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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2983
Views: 123230

Re: The English Language

"Method in madness" is a stock English phrase, apparently from Shakespeare's Hamlet. From a Google search method in (one's) madness. A specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may seem crazy or absurd to another person. Originated in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Though t...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1913

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

The EBU Year end Congress does indeed quote prize money. But it does not say what th entry fee is (or I missed it). Surely it isn't free entry? What s the entry fee? I noticed this Telephones and other electrical devices Please switch off your mobile phone. If you must have it on for emergencies, s...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 round FIDE weekenders?
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: 4 round FIDE weekenders?

the two things which might get me interested again would be avoiding 3 games in one day and avoiding Friday afternoon/night travel A lot of people do this by taking half point byes, either in round 1 if Friday evening play is scheduled or round 3 if Saturday evening. At the recent Kidlington Congre...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

This year we had the novelty of being asked to provide assistance to compile a risk assessment, which involved the captain filling in a form disclosing how he would handle situations such as a player missing a train, or a player dealing with the emotional distress of losing their game. If you reall...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 836

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

With the increment I think it is fair for all moves to be recorded during play. With 30 second increments, that's the usual FIDE rule. 10 or 15 second increments on the other hand are equivalent to the old buzzer or "white to move" tape loop tournaments. The rule which says you don't have to keep s...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12771

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

My guess would be 1970. I think it was in place when Swiss events became large and open. Given that some of them were using random pairings, there would have been a wave of moans when 220 players got pairings against 120 players. As it was the pointlessness of such pairings was made in forums of th...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12771

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger, in the earliest versions of the Clarke system, players could LOSE gradng points even though they won the game. Hence the 40 point cutoff, again which like junior additions was a 1960s development. If the proposed system is copying the FIDE one with a 400 point cutoff, that can also act to ho...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part. It's ECF policy for FIDE rated rapid events, in fact all rapid events, to surcharge the organisers for entrants, including foreign ones, who are not ECF Silver members or higher. All tha...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12771

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

If there is such a creature as a junior who is not improving, their rating will also be given an upward kick. Reasonable tradeoff? It was a long standing hack to the Clarke system from about the 1970s onwards, that junior grade + Something was used in the calculations. "Something" was initially 5 p...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12771

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

but prima facie it looks awfully like a systematic bias. That's the point isn't it? National Elo systems have needed to apply various hacks to the original theory to deal with players who fail Elo's base assumption that "chess strength" was a stable if unknown attribute. The FIDE version has demons...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1913

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

and perhaps we would need them from a broader range of sports. You could add in those "sports" which qualify from a competitive viewpoint if not physical. So that's Bridge, Backgammon, Poker and more recently computer games. I'd imagine Poker is an outlier because the cost of participation for thos...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12771

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

As to what the ECF are proposing to do, I don't think they've decided. If they keep the Clarke method, I'd think a better way of doing monthly grades is to work out what the grade would be if you played no more games until the next six-monthly list. That doesn't appear to be on the table as a potent...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

Mark Ozanne wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:37 am
H would anyone be able to provide any information on the venue for the British Championships that took place in Eastbourne in 1990?
The Winter Gardens as far as I recall. The same venue was used in 1991.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 3388

Re: Division One 2018-19

but can we think of any other country where this would happen in chess?" Many European leagues surely, the German league in particular. It's only during the European team that players have to declare a unique national identity for team purposes. Football players aren't allowed to flip from one leag...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 1942

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

At present the average cost for one player and one accompanying parent is probably not far off £4000, when you factor in all the associated costs. Is there still a requirement for the organisers to offer one free place per Federation? That would increase the price for additional players if the orga...