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by Alex Holowczak
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

1. Any conversion has to take into account non FIDE alternatives, e.g Welsh or Scottish Elo. Or, we need alternative formulas for them. 2. It is not clear that all organisers want the safety margin on the side of FIDE as opposed to on the side of ECF I'm not sure I want a "safety margin", as such. ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1460

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Sorry, Kevin. Alex hasn't explained it, at least not fully. Why womens', u-21, u-18, 50+ and sundry other rating prizes, but no 65+ prize, although this is a major FIDE senior age classification, in which continental and world championships are held annually? I think I have. We never had a 50+ priz...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Part of the impetus behind the decision was an attempt to address sandbagging by a minority of players. Part of the problem in being able to accurately address this issue is the disconnect between the two rating systems, that leaves a gap for a narrow band of players to fall down. The issue with th...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2018-19
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: Hastings 2018-19

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:36 pm
The time control for events other than the Maters is indeed all moves in 100mins with 10 sec increments.
Do you mean that, or do you mean G/110 + 10'? I noted the Weekend Open was FIDE-rated, so it would be unusual not to have a 4-hour session.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Why not simply let such players choose which of their two ratings they themselves wish to use? That would be equivalent to a rule saying that the organiser will use the lowest rating, wouldn't it? Yes!!! You've got the idea. (a) The individual cares massively if he/she perceives an injustice becaus...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Why not simply let such players choose which of their two ratings they themselves wish to use? That would be equivalent to a rule saying that the organiser will use the lowest rating, wouldn't it? Arguably though, players with ECF grades above 175 shouldn't be allowed in the second section of weeke...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

A better solution all round would be to have an Elo system that had an equivalence to the FIDE Elos, so you don't need a conversion formula at all. But you'd still have players with an ECF Elo rating and a FIDE Elo rating that were different (even in the event that the average of the two ratings ac...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

A better solution all round would be to have an Elo system that had an equivalence to the FIDE Elos, so you don't need a conversion formula at all. So the national grades would be just as broken as the international ones? Great idea. Certain people in England seem to think they're broken, but this ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour St Louis Rapid & Blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 1046

Re: Grand Chess Tour St Louis Rapid & Blitz

If there is a tie for one or more of the first four places, playoffs will be held. In my opinion, it would have been better and simpler to have a countback system in the event of a tie on GCT points. They use that in a number of sports where there are a series of events that earn points towards an ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 32
Views: 1387

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

It's clear that the ECF --> FIDE conversion formula is broken. I originally changed the formula from ECF * 8 + 600 to ECF * 7.5 + 700 a few years ago when it was part of my Directorship. Lots of theorists explained I must be wrong, because the way the Maths works guarantees that it should be * 8 + ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Sinquefield Cup

1900 in the UK is fine. 2000 in Europe is perhaps not so good. Perhaps, although I wonder if continental Europeans are increasingly used to that. I'm thinking of Champions League football matches which would hitherto start at 20:45 in Europe (and maybe even later in Eastern Europe), and will start ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Play starts each day at 1900 London time, except that Thursday 23rd August is a rest day. One of the big plusses for me, as a viewer, has been the 1900 UK start time. I didn't watch any of Paris and Leuven because I was out and doing things. However, I was able to watch the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz,...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress 17-19 August
Replies: 11
Views: 1199

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 17-19 August

147 entries as at yesterday Open 35 including an IM from Stoke :shock: Looked him up on the FIDE site and a few inconsistencies with what's on the chess results info although whether it matters or not I don't know. IM Nikolay Milchev (ie not Nikolai) FIN: 2906090 Elo: 2417 and he is listed under th...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Venues
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Re: Venues

I've turned up to my club venue for a match only to see the venue boarded up.

If the question is about "the difficulty in finding a suitable venue", you need to first define what a suitable venue is. I think I would only describe a maximum of 10% of club venues that I've ever been to as "suitable".
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 20038

Re: Director of Women's Chess

John McKenna > Why is it that since the Polgar experiment no female player has got anywhere near the top of the FIDE rating list? As said before, it is the simple weight of numbers. Roughly speaking, one active player of FIDE rated games in ten is female. The top female is #88 on the top player lis...