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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Rebranding
Replies: 25
Views: 1618

Re: Rebranding

Nick Grey wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:57 pm
When will the shirts, hoodies, caps and branded vacuum mugs go on sale?
Bad news - Michael Farthing is in charge of the shirts. :shock:
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 14851

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I also think it's worth pointing out that this is not a problem that is likely to be 'solved' in the near future. For numbers to start to level out we'd need a change in the way society views boys/girls as well as chess (this is changing - slowly). This of course doesn't mean that we shouldn't try,...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 105
Views: 5474

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Dvorkovich's ticket is nominated by 13 Federations, Nigel's by 6 and Makro's by... 64. Makes my efforts getting 39 a few years ago for DoHC look rather tame. When your time comes, as suggested near the foot of the page at https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=9738, I am sure that you will...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1022

Re: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?

(This begs the Pub Quiz question - do the Republic of France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands share a land border?) Yes, they do; Saint Martin and Sint Maarten are part of the French Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and share the same island. There's a related question, which is what ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1022

Re: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?

Coming from a Federation (PNG) that can be considered a 'rotten borough', reforming the voting system has always been a topic of interest for me. But before I make some suggestions it is not clear exactly what problem is being fixed. Is it simply the 'wrong' side winning elections? or is it regular...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 105
Views: 5474

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Angus French wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:01 pm
Dvorkovich's ticket is nominated by 13 Federations, Nigel's by 6 and Makro's by... 64.
Makes my efforts getting 39 a few years ago for DoHC look rather tame.
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1022

Re: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?

What about 1 vote per 1000 (standard) rated players, or part thereof?
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Alex, if we lose to Colombia I will hold you personally responsible :lol: Both Martinez and Southgate will have had people whose job it is to tell them this sort of thing. Their main role tonight was to avoid a repeat of the Thailand-Indonesia game in the 1998 AFF Cup, where both teams tried to los...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

So, in short - go on Belgium. :P I have no doubt at all that England's manager does not want his team to lose. If I'm wrong, then Cahill will get a telling off at half-time. The manager has already done his bit by picking Gary Cahill in the first place, as well as the rest of the non-1st teamers he...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Last eight world cups have been won by teams that topped their group in the group stage. Let's look at those groups, in turn, with their start of tournament Elo ranking: 1986 - Argentina (12), Italy (9), Bulgaria (17), South Korea (44) 1990 - West Germany (2), Yugoslavia (12), Colombia (18), United...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Taking the World Cup analogy both England and Belgium are fielding their 2nd XI. Trying the swiss gambit to get an easier set of opponents to win the whole tournament. Yes, I've done some numbers on this too, and (pleasingly) they seem to agree with 538 in principle. In short, it's better to lose t...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

What happens if you include the European Championship as well as the World Cup? Euro 2016 – L16 – Lost to Iceland Euro 2012 – QF – lost to Italy (penalties) Euro 2004 – QF – lost to Portugal (penalties) Euro 1996 – QF – beat Spain (penalties); SF - lost to Germany (penalties) (Euro 1972 – lost a 2 ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:59 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:57 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:30 pm
I looked up every England knockout game they've ever played
I'm sure I remember something happening in 1966.
Oh, bugger. I only looked up the years they lost knockout matches. :oops:

Will revise it!
Edit - now done that, and fortunately it doesn't actually change the point materially.
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 3627

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:57 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:30 pm
I looked up every England knockout game they've ever played
I'm sure I remember something happening in 1966.
Oh, bugger. I only looked up the years they lost knockout matches. :oops:

Will revise it!
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2164

Re: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018

Well, I freely admit to knowing FA about how norms work, picking up bits in here as I go along. So I thought 5/9 did the business, assuming 2400 is secured along the way. Hence I assume your "three rounds to go" must mean that, losing them, the Elo could drop below 2400. But that aside, and everyth...