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by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20194

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

Transparency for a few would not make sense, so I agree - and I also report back through our affiliated clubs.
by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20194

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

The absence of direct member reps reinforced the view that direct members don't care. There's no great point to lobbying direct members representatives when they don't show up to the meetings and even if they did, they don't have the votes to influence ECF decisions. Whilst giving a vote to everyon...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players getting stronger with age
Replies: 46
Views: 4889

Re: Players getting stronger with age

Martin and Roger are correct in their observations and Martin is also correct about the long term effects. The average grade of players (excluding category F) has been fairly stable. The highest mean was from that first recalibration at 133.7, the lowest was from the January 2014 list at 131.8, and ...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Easter 14 - 16 April 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 2652

Re: Bolton Easter 14 - 16 April 2017

The Bolton Rapidplay has been graded from 2009-16, I have not checked before that.

Brian Valentine
Manager of ECF Grading
by Brian Valentine
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Easter 14 - 16 April 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 2652

Re: Bolton Easter 14 - 16 April 2017

But game eligibility for grading: 1. Rapidplay Each player must have at least 10 minutes , and less than 60 minutes, for all moves. This includes both the initial time control and any subsequent time controls or quickplay finish. When Fischer (cumulative) mode is used, the time available for each pl...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 28609

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

The second paragraph of the help section of the website sets out the rules on this issue. We have been more rigorous in following this since 2013.
Brian Valentine
Manager of ECF Grading
by Brian Valentine
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Award
Replies: 35
Views: 3025

Re: Award

This throws no light on whether juniors are under-graded at the point the gradings appear (although I suspect they are) but, even if the grades are initially accurate, they will tend to be 10 points too low by the end of the grading half-year. Don't forget that what's published isn't used in future...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 5960

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

Enjoy!
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 6917

Re: Possible Voting Reform

Do we need to consider the rules on proxies?

it does seem that the unfettered right to proxy voting under all the options gives the non participating electorate the opportunity to deliver the same potential problems with the current system.
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 5960

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

The closing date for graders to submit results is today. For various reasons I expect it will take us a bit longer than usual this time. Our service standard is to get grades on line in January and I have every intention of delivering that, but the very earliest date is over the weekend of 28/29 Jan...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 6702

Re: Universal Rating System

We know through the Kaggle competition that there are many methods that could perform better than Elo. Didn't some of the entrants to that competition exploit the feature that much of the data would have been taken from seeded Swiss competitions? Thus their models were starting with partial knowled...
by Brian Valentine
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 6702

Re: Universal Rating System

It is a rather disappointing launch. We know through the Kaggle competition that there are many methods that could perform better than Elo. Although the developers are recognised as leaders in this field, normally a group of academics would publish alongside a paper to allow scrutiny by peers. On th...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 6702

Re: Universal Rating System

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIxvccHI0K8

Might be a false trial, but perhaps a clue
by Brian Valentine
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32165

Re: EU referendum aftermath

The deflationary situation in Japan is no big deal. GDP change per capita in Japan is not unreasonable. However the Japan situation does exhibit the usual case - it takes a long time to get out of an embedded deflation, whereas there are relatively quick (albeit usually nasty) ways of controlling in...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board minutes
Replies: 253
Views: 32069

Re: Board minutes

MartinCarpenter wrote:....and only Hull that I can think of who are West of York.
I really must revise my geographical orientation.