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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 13039

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

The idea is that we scrap the entry structure for the Open (leave the graded sections as they are because there is clearly still enough interest for voluntary entries) and hold some sort of tournament into which all of the county champions' (clubs) from the previous year can be invited. What do peo...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 13039

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

The number of players in 3a and above in 1968 at 48 was exactly the same as in 1953, which suggests to me a continuing deflation and spread as I can’t believe in 15 years and about 4 editions of MCO later the standard and numbers of top players should stay the same The actual 1968 list is at page...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 13039

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

Wasn't the BCF system introduced in 1958, before FIDE adopted the Elo system? Early fifties, I believe. At around the same time, the USCF moved its domestic rating system from Harkness to Elo. West Germany had a system called Ingo in this period. FIDE more or less copied the USCF methods (since Pro...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 13039

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

As there is an ECF Board meeting on Saturday the 16th of January to coincide with the 4NCL weekend, is there any topic that Forum readers would like raised? The Board might wish to consider whether the practice of treating junior players as ungraded is either desirable or sensible. In the longer te...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Deceased Clubs
Replies: 6
Views: 2696

Re: Deceased Clubs

It would be good to define precisely what Stewart did introduce - my feeling is that Stewart's actual innovation was to start running weekenders on non-bank holiday weekends (i.e. fitting the games into Friday-Sunday, without recourse to a Bank Holiday Monday). "What does the team think?" I think h...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Game Management software....
Replies: 3
Views: 703

Re: Game Management software....

I want to be able to make personal comments about the game or a move specifically, without that comment appearing in the notation pane. I would like another pane with my comments relating to the move shown when move is shown. The free version of ChessBase 9 Light does not allow any games to be crea...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Expats
Replies: 32
Views: 4629

Re: Expats

The RD, or K-factor equivalent, can make the system quite volatile, especially for players who have had a break from chess. Glicko systems make the arrogant assumption that the only chess you ever play is measured by its system. A little reflection suggests this is complete rubbish when applied in ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 398
Views: 21697

Re: Hastings

Congratulations to forumite Roger De Coverly on his victory over Petr Marusenko. Is that Roger's first win against an IM? I beat Kolbus also at Hastings a few years ago, but he wasn't yet an IM at the time. There are a number of others I've beaten before they had titles. The first IM was David Cumm...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: World Youth Trials 2010
Replies: 226
Views: 17811

Re: World Youth Trials 2010

I won’t argue with the 1988 grading list. It was before my time. I agree it said this, and I don’t know what it was playing at. All right, I have some kind of idea. I don’t think it made much sense, and I am not the 1988 list’s keeper. Back then, if you played a junior and won, you "scored"...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: World Youth Trials 2010
Replies: 226
Views: 17811

Re: World Youth Trials 2010

There isn’t a “junior” flag, John, if that’s what you’re thinking of. How could there be? A junior has a date of birth recorded or he hasn’t, Previous incarnations of the grading system had the concept of a junior of unknown age. To quote the 1988 grading list :- Junior players are indi...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 398
Views: 21697

Re: Hastings

Does anybody know how far the venue is from the train station? Is it walkable? (By walkable I mean 20-30 mins on foot at most). Less than a mile - but uphill. Warrior Square station is a little nearer. http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=580672&y=109881&z=0&sv=tn341ex&st=2&pc=tn34+1ex&mapp=map.srf...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeshift: How To Win At Chess
Replies: 76
Views: 11196

Re: Timeshift: How To Win At Chess

Peter Rhodes wrote:My favorite quote was

Quote:
Some people forget to castle.
It's one of the more difficult rules
Seems to be a style attribute of David Howell though, :)
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 80270

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

I really don't see why that should be that difficult, or expensive. If it'll be cheaper and faster in the long run, then it'll help to pay for itself. Most online chess websites can do that sort of thing with Elo already. For practical reasons an over-the-board rating system has to be batched based...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 80270

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

You would still publish the grades only once a season. Sooner or later, the ECF will have to face up to the issue that publishing grades once a season ( and nearly two months after the cutoff) is looking increasingly obsolete. For example FIDE publishes every two months with plans to publish monthl...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 80270

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

So, you could correct grades after every game (not publish them but use them internally in calculation). I wonder how difficult would that be to implement (actually one would need date and possibly time when each game ended)?. In practice the dates are not available, mostly because of leagues not r...