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by Roger de Coverly
Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 10865

Re: New Grades

The point of grading is to rank players and determine relative playing strength. Agreed. Are the "new" grades doing this though? The junior adjustments seem to be factoring in improvements which haven't happened yet. If I've understood the process correctly, parallel grades have been calculated for...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 10865

Re: New Grades

How anyone can then say that the new grading calculations are rubbish based on looking at less than 1% (and in some cases less than 0.1%) of these results is beyond me. I don't think the critics are looking at results, they are looking at outcomes. The absolute level of a grade can be anything you ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 10865

Re: New Grades

You ask if there is any way to 'check' your New grade. As mentioned in the explantory text, New grades have been calculated going back to 2006 and these figures could be published. My grade has gone up by 8 points. I'd like to know where the extra points came from. Empirical checks on some of my lo...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 10865

Re: New Grades

A preadjustment difference of 30 points (and 24 postadjustment) between the most and least active categories I think confirms the assertion that stronger players tend to play more. I think your statistic just shows that active players have higher ratings. Not a total surprise since you need to reta...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: Online Grading Database
Topic: New Grades
Replies: 38
Views: 10865

Re: New Grades

the fact that the better players play more often. I've seen this stated before. This was in the context of trying to overturn the argument that it shouldn't matter if a 170 player scored 168 against 160's because he would score 172 against 180s. Could the terms "better" and "often" therefore be def...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4139

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

and a pity that more of our top guns don`t participate in the British. English top 10 July 2008 from http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=ENG # Name Title Fed Rating G B-Year 1 Adams, Michael g ENG 2735 20 1971 2 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2655 25 1965 3 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2596 5 1984 4 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dresden Olympiad
Replies: 17
Views: 2486

Re: Dresden Olympiad

It's now only 5 boards so finance and availability permitting, I would expect the likely team to be :-

Adams
Short
Howell
Jones
Conquest
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Staunton Memorial 2008
Replies: 44
Views: 4566

Re: Staunton Memorial 2008

2. The inclusion of Bob Wade may be seen as a mistake, but I understand that he was very keen to play. I suspect that the organisers, because of the date clash, were probably left with a late junior cancellation and needed someone to stop the bye. Bob's participation was announced back in February ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Staunton Memorial 2008
Replies: 44
Views: 4566

Re: Staunton Memorial 2008

in any way related to the steveg who criticises the delay in production of the bulletin for the British Championship on page 1
cannot be related at all. :)

The page 1 steveg reckons
There is no reason why a complete PGN should not be available within 30 minutes of the last game finishing.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Staunton Memorial 2008
Replies: 44
Views: 4566

Re: Staunton Memorial 2008

In the second part, he describes how it's under threat from Termites! The organisers do seem very sensitive to potentially helpful suggestions - The main one from this thread is that 3g data cards can compensate for lack of wired or wireless internet at the venue or the hotel. The normal cost seems...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4139

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

I found both the 2007 and 2008 regulations and the rule has changed from three to one year's residence. Why? The rule change certainly benefited Felix Y - on a 3 year qualification he wouldn't yet be eligible. I can't see why anyone should reasonably expect to play in something calling itself the B...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: British Championships
Replies: 26
Views: 6609

Re: British Championships

I'd be grateful if the stonger players who visit this forum could explain why White played Bh1 rather than submit to the exchange of white-squared bishops? Is there anything more to it apart from a possibly unnatural attachment to the bishop? It's a normal sort of idea in those positions to preserv...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 9952

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

Thanks for the pointer. One bit of this confuses me: ECF Guidance wrote: Suggestions for the Players 3) If you play for a win, you risk losing unless your opponent could not possibly checkmate you. So this saying that if one claims a draw under 10.2, one should not continue playing for a win? Or is...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2008
Replies: 58
Views: 4704

Re: British Championship 2008

AFAIK the current qualifying system is a shambles. I can remember people touring the country in the 90s to qualify; who does so now? The current system isn't really any different from fifteen years or even twenty five years ago - the only real change seems to be that more events are qualifiers and ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2008
Replies: 58
Views: 4704

Re: British Championship 2008

I'm not sure how much it would help, but certainly I think we should restrict the British to GMs, IMs, WGMs, a few leading juniors and anyone over 2350. However, it's important IMO that anyone can qualify, so let's go back to having a proper qualification system. A maximum of ten weekenders spread ...