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by MartinCarpenter
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU website down
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: NCCU website down

Sure he's fine. Anyhow, the Lancs - Yorkshire stage matches are nigh on 'friendlies' (hahahahha!), so no one will care too obsessively about strict qualification rules.
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU website down
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: NCCU website down

That open match was much stronger than the past year or two. A bit frightening!
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4057

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

The other claim is that people simply find it fun to see their grade move about on a regular basis, so might play more or something. Baffles me but maybes there's an effect :)
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 679

Re: Grading Database offline?

Very well done to whoever fixed them on a Sunday!
by MartinCarpenter
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 679

Re: Grading Database offline?

The ECF league management system is in a very similar state, so presumably related. Sure it'll be fixed soon :)
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2220

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

The economics of bridge are quite simple: the Professionals are paid to partner/play on teams of 4/6 by private sponsors. Like how say Guildford I think in the 4NCL run, except that in bridge the sponsors tend to insist on playing. (Its much easier to 'hide' one reasonably competent but lower standa...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14830

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Yorkshire chess is very metropolitan! The sheep up in the Dales and the grouse on the NYM don't play much :)
(Its very much Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, York, Hull and the various smaller towns in those areas.).
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2220

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Reg Clucas wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:43 pm
However, it's one sport which above any other epitomizes the concept that it's the taking part that is most important. A good day out on the fells is in itself a prize beyond measure.
Very true indeed :) More very long walking here but very similar reasons!
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2220

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

I think most of the people in stuff like the Marathon des Sables find it fun :) I don't think Jasmin Paris got anything for winning the Spine race in January. (Money that is, she definitely made a few points!). Never really much money in fell running either coming or going. Quite a few newer not qui...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Tables : http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/tables_1819.htm
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Re: Tables : http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/tables_1819.htm

Probably an accident with them instead updating the tables on the results and pairings page? Nice to have them all in one place like that though :)
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 23
Views: 1778

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

WR2 favourites yes, especially now WR1 presumably going to be fairly strong for the final weekends. Shropshire still only marginally so - they're a good team but it won't be easy for them vs various others. Like MM2. Bob was on board 6? Goodness :) Jorvik snuck out with a pair of 3.5-2.5 wins. We ca...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 20
Views: 1564

Re: Game-inputting & replays

Very impressive indeed :)

They even apparently had Div3N up by Sunday morning.
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 65
Views: 4967

Re: Division One 2018-19

3C's not all home grown for a change either mind - and a very solid looking line up as a result. That's definitely been a dangerous weekend for Manx, passed through nicely. The bigger question maybe whether they're going to reinforce even further when it gets really serious. The theoretical ability ...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14830

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Very sensible - I'll add one thing here. It definitely isn't me after perfect grades. I'd be very happy with the original letter style vague things. Trying to micro track local fluctuations worries me a bit more (a lot more conceptually except I don't care much!) than whatever we do to give new star...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14830

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Far better to have more current information influenced by recent play available to see, rather than an out of date version. The idea of out of date information is very dodgy for chess players. What loads of chess players do - and this is fairly trivial to verify - is improve for maybe 5(?) years th...