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by Brian Valentine
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 6976

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: 5983

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: 6854

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: 6854

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: 6854

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: 32655

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: 32258

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.
by Brian Valentine
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Abolish Game Fee!
Replies: 56
Views: 5548

Re: Abolish Game Fee!

I'm glad that players are warming to the idea and coming up with alternative ideas too. I don't know how much it might cost the ECF in lost revenue, but I remain dubious of the £14k figure previously quoted. To recap, the proposal was to eliminate those annoying bills from the ECF to league officia...
by Brian Valentine
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Abolish Game Fee!
Replies: 56
Views: 5548

Re: Abolish Game Fee!

These give-aways sound a nice idea, but has to be in context. Council agreed to budget a dip into reserves for this year and game fees are budgeted to bring in £14K this year.

How would you pay for the idea?
by Brian Valentine
Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Quickplay finishes
Replies: 40
Views: 4813

Re: Quickplay finishes

In a few days time the ECF competition rules become effective Is anyone intending to enforce these? In other words the ECF declines to grade games because of a supposed infraction. I can't believe the ECF is going to be demanding to see copies of every events rules, but what would it do if it recei...
by Brian Valentine
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Quickplay finishes
Replies: 40
Views: 4813

Re: Quickplay finishes

In a few days time the ECF competition rules become effective: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading/ecf-competition-rules/ 5a) The ECF encourages organisers to use incremental time-controls wherever possible. 5b) Most other time-controls involve the use of a time period where the number of moves ...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Quickplay finishes
Replies: 40
Views: 4813

Re: Quickplay finishes

In a few days time the ECF competition rules become effective: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading/ecf-competition-rules/ . Leagues should have considered the advice given there for variations in FIDE rules and incorporated something appropriate. In which case these situations should not arise?! ...
by Brian Valentine
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2016 Round by Round
Replies: 356
Views: 21217

Re: British 2016 Round by Round

Is the 4 point upfloat in the Major Open a record?
by Brian Valentine
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: England Olympiad teams announcement
Replies: 110
Views: 10478

Re: England Olympiad teams announcement

NickFaulks wrote:So, if the first time control is 90 minutes, why should I not be allowed to arrive 89 minutes late?
Mainly because if you have the bad manners to not turn up, it stops your opponent unnecessarily kicking their heels.
by Brian Valentine
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grading List
Replies: 81
Views: 14394

Re: New Grading List

I'm not sure that the small group responsible have that big an advantage! The earliest it will be published is Friday. However something usually emerges as we plod through our checks so I have no reason to contradict Richard's estimate. If members prefer we could delay publication while we co-ordina...