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by Brian Valentine
Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Quickplay finishes
Replies: 40
Views: 4952

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: 4952

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: 4952

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: 21255

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: 10585

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: 14650

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...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32975

Re: EU referendum aftermath

This one was not an open goal; Cameron hit the last shot of the match. Cameron waited till Corbyn had asked his allotted questions and so Corbyn had no opportunity to reply to this one.
by Brian Valentine
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Calculating new grades for previously graded players
Replies: 15
Views: 2972

Re: Calculating new grades for previously graded players

Agreed. Thanks from me too, Brian. Much appreciated. Er, I'm now confused by the statement quoted in Chris's original post: " Players not meeting any of the above requirements are ungraded. A player loses his grade if inactive for two consecutive 6-month grading periods. Old grades are not restored...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Calculating new grades for previously graded players
Replies: 15
Views: 2972

Re: Calculating new grades for previously graded players

Can anyone clarify how new grades are calculated for players who previously had a grade? Does it depend at all on the previous grade, or are the calculations done from scratch? It is based on results from the last three years From: http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?file=help& "Players not m...
by Brian Valentine
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.
Replies: 142
Views: 8908

Re: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.

The ECF competition rules can be found on the ECF website under the grading tab. You will see that they are only effective on 1st September. For years the games qualified by conforming to " the FIDE laws of chess". However Council recently confirmed it was happy with at least one deviation -adjudica...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2016 Council meeting
Replies: 468
Views: 23919

Re: April 2016 Council meeting

I felt that the Transparency motion would, if passed, have given huge impetus to the OMOV lobby. Members would be able to see how represented (or not) they were. The motion failed because Council overran. Any discussion on OMOV could not be discussed directly because it was not on the agenda, bangin...
by Brian Valentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April 2016 Council meeting
Replies: 468
Views: 23919

Re: April 2016 Council meeting

My hearing of the argument was that the £100K reserve was planned to be built up over 3 years and was argued to be ahead of schedule. Hence there was room for raiding the reserves insofar as they were ahead of target. The PIF was left untouched. Since the budget indicated the increased strain in the...
by Brian Valentine
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Maths/Stats Question
Replies: 106
Views: 10495

Re: Maths/Stats Question

Jonathan, I am going to expand a bit on both Jack’s and Nick’s points. My first point is to ask whether you have set up the question correctly. Its unusual to need to ratio probabilities and a proper solution needs to take into account the downsides of getting the estimates wrong. Then there is what...
by Brian Valentine
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 22195

Re: The plans for the Grading System

We now know that cost and Council can decide if the LMS project is worthwhile, either in its own right or as part of the monthly lists project. If so, then we will discuss with the supplier a final specification and firm up on a timetable. There were several new good ideas in the tenders and we wil...
by Brian Valentine
Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The plans for the Grading System
Replies: 261
Views: 22195

Re: The plans for the Grading System

Neill, We don’t know if the grading system will change. The whole project is difficult to manage, but when it was set up it was decided that the first thing to do was to see what the costs would be. LMS is the main enabler to simplify grading submission. We now know that cost and Council can decide ...