Search found 64 matches

by Malcolm Peacock
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Zugzwang is Brexit
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Zugzwang is Brexit

Down the club the other night someone in zugzwang suggested that after Brexit we will need to replace some of these European chess words we have. And it occurred to be that the way the negotiations are going Brexit is a good replacement for Zugzwang. Black to move, black Ke8, white pawn d6, white Ke...
by Malcolm Peacock
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Preston Chess Congress - Novmber 24-26th
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Preston Chess Congress - Novmber 24-26th

30th Preston Chess Congress. New venue. FIDE rated open:

http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/congress
by Malcolm Peacock
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF LMS
Replies: 12
Views: 1905

Re: ECF LMS

If anyone is interested in a demo of the ECF LMS at the British in Llandudno or wants to ask anything about it let me know and I will try and find a computer there.
by Malcolm Peacock
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: General Facility for congress online entry
Replies: 0
Views: 503

General Facility for congress online entry

I have been developing a general chess congress on-line entry facility for congress organisers. It has been used successfully for several FIDE or ECF rated congresses in England/Scotland. I am wondering if any other congress organiser is interested in using it for their congress ? The organiser need...
by Malcolm Peacock
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 29th Preston Chess Congress results
Replies: 2
Views: 795

29th Preston Chess Congress results

Computer pairings this year, so all on chess results:

http://chess-results.com/tnr250394.aspx ... d=5&wi=821
by Malcolm Peacock
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 17063

Re: The plans for the Grading System

To what extent can existing League Management systems automatically generate files in the required format? My LMS generates the spreadsheet form of the grading file for leagues and club championships. A separate file is needed for standard and rapidplay events. Also logically a separate file for ea...
by Malcolm Peacock
Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 17063

Re: The plans for the Grading System

What software do the local graders use now? Some of them use an old Windows program called League where you define player lists, teams and fixtures and then enter the match results to generate an ECF grading file. Some manually enter the XL spreadsheet format. Some use their own spreadsheets / macr...
by Malcolm Peacock
Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 17063

Re: The plans for the Grading System

1. Doesn't it address a *different* objective to the one which the Home Director perceives needs to be addressed? As I understand it, the Home Director is concerned not with enhancing existing systems but with providing something for leagues which either don't have an existing system or which have ...
by Malcolm Peacock
Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 17063

Re: The plans for the Grading System

I made the suggestion of using the API route some 3-4 years ago. At that time it fell on deaf ears. I am pleased that Malcolm P. has made a similar (in principle) suggestion. The email states: Alex proposed that the ECF should provide League Management Software as a free service to member organisat...
by Malcolm Peacock
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 17063

Re: The plans for the Grading System

It's now up on the main ECF site. http://www.englishchess.org.uk/league-management-system-tender-for-software-development I have to admit I did not read the full tender document, but I thought of a slightly different approach to the problem. The current proposal has an ECF owned event management sy...
by Malcolm Peacock
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 28th Preston Chess Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 785

28th Preston Chess Congress

There was an 8 way tie for first place in the open section of Preston Chess Congress

Full Results here
http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/node/2537
by Malcolm Peacock
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 28th Preston Chess Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 772

28th Preston Chess Congress

The 28th Preston Chess Congress takes place November 27th to 29th.

http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/congress
by Malcolm Peacock
Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Public liability insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: Public liability insurance

For the first time I am being asked for Public Liability Insurance by the venue ( a university ) for Preston Chess congress. Probably someone in the bureaucracy ticking a box. They haven't specified what level they require ( I'm am reluctant to ask ). I know that the ECF have a policy that costs £10...
by Malcolm Peacock
Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A thought about a tournament organization utility
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: A thought about a tournament organization utility

One of the things I've noticed while trying to find players for the Jessie Gilbert International is that there seems to be no systematic way of doing so. You can advertise on forums and Facebook and other such stuff, but it's a bit hit-and-miss. What I'm thinking is this: how about a site where peo...