Search found 83 matches

by Howard Grist
Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 11609

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

Has any work been done to say make the hypothetical changes back in 2003 and then run them against the actual results to see if they give a "better" outcome than the actuals? The calculation of the new grades is being done on results from 2002-2006. Looking at the results for 2007, the new grades g...
by Howard Grist
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73678

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

Do we use the existing BCF to FIDE formulas, or will this need tweaking? This will change to something like FIDE = 7 x ECF + 800. Theoretically we ought to be able to go back to the 'traditional' formula of FIDE = 8 x ECF + 600, but we won't be able to as the FIDE system has a similar problem to th...
by Howard Grist
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73678

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

Could anyone quickly summarize for me what the new grading rules will be? The new grading rules are the same as the old ones. There are likely to be some changes to the junior enhancements though. Also on a personal level, I have been tracking my grade this year on the old formula. It should increa...
by Howard Grist
Fri May 02, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24573

Re: Resignation Rumours

I think we need an EGM! You need to give at least two weeks notice of an EGM. Bearing in mind the requirements to secure a venue and list candidates for the various directors' positions, this means the earliest a meeting could be held is 24th May - which would leave only a week before the existing ...
by Howard Grist
Fri May 02, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 24573

Re: Resignation Rumours

A meeting report from Richard which (to be honest...) doesn't make matters clearer http://sccu.ndo.co.uk/bcf.htm I attended the meeting and I'm not sure how Richard could make it clearer. The item on Membership Issues was a very unfocused discussion, in which, not surprisingly, a large number of pe...
by Howard Grist
Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2371

Re: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?

Mick, The ECF grading database that I am referring to is the one which has the results of every graded game in the country for the last five years, along with master lists going to 1994. This contains some 100,000 names. You can't download it anywhere and very few people have access to it at all (I ...
by Howard Grist
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2371

Re: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?

Mick, I would ask the player how strong he thought he was. Whilst playing the first round, I would look him up on the ECF master list, FIDE rating list and ECF grading database which I just so happen to have on my laptop. If this information suggests that he should not be in the section that he is c...
by Howard Grist
Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2371

Re: UnRated Players in Rated Competitions?

I don't believe that there is currently a big problem with players being unrated. Almost all congress entrants have either played afew games and have a published grade on the ECF system at siome time or other, or have a FIDE rating. The player that John originally complains about - if I have identif...
by Howard Grist
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Obtaining the first non-zero grade
Replies: 3
Views: 1804

In the absence of any analysis, the enhancement to rapidplay grades is calculated as you describe. This issue will be looked at, and no duobt some new rules formulated, for the July list.
by Howard Grist
Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Obtaining the first non-zero grade
Replies: 3
Views: 1804

Normally all his games would be counted as he has played less than 30 games. However, if a player's initial event performances are below zero, these are ignored when calculating his grade.

Howard Grist
ECF Grading Programmer
by Howard Grist
Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE rated tournaments in a weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

Gavin, There's no reason why not, but two points to bear in mind are:- 1) You must allow a minimum of two hours per player per game if any player in the event is rated 2200 or over. 2) A game is only rated for a player if his opponent is rated. If you are an unrated player, you must play at least th...
by Howard Grist
Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33996

No. You will have to wait until July 23rd (or thereabouts)
by Howard Grist
Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33996

There is no definitive date as yet, but I expect it will be available on July 23rd.
by Howard Grist
Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73678

Robert, May I ask if you think that in order to be accepted the proposed grading system would need a small modification (as for example say omitting Step 4) or you rather think that there is no justification for accepting the new system? Thanks. I believe there is no justification for accepting your...
by Howard Grist
Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73678

Robert, I am responsible for the ECF central grading program which perfroms the grading calculations. Rule CGS: For a win you score your opponent's grade plus 50; for a draw, your opponent's grade; and for a loss, your opponent's grade minus 50. Note that, if your opponent's grade differs from yours...