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by Neill Cooper
Tue May 21, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:15 pm
Neill Cooper wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 pm
I am planning on introducing the following in the Autumn for my Juniors:
I find this ICC type system very practical. My only comment is that the rating interval of 200 points seems very low.
Thanks Nick, good point. What would you suggest would be a better value?
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

I am planning on introducing the following in the Autumn for my Juniors: Every Junior player starts the year with a Junior rating which is the highest out of: 1. The highest of their FIDE ratings 2. Their highest ECF grading converted to a rating (ECF x 7.5 + 700) 3. An online rating of over 700 (ca...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2873

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Control + F is a very useful facility in Google Chrome to find text on a web page.
For instance it finds and highlights the occurrence of 'tie' on this web page.
Probably other browsers have a similar facility, but possibly not phones.
by Neill Cooper
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social Chess?
Replies: 5
Views: 792

Re: Social Chess?

I think Dorset chess might have cracked it: Relaxed Chess You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Monday Kinson Community Centre, Kinson 1.45pm to 5pm Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Ches...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6472

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"The very first line in the ECF statement on the website actually says 'The ECF Board is responding to changes in the expectations of both members and potential members'." So people who are not yet members are asking how quickly they will get a grade? As well as people who are members asking when w...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6472

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

The ECF have ruled out going for continuous grades. Are they mistaken? Annual August grades for eligibility are the bedrock of the grading system. 6 monthly grades have been valuable, particularly for new and improving players. Monthly grades will be much appreciated. Continuous grades are much eas...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6472

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I have pupils at my (Secondary) school asking me every week about their new grades. Some are yet to get their first grade, who get the most frustrated, some have just got their first grade and others are more experienced. Monthly grades will be greatly appreciated by junior players who are used to t...
by Neill Cooper
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Grading Database offline?

Julie Denning wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:08 am
I have also been unable to log into my ECF email account since yesterday, so it does seem that something has gone wrong within the ECF office systems. No doubt Andrew will be on top of it on Monday.
Tuesday. The website says that the ECF office is closed on Monday 18th February.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16073

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The 6 monthly updates apply to longplay, not just rapidplay Sorry, I was unclear in my post (now edited)- I meant it should be trialled in rapidplay. There were 5 years of January rapidplay grades before January long play was introduced. In 2007 to 2011 the January grading list was only rapidplay.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16073

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

My year 7 pupils find it frustrating that having taken up graded chess in September they do not get a grade until January. Those with grades would love to get monthly grading updates. In view of on line ratings for computer games (including chess) being updated after every game they are not used to ...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2834
Views: 303218

Re: Media comments on chess

Friday's Times had a nice article about Alpha Zero and also a leader article. Good seeing chess getting such coverage in the national press.
by Neill Cooper
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43575

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Whatever we ('serious' chess players) think, the final day show down appealed to the media. The BBC enjoyed talking about 'Armageddon', 'Blitz' and the analogy with penalty shoot outs. They even put a video about it on their 'Sport' website - under snooker: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/snooker/463...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 57
Views: 5663

Re: 4NCL International Congress

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:37 am
Wonder if his school gets informed? Can’t imagine they’d be too impressed...
I have informed the school teacher i/c chess who has informed the head teacher. They are not impressed.
by Neill Cooper
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 3634

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

Well Malcolm Pein, Adam Raoof, Nigel Dennis, Mike Truran, Alex Holowczak, Sean Hewitt, Chris Fegan, Sarah Longson, Neil Cooper to name just a few that come to mind - there you have it. I will be forever indebted to Nigel Dennis who in the early 1970s introduced myself and a few other pupils at Maid...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 3634

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

In any event when you consider the number of secondary schools out there 37 is not a huge amount; even if you limited the pool to fee paying and selective. This was 37 schools, 300 juniors (100 of them graded over 120), playing at a single event. There were over 100 schools who entered the National...