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by John Hodgson
Mon May 04, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 17
Views: 1196

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

I've pointed out to the county that told me about it (today) that the online version is going to be run by chess.com. Of course the 4NCL is using lichess (as is a mini-league in Essex), and this event is going to use chess.com. For simplicity it would have been good to have had a single platform, b...
by John Hodgson
Mon May 04, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 23751

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Possibly this has been raised elsewhere, but I wondered about this. "Internet chess provider anti-cheating software will be in place, with provider sanctions and rights of appeal (if any) as set out in the provider’s terms and conditions; in the event that a player is banned by the provider any appe...
by John Hodgson
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 3126

Re: New grading conversions

Each ungraded player will be deemed to have drawn with an 1850 graded opponent as an extra result on initial grading. I'll take Brian's word for it that this works well for junior players new to the grading system, but what about (very) strong foreign players who enter the ECF grading system when t...
by John Hodgson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3507
Views: 384629

Tinder and ELO Ratings

[It is suggested that] "users are given a 'desirability' rating that determines where they appear in the list of suitors that flashes up on users’ smartphones, with someone judged by Tinder’s algorithms to be highly desirable getting in before someone who is not. "Tinder admitted last week that it u...
by John Hodgson
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 5592

Re: Steve Berry

I also share the condolences expressed above. As my memory of Steve goes back longer than some I will briefly mention a few years in the 1970s (but I do not know the period before that). I first played Steve in Birmingham in the 1970s. At that time he was working for B.H.Wood at the 'Chess' magazine...
by John Hodgson
Wed May 28, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3507
Views: 384629

Re: Media comments on chess

The plight of the LibDems was compared to zugzwang today by Sharon Bowles ex-MEP. Whatever move the LibDems play makes their position worse, she said (I was quite impressed by her knowledge). However, in true zugzwang you only lose if you have to make a move. But the LibDems lose even if they stand ...
by John Hodgson
Wed May 14, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League Mega Clash
Replies: 44
Views: 4116

Re: London League Mega Clash

I think that if I ran a London league club with a reasonably strong team that had grown 'organically' and then found we were always only aiming for second place each year I'd get bored, however often I got to play a GM. It may be boring to be competing for second or third place every year, but the ...
by John Hodgson
Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Board Orders
Replies: 58
Views: 4972

Re: Board Orders

And that (or the other way around) is and always been a vastly superior method to all normal rational people Enlighten an irrational grasshopper then, why is it 'vastly superior'? In a league match with even boards and no board-order tie break I don't really see the advantage. It may make opening p...
by John Hodgson
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question about pairing rules for title norm tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 1269

Re: A question about pairing rules for title norm tournament

LawrenceCooper wrote:Entries on the increase, so you should be okay.
Yes. I'm surprised that more players don't enter this tournament. I play every year, and have always found it friendly and well-run.
by John Hodgson
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidentally displacing a piece
Replies: 145
Views: 8824

Re: Accidentally displacing a piece

Giulio, other people's sob stories are boring, and yours is showing all the classic signs as to why this is the case. And - in the realms of mere emotion - I find your whole post tedious too. Why? Because the discussion has thrown up uncertainty about the rules, and the uncertainty is still there. ...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16805

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

That, I think, is to do with the change in the calculation method brought in along with 6 month grading lists, confusingly at the same time as the regrading exercise. They now stop counting back when they get to 30 whereas previously they used all of your previous years results, weighted. That intr...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LONDON LEAGUE
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: LONDON LEAGUE

The AGM did vote to change the adjournment rules, as explained above. However, the new rules around nominations and board order are not as described. The AGM voted to make the board order discretion 15 grading points, and the team nomination discretion 10 grading points. I have confirmed this with t...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2013 Final Stage
Replies: 425
Views: 35607

Re: 2013 Final Stage

Jonathan Rogers wrote:I should think the heat did affect the quality of play in the Open and Minor sections. Very hard to see a publishable game from the top ten boards from the Open.
I think you will just have to publish your own win then, notwithstanding the heat it was played under.
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2013 Final Stage
Replies: 425
Views: 35607

Re: 2013 Final Stage

A much nicer venue, in general, so well done, although if it is used again I would like to assure the organisers that the Open and Minor teams are not too proud to slum it with the hoi polloi in the air-conditioned main room... :shock: In many ways the venue was very good. The problem was that the ...
by John Hodgson
Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Story
Replies: 107
Views: 17338

Re: My Story

In Britain there IS NO PLACE FOR FEMALE PLAYERS WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR PLACE and stick to a lowly status - success and endeavour is kicked in the teeth when women and young people attempt something new and fresh - the old boy network doesn't care for it. Nor in Australian politics. I'm still fuming ...