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by Brian Valentine
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 825
Views: 37586

Re: 4NCL Online

I'm sure this topic must have been worked to death elsewhere but, when I've managed an OTB 4NCL team, it has almost always been the case that the conversions resulting from the {7.5 x ECF} + 700 formula result, at any rate for those below ELO2000, in higher [sometimes significantly higher] figures ...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 825
Views: 37586

Re: 4NCL Online

I'm sure this topic must have been worked to death elsewhere but, when I've managed an OTB 4NCL team, it has almost always been the case that the conversions resulting from the {7.5 x ECF} + 700 formula result, at any rate for those below ELO2000, in higher [sometimes significantly higher] figures ...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online
Replies: 43
Views: 3315

Re: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online

Email despatched this afternoon: "Dear League / County chess colleagues I am writing to let you know about the ECF's package to support the move to online chess given current circumstances. As you may be aware the ECF currently provides online clubs on lichess and Chess.com for ECF members looking t...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Final standings in abandoned leagues
Replies: 41
Views: 2980

Re: Final standings in abandoned leagues

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:13 pm
Here's some unreliable tables
My fading memory as an occasional match supporter of my next door neighbour's team was that the team (in the Reading Combination) ended up playing nearly every day in April to complete their fixtures. But that's probably more unreliable than your source.
by Brian Valentine
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online
Replies: 43
Views: 3315

Re: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online

This facility is, or will be very soon, in place. It is/will be available for teams who are all ECF members. While I understand there is nothing to stop matches taking place, we are still settling any special playing rules and how to handle standard play grading (internet results will not be intermi...
by Brian Valentine
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 4566

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Without wishing to spoil anything, keep an eye out for the England Women as well. Sheila Jackson's finales in the last two round have made pleasant watching!
by Brian Valentine
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 3481

Re: January Grades are out

The February update of the January list is now on the website. I have gone through this thread and we have addressed all the issues raised. Please can graders get in touch with Matt Carr if we have partially dealt with anything or something else is not right.

Brian Valentine
Manager of ECF grading
by Brian Valentine
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When Will The February Grades Come Out?
Replies: 6
Views: 1420

Re: When Will The February Grades Come Out?

There will be 4-digit grades for February based on Initial 4-digit grades converted from the January list (results to the end of December) updated for January results. At present we do not have the capability to do these calculations, indeed we are not quite ready to encourage graders to send in mon...
by Brian Valentine
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 55
Views: 5845

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

But then you have to go back to Birmingham to watch the football club!
by Brian Valentine
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 3481

Re: January Grades are out

There is a problem for some players that we have now identified. I'm not sure how widespread it is and therefore how much work is involved in fixing it, but I will be talking to Matt Carr when he's got back from Gibraltar. The players affected have a few 2018 results included in the latest list - so...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 3481

Re: January Grades are out

Yes they are. They are out later than we would like, but some of the delay is about trying out things for monthly grading. Hence the delay is not necessarily an indication of the new system. For the first time the rapid list is longer than the standard play version although the result count is about...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: New grading conversions

There are a few points I can comment on. On this issue Ian was first: Each ungraded player will be deemed to have drawn with an 1850 graded opponent as an extra result on initial grading. I'll take Brian's word for it that this works well for junior players new to the grading system, but what about ...
by Brian Valentine
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8103

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

We Brits can do better than that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Rhodes
by Brian Valentine
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Hastings grading year
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Hastings grading year

Matt Carr, the Grading Administrator, is on site and can advise if approached. While the wording is as quoted by Ian, our recent approach has been to split the grading period at Hastings depending on the date of completion of the event within the congress. Where players have grades, the January list...