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by Chris Goodall
Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: Development Officer appointment

John Moore wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Is it me or does Carl Portman's stuff sound a lot like Charlie Storey. By the way, that is not necessarily a criticism.
It's better English, but there is the same note of menace. "My chess CV is bigger than yours, so you'll give me some respect or we can sort it out face to face."
by Chris Goodall
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

I like Angus French. I've now renewed my Bronze membership, so I can say that as one of his constituents. Malcolm Pein's success in extracting money from sponsors (sorry, commercial partners ) seems to correlate directly with his success in extracting money from the ECF treasury. In fact, the spons...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

...Finance Chairman: Now Malcolm, you spent £20,000 on international teams?... Ah, just to say that £45K was spent on sending two five-player teams to the 2018 Olympiad in Baku with £32K of that spent on fees made up of entry fees, travel fees, hotel fees and other fees including appearance fees. S...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: Development Officer appointment

Well, that was a great start. If people want to snipe from the wings I say this. Get in the ring. What are you doing to promote our game? It is so easy to criticise. It takes no skill, and very little effort. There are two kinds of chess organiser. The mystifiers, and the demystifiers. The kind who ...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

If elected I would look forward to working closely with the Board, in particular the Finance Director, building on what I believe is already the good relationship I have with them The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy! Having a good relationship with...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 37
Views: 2147

Re: End of an era

Whenever I feel like flouncing out of a meeting accusing everyone present jointly and severally of corruption, freeloading and mismanagement, I think of Ray Keene and remember that nothing matters, and if it does matter, no-one cares about it anyway, and if anyone does care about it, chess players' ...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

Because I am literally paid per ECF member, The ECF's financing model means it likely gets more revenue from 40 people playing 5 graded games each, than from 100 people playing 2 games. This. Marginal cost has been an alien concept to the ECF ever since NMS days (and I was 20 when NMS happened, so ...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

With an odd number of teams in a single round competition, you want to equalise homes and aways. To reliably achieve this, always assign " bye" to the highest number. Or if there's a team that plays all their matches at a neutral venue, you should give them the highest number, so all the other team...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 124
Views: 15623

Re: The Death of League Chess?

The Northumbria Chess League continues with 30 teams in 3 divisions. The same number as in 1999. Fewer clubs means a more critical mass in each club. And when chess is played mostly by retired people to begin with, the crucial factor is not a steady supply of secondary school players turning into un...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 85
Views: 3396

Re: Council Papers are out

The Board's Report to the AGM says: Appointed a new Development Officer to work with the Board to grow chess at all levels across the country... Does anyone know anything about this, such as who has been appointed and when the appointment was made? There was talk a year or so ago of Tim Wall gettin...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13030

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

It is not that the ECF hasn't considered a (30 result) moving average model, it is that an Elo system (amongst several) is statistically superior (especially for recreational chess). Also you seem to miss two key requirements given to us by the Board: 1. Players should receive a grade (of some reli...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13030

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:17 pm
There would be GDPR (data protection) issues here; my club members agree to their data being shared with the leagues they enter, and the ECF, but not with anyone else
They don't need to share any data. Results of chess games are a matter of public record.
by Chris Goodall
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13030

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Repost: The move to monthly and four-digit grading seems to be proceeding; I wish Brian Valentine and others the best of luck in making both work with minimal inconvenience to graders and organisers. I will press ahead with WikiGrades. I've now checked the 155 "Leagues etc" from the grading list, no...
by Chris Goodall
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13030

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Has someone turned off the internet in Devon? That's... not actually too far from the truth. Results used to be posted on the WECU/DCCA site. Unfortunately, this was Bill Frost's personal project, and when he died, there was no way for anyone to carry on updating it. Um... admins? I didn't write th...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:03 pm
There is an offence of wasting police time, and perhaps there should be one of wasting other posters' time as well
If it becomes unbearable, I will let you know.