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by Brian Valentine
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 12279

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

I don't know how pertinent it is to the bye in question, but Gibraltar has been gridlocked all day. Travel is very difficult. This morning it was scaffolding collapsing into a roadway, which may or may not be fixed, but the main bus route was affected. However this pm there has been a rockfall on th...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Average of all graded players in the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 2016

Re: Average of all graded players in the UK

As resident ECF grading stats geek, I rise to the challenging examination paper set by Adam. I do this reluctantly because the grading system is fragile, although the numbers appear robust. So, to keep the caveats short, I’ll point out that 12.5% 0f the January List of categorised players were not i...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 4488

Re: To grade or not to grade

The situation is thus. The grader should seek advice from higher authority. If the organiser/arbiter/league committee are satisfied that a game has been played under ECF tournament rules, then they can instruct the grader to submit the result for grading. It will then be graded. The "organisers" sho...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July Grades
Replies: 60
Views: 10624

Re: july grades

I think Martin is on the right track, but what he states is difficult to test. Since the correction the average grade of categories A-E has been fairly stable. In 2009 it was 133.7 and in the July list it comes out at 132.8. The average for F grades is somewhat lower. The proportion of players rated...
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF LMS
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Re: ECF LMS

Nick,
Follow the link in Carl's original post above.
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF LMS
Replies: 12
Views: 2298

Re: ECF LMS

Michael, You will continue to be able to submit your results without using the LMS. In due course the method for doing this will change to one with direct uploads.This will not occur till we have got the LMS to do that facet of the process. When we have a better idea of timescales, I will write to a...
by Brian Valentine
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20563

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

Move forward & forget about decisions in past or any suggested motives. The organisations represented on the ECF Council can have their own private agendas of self interest. An obvious one is opposition to the ECF's attempt to abolish adjudication by deeming it to be outside the scope of grading. T...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 20563

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: 20563

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: 4927

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: 2677

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: 2677

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: 29442

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: 3109

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: 6081

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

Enjoy!