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by John Upham
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2439

Re: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?

OK, Here is an excellent recent example from a Golders Green RapidPlay from April 12th : u-100 Pos Player Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts Perf 1 Moussavi, Bobby e142 w28+ b14+ w13+ b10+ w9+ b4+ 6 152 2 Farrell, Joseph B 87 w11+ b4- w14+ b13+ w5+ b6+ 5 116 3 Bedwell, Richard 96 w25+ b10= w18- b28+ w11+ b9+ 4½...
by John Upham
Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6990

Re: ELO vs ECF

FREE is a dirty word! I've spent at least 100 hrs of development time so far and its been running in anger for two years for two different leagues. I'm doing a major rewrite of the underlying code to make it marketable. Not sure if to obfuscate the code yet : hopefully its been written such that won...
by John Upham
Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6990

Re: ELO vs ECF

Via the League Management web application (that I am currently developing) I hope to demonstrate that it is technically feasible to drip feed results from ganes / matches / tournaments / congresses /whatever as soon as they are confirmed by both captains as being correct. After all, the rating offic...
by John Upham
Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6990

Re: ELO vs ECF

Oh dear! a raw nerve has been touched!

"ECF Council decided that the ECF didn't want standard play lists more than once a year."

Maybe the membership does? Who is the customer? Who cares?

Let's continue to stick our heads in the sand.

John
by John Upham
Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6990

Re: ELO vs ECF

I'd suggest: 1. First task would be to deal with the alleged rating deflation and produce a clean set of ratings. 2. Implement the most reliable version of the rating calculator. 3. Ask /tell players who already have an FIDE Elo if the ECF can tandem their existent FIDE Elo into the ECF system. 4. D...
by John Upham
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ELO vs ECF
Replies: 36
Views: 6990

Re: ELO vs ECF

Andrews' views are clearly and eruditely put. I too, find that the ECF is still defying the ( spirit at least ) FIDE Laws of Chess by continuing to rate games decided by adjudication thus : 1.1 The game of chess is played between two opponents who move their pieces alternately on a square board call...
by John Upham
Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2439

UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?

Two years ago in an u-180 County match I played an unrated player. From his board position he was allegedly 130 - 140. His rating next season was 180+. He was not a junior. In general, how do people feel about unrated players playing in rating limited competitions? An oxymoron of some kind seems to ...
by John Upham
Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 240
Views: 40586

Re: Chess on TV

Having watched the various late night poker TV shows, I wonder if late night chess might be of interest? Does late night poker appeal to those who might like to take up poker but haven't yet? Maybe Stewart Rueben could comment authoritatively on this? Provided it was tightly edited and presented (a ...
by John Upham
Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Accredited Coaches
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: ECF Accredited Coaches

Charles, What do you see as the roles and responsibilities of a coach when the coach has a low ECF rating (~100) ? (Obviously, (before I get flame grilled) a coach with a high rating could be useless and vice versa.... :? ) The ECF coaching web site (http://www.ecfcoaching.org.uk/) list coaches whos...
by John Upham
Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Ungraded Tournaments
Replies: 13
Views: 6587

Re: Ungraded Tournaments

At the very least the ECF should update the standardplay ratings every three months. There will be issues to overcome but the rewards will outweigh the pains. There is stark difference between the publicly stated opinions of ECF officials and their personally held ones : an example of this is the no...
by John Upham
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Ungraded Tournaments
Replies: 13
Views: 6587

Re: Ungraded Tournaments

There are various informal rating systems around the country but since the ECF does not work with them they are for amusement value only.

The correct solution is this : ECF adopts FIDE system and updates every three months. Job done. Easier said than done etc etc.

John
by John Upham
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Adjourned games should not be rated?
Replies: 55
Views: 7113

This would not be a problem since when adjournments no longer are rated then players will not be willing to play such games.

I can't imagine half way through a game players will force the game to be adjourned to avoid having it rated.

John
by John Upham
Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Adjourned games should not be rated?
Replies: 55
Views: 7113

Greg,

It's very quaint and charming to have

"Local rules for local people" and also very English! :lol:

However, this problem needs to be dealt with nationally.

I believe it is only a matter of time.
by John Upham
Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Adjourned games should not be rated?
Replies: 55
Views: 7113

Adjourned games should not be rated?

Chris,
What is our Chief Arbiter's opinion on this matter?

John
by John Upham
Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Adjourned games should not be rated?
Replies: 55
Views: 7113

Chris,
What was the case for not rating adjourned games?

Is this in the public domain?

What is the case for not rating adjudicated games?

John