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by Martyn Harris
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Replacement for National Club
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: Replacement for National Club

Using the five criteria from my previous post, what competitions can we design? One obvious solution is a limited grade 4NCL clone for teams of four. However I suspect that this would involve more work for the ECF than they would wish to undertake, and a greater commitment for entrants than some wou...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Replacement for National Club
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Replacement for National Club

The 4NCL is generally regarded as a successful innovation. What lessons can be learnt from the differences between it and the National Club (NC) that we could use when drawing up a replacement to the latter? Teams entering the 4NCL get to play throughout the competition, the opposite to the knock-ou...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board Meeting, Birmingham 13th March 2010
Replies: 137
Views: 5911

Re: ECF Board Meeting, Birmingham 13th March 2010

Much of what has appeared in this thread reproduces well worn arguments no doubt reproduced in AGMs up and down the country. Does the inter-counties exist to find champion counties, with the playing of chess being a by-product of this search, or does it exist to provide playing opportunities, with t...
by Martyn Harris
Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: MCCU U160
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

Re: MCCU U160

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by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scheduling of league fixtures
Replies: 1
Views: 470

Re: Scheduling of league fixtures

I have spent a happy hour or so this morning wearing my league controller hat dealing with correspondence from one of the local clubs whose team are in a two horse race for the league. The club was concerned that there was a week long gap between the final fixtures of the respective teams, and wond...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone penalties.
Replies: 77
Views: 9913

Re: Mobile phone penalties.

If there is an arbiter present let them decide the appropriate punishment, depending on their view of the likelihood of cheating being involved and the degree of disturbance created. Martyn, I agreed with your sentiments, but do you want arbiters to use their own set of value-judgements when excerc...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Local Law Variants
Replies: 70
Views: 4012

Re: Local Law Variants

Returning to square one: Given the other conversation(s) about which rules allow flexibility or not, should the ECF come up with a list of law variations that affiliated Leagues and Congresses can adopt, and still count for grading? Many associations are quite open about their willingness to introdu...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phone penalties.
Replies: 77
Views: 9913

Re: Mobile phone penalties.

On the aspect of cheating, I'd prefer, as with most laws in national legislation, that mandating away the possibility of cheating by imposing restriction on everyone's freedom is less appropriate than applying punishment to offenders. Hear Hear. Don't get involved in an arms race with cheats, gener...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 11404

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

There's history to this. There's a perception that experienced but weak players had a preference for adjudication because it meant that they didn't have to play endings. Indeed if adjudication was at move 30 and theory stretched to move 18, then they only had to survive for 12 moves to claim a draw...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 11404

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

I have been following this thread with equal amounts of interest and frustration, the latter because of the emphasis on the legally allowable rather than the sensible and because of the diversions about chess ability and activity. First I have to admit that I do not know John Paines from Adam, but t...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73630

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

Brian Valentine quoted: "Chess rating systems have many practical uses. For pairing purposes in tournaments, a tournament director should have some idea which players are considered the most likely candidates to win the tournament so the director can effectively avoid pairing them against each other...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships
Replies: 45
Views: 3938

Re: County Championships

A summary of last year's entries for the inter-counties can be found at http://mjh.orpheusweb.co.uk/nulcc/downs/counties.pdf in which I have taken the liberty of including Sean's rough and ready figures of the sizes of each county's selection pool. Those for Hunts have been added to Cambridgeshire's...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New 'New junior grades'
Replies: 32
Views: 5515

Re: New 'New junior grades'

Hi all Never posted to one of these forum thingies before, so please be gentle with me if I go over old ground, am overly pedantic or just plain wrong. It seems to me that there is a fundamental tension in any grading system between what a grade is and what it is used for. A grade is a backward look...