the internet). If the dates did not suit then these would be altered. The reasons for changing dates include premises ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat May 13, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stale Chess (variant idea)
Replies: 37
Views: 1546

Re: Stale Chess (variant idea)

as far as I know, 3/1/0 has never been used in a Swiss The Glenrothes Congress used this method for a considerable number of years though pairing was done on the traditional scoring method. Marymass tried this system for one year pairing on the points scored but found that for a weekend congress wi...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 04, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2016-17
Replies: 79
Views: 4680

Re: Division Two 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:Manx 2 would be very welcome in Div 3N


From a conversation I had at the weekend, I am not expecting a Manx 2 to enter next season. There is a good chance that the two Irish teams will enter again.

A NE 2 or Alba 2 are only slight possibilities.
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 04, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players under 2050 in Opens
Replies: 59
Views: 2945

Re: Players under 2050 in Opens

Using (W-We) is an admission that the pairing scheme is unduly influenced by the exact sequence in the ranking of players in the middle and to the tail of tournaments. Or it can take account of the player who is having a good tournament and as a result meets very strong players in the later rounds ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17373

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

MartinCarpenter wrote:Presume Alex & co will avoid doing that.


We certainly hope to avoid it. :D

Round 10 draw was (re)done to avoid that scenario.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17373

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Gonzaga can go to 18. They can get 4 points tomorrow if they score sufficient points in the second half of their two triangular matches. That would take them to 16 with potentially another 2 points on Monday. The normal triangular matches aggregate the match score over 2 days. The exception will be ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17373

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

The default was not real.

The correct pairing was published about 5 minutes later once the substitute had a FIN. Default was put in with both teams aware of the situation rather than the withdrawn player being named (a blank was not possible with the software).
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Durham Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Durham Congress

Durham Congress I've just been told that there has been a problem with the proposed new venue for the Durham Congress which means that it is no longer available. The event will instead be held at the previous venue in Houghton le Spring on the intended dates. The organisers wish to apologise for any...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Durham Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Durham Congress

Durham Congress I've just been told that there has been a problem with the proposed new venue for the Durham Congress which means that it is no longer available. The event will instead be held at the previous venue in Houghton le Spring on the intended dates. The organisers wish to apologise for any...

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