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by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 18937

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

London is one pocket where it still happens, but most of the rest of the country moved on. In fact, increments are increasingly used. But you shouldn't confuse London's position on this issue with that of the rest of England. And one shouldn't confuse slowly ever shrinking dinosaurs such as the Lon...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 18937

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. This m...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 18937

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:38 pm
But obviously whatever is planned will be explained in exquisite detail by ECF in advance and discussed at the appropriate meeting.
Satisfyingly mordant.
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 18937

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I always thought it a pity that UKCC has traditionally refused to send games for ECF grading. I hope the new management will come on board. Richmond Juniors grades all games in its UKCC qualifiers, Last Chance Saloons and Megafinals from U9 up. At considerable cost to Richmond Juniors, it must be s...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 18937

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The old ECF League program works fine for me, but it means I'm having to maintain a Windows XP computer running just for grading, and this has caused me some problems Julie, you can ask Windows 10 to run a program as if it were running in a Windows XP environment. See the following page for some ad...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CAA Minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: CAA Minutes

Richard Bates wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:32 pm
Quickplay finish laws being abolished from 2021? 😲
Yes, that was announced some time ago. It really is time for players and organisers in England to move with the times!
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CAA Minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: CAA Minutes

At first I feared that the breach of personal relations between committee members played out by email was being brought here. I am glad to see that is not the case. I congratulate Alan Atkinson on taking on the role of Secretary.
by Paul McKeown
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior oddity
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: London Junior oddity

The girl in question played in the Richmond Blitz on 22 December, scoring 7/11 in an Open tournament, finishing 12th out of 64, after tie-break, an improvement on her expected result given her then FIDE blitz rating of 1613. Her score group consisted of 2 players rated 2000+, 1 of 1900+, 3 of 1800+,...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Alternatives to Filezilla
Replies: 25
Views: 4086

Re: Alternatives to Filezilla

Depends how you install it. Use their default installer and miss the checkbox, then you're in a world of woe.

I use WinSCP, which does the job cleanly, no fuss.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Alternatives to Filezilla
Replies: 25
Views: 4086

Re: Alternatives to Filezilla

Amazed to find that Filezilla, 11 years later, are still foisting browser hijacks, crapware, adware and malware via their product installer. Some poor sap asked me to rescue his PC, having downloaded this parasite. No good option but to nuke the PC installation. 15 years and 47 pages of complaints o...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 4418

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Nonsense. There are only certain sources of law in chess. The CAA is not such an authority, although based on this farce, it can certainly be relied on not to mess things up, unlike the ECF.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5657

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

You think that is bad? There is a lawyer and crown court recorder who can be depended on to be worse than that during most London League matches.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 4418

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

That is true, Michael, and is a potential get out of goal card for an arbiter, where the organisation he or she is working for has been caught out by this. Another get out of goal card is the expectation of general sporting conduct, respect for the game and its officials, and the wish to play chess ...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 4418

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Roger, in the absence of anything sensible to contribute, your silence might be to general advantage.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 48
Views: 4418

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Yes, I expect arbiters irrespective of their origins or residence to uphold the Laws.