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by Brian Valentine
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading website
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Re: Grading website

We have been alerted to this issue and are looking into it. It should be sorted in time for the August update.

Brian Valentine
Manager of ECF Grading
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5251

Re: July 2019 grades......

From page 1 of the Grader's Guide: "Reporting a league in two halves is technically straightforward. You send a half-finished result file at the halfyear, then the same file again in its final form - with all the season’s results in - when the league is complete. Both files must have the same Event ...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2183

Re: Semi finals 2019

Nothing is in stone yet, but our current planning assumes that an August 2020 "3 digit list" will be published for those requiring an August list for the 2020-1 season. This will gives leagues a season to see how monthly grades are working in practice, before commiting to changes (for 2021-2). Brian...
by Brian Valentine
Tue May 21, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 11
Views: 1704

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

Nick, Your formula is correct and I agree with your proposed change.
by Brian Valentine
Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 11
Views: 1704

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

You have calibrated the system so that the expected score per game is (difference in ratings)/200 + .5. The Elo system is calibrated to about (difference in ratings)/k + .5, where k is somewhere between 700 and 800 depending where you sit on the FIDE/ECF conversion debate. I'd suggest that your "20"...
by Brian Valentine
Mon May 20, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hampstead Congress ALL FIDE RATED from August 2019?
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Hampstead Congress ALL FIDE RATED from August 2019?

At the moment I am considering (for August 2019 onwards) FIDE rating the third section at Hampstead, this will probably be Under 1700 (and you would also have to be Under ECF 135). What do you think? As in the other sections, all players will ideally be ECF Gold members or pay a £10 supplement to t...
by Brian Valentine
Tue May 14, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 13031

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Having reflected overnight I am not going to write at further length. I think my point has been made and I stand by it. What most forum regulars will not have seen is a message Angus French sent to the graders mailing list (where all replies then bounce backwards and forwards to all recipients) abo...
by Brian Valentine
Thu May 02, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 13031

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

I'm not suggesting that the ECF starts paying volunteers. It's more a matter of determining what bronze members get in value. So are you suggesting that if the ECF's membership scheme were abandoned tomorrow, the volunteers would all down tools? I'm not trying to be argumentative, just wondering wh...
by Brian Valentine
Wed May 01, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 13031

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

My main criticism of the table produced at Council and repeated here is that the membership get substantial benefit from all the voluntary work put in. Surely it washes through with the advantage that there's no VAT. Thus add to Expenditure "Cost of grading" add to Income "Value of Unpaid work on g...
by Brian Valentine
Wed May 01, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 13031

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

But I swallowed at least some of the `grassroots players are being taxed to pay for international chess` argument that was not entirely dissimilar to the `leaving the EU will free up 350 billion for the NHS` claim ... and now has as much credibility. The ECF's principle source of finance is levies ...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 6014

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Hi David,

I was there to applaud his achievement! I'm sure at the least, photographs will appear in due course. I suspect that the criteria for board 5 awards included something lower than seven games.
by Brian Valentine
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 6014

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:08 pm
That's an amazing result for the 65+ team

Board prizes - silver for Keith, gold for John Emms, gold for Tony Stebbings, bronze for Ian Snape
And bronze for Brian Hewson
by Brian Valentine
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 2689

Re: English Seniors 2019

I suppose there's a good reason to get the old 'uns champions settled in very early for the 2019-20 season.
by Brian Valentine
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 2012

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

You need to be careful with the treatment of F-grades. Your percentages give the perception of solid growth whereas most of the average (21-19=) 2%pa growth is explained by giving F category players a grade in 2015. Category F is also the source of many leavers. I doubt if any of this alters your an...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 2012

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

I haven't done an age analysis like Angus', but I would add a word of warning. When looking at grades from longer periods there are a surprising number of "rentries". These players leave the list in one period only to reenter after a period. Over the period 2009-19 (using only July lists) over 3500 ...