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by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2394

Re: Development Officer appointment

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Generally I am very pleased that the ECF have managed to get funding from the chess trust for a Development Officer
I think there is your answer.
He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Oh no! It looks like I've caught the aphorism bug from Carl!
by Brian Towers
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Don't Understand Grading Calculation

Last season we had a foreign student join our club with a FIDE rating that equated to about 115. Playing quick games against him we decided that he was probably a bit stronger than that and placed him in our teams based on our estimates. At the end of the season his results were 8 wins against oppon...
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4042

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 Brian Towers
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5498

Re: British Championship Congress 2020 - Sections

Michael Farthing wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:42 am
It's one reason I don't like ny DoB being paraded about - I might get associated with them.
Presumably you keep a very ugly picture in your attic to foil attempts at guessing.
by Brian Towers
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 15132

Re: Arbitration question

I am asking for the Fide ruling Others may be better informed, but I do not believe this is specifically a breach of any FIDE regulation. There are several reasons why you might not wish arbiters to use their phones while working. Which do you have in mind? There is a FIDE regulation, 12.8 Unless a...
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3074
Views: 335461

Re: Media comments on chess

Titania McGrath on Twitter:
Thank you @Hasbro for MS MONOPOLY. Woman need this kind of head start in order to help them to feel empowered.

Now we just need MS CHESS, where the Queen lounges about at the back of the board while the King runs around doing all the hard work for a change.
by Brian Towers
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1970

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

John McKenna wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:04 am
Reminds me of -
Even if parallel lines do meet and I see it myself, I shall see it and say that they’ve met, but still I won’t accept it.
(The Brothers Karamazov)
Depends on the geometry.
Parallel lines on a sphere do meet. Twice.
by Brian Towers
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3320

Re: Handshakes

If either player has been coughing or sneezing into their hand throughout the game I think not shaking hands is reasonable.
by Brian Towers
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1526

Re: Preferences for a weekender

Paul McKeown wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:52 pm
I would be obliged if players could give me their preferences for a proposed new weekender tournament.
This is meaningless without time controls. Rating restrictions might also be relevant.
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

Re: Northumbria Masters

Yes amazing performance by Armaan Gogia http://chess-results.com/tnr463482.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=ENG&snr=53 Were it not for taking a half point bye in the first round he would be on track for an IM norm. I think it might still be theoretically possible but would involve exceeding the norm requiremen...
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2074

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

How about using the format of that Excel file as one of the acceptable tournament report formats? I thought Swiss Manager had already been customised to produce an ECF compatible grading file output. That presumes the organiser had been bothered enough to ensure the ECF grading codes were present. ...
by Brian Towers
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2074

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Hence there is still time to get your ideas on the table. Brian Valentine Manager ECF Grading In which case I'd like to put forward an idea. Recently a new grader took over in the North East. For the previous occupant I used to send an Excel file derived from Swiss Manager (which I used for pairing...
by Brian Towers
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Player in their first FIDE rated tournament scores 0.5/5 with Rp=1387 but no rating. Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Player in their first FIDE rated tournament scores 0.5/5 with Rp=1387 but no rating. Why?

According to the latest FIDE rating regulations : 6.3 In a Swiss or Team Tournament: 6.31 For an unrated player’s first performance to count, he must score at least 1/2 point. ... 7.14 A rating for a player new to the list shall be published only if it meets the following criteria: 7.14a If based on...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13422

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Or a player with a dedicated digital camera. ... Didn't disturb anybody, didn't break any rules. That might have been within the rules a few years ago when only "electronic means of communication" were banned, but I don't see how it would be legal now with all "electronic devices" banned unless the...
by Brian Towers
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13422

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Presumably players who had finished their games :? Or a player with a dedicated digital camera. At my previous club there was one strong player (~2200) from another club who used to play in our FIDE tournaments who used to do just that and who, part way through a round, would take a few pictures fo...