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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1609

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

If a player has only a FIDE or ECF number then use that. If they have both use the average of FIDE and converted ECF. Perhaps that could be followed through into the number used for pairings. It would avoid the apparent randomisation when the top half by FIDE rating meets the bottom half in the fir...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1609

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

Would you care to make an actual suggestion? (I'm trying to set fair cut-offs for grading prizes and section entries, not some abstruse "ranking" exercise.) You could fall in line with the 4NCL Congresses or alternatively diverge from them. FIDE Rated U2000: Open to (1) FIDE rated players rated bel...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1609

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

Or am I just attempting the impossible, riding two horses, the stably rated adult population and the under-rated junior population? I suspect the 2200 equivalent is probably more like 205, but prejudiced in favour of straight lines! If you use the FIDE ratings as a cut off, you need to be pragmatic...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1213

Re: Preferences for a weekender

Assuming the game lasts 60 moves, as per the FIDE regulation, then t = 90 + 90 + 0.5 * 60 + 0.5 * 60 = 240 Have I misunderstood something, or made a mistake somewhere? That's 240 minutes (4 hours) for each player. 8 hours elapsed time in total for two rounds. Add a third game and it's 12 hours.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1213

Re: Preferences for a weekender

These would correspond to the following time limits >2200 90 minutes per player per game plus 30 seconds per move If the intention is to run a tournament that's both Open and FIDE rated, the choice of formats is constrained by the four hour or longer sessions this time limit implies. I think Hastin...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5035

Re: July 2019 grades......

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:16 am


If you are reporting monthly, does it make a big difference if all the games get put in as the first of the month?
I was wondering whether the ECF had in mind a process to put late reported games back into their correct month.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5035

Re: July 2019 grades......

Some battles aren't worth the time fighting, particularly this one given information like "date" doesn't actually matter for the purpose of calculating the grade. If the ECF is serious about monthly rating, the date is going to matter. But perhaps grading or rating is a red herring and what the ECF...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: The Master Chess Roadshow
Replies: 27
Views: 2852

Re: The Master Chess Roadshow

Andrew Martin wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:00 am
The September 2nd blog discusses a defence to the Queen's Gambit:
The problem in practice is that you rarely reach positions where it can be played as many players will play cxd5 to reach a Carlsbad formation where it's difficult for Black to cause White any problems at sub-IM level.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1213

Re: Preferences for a weekender

I've no strong preference beyond saying that 3 standardplay games in a day isn't practical. It's standard practice for weekend tournaments taking place over two days. Under current FIDE rules, they aren't both Open and FIDE rated.Typical move rates are 90 minutes with 15 second increments (notional...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1609

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

However, that seems to put most ECF grades - to my eye anyway - at too high a FIDE level. What do others suggest? The 4NCL seem to agree with you by imposing an additional conditions on eligibility for their under 2000 tournaments, that players have to be under 175 as well. The rankings implied by ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1213

Re: Preferences for a weekender

I have no idea, Matt. Just trying to work out what people would like to see in a new tournament. If you use Easter or in some years the New Year, a nine round format Thursday, Friday *2, Saturday*2, Sunday*2, Monday*2 becomes possible. For a Seniors tournament or even a junior tournament during sch...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5035

Re: July 2019 grades......

Indeed, I too am thankful that the August 2019 grades came out today. At over 3000, the number of corrections seems higher than in previous years. I am aware of the double submission of some Surrey results and these may have had a limited knock on effect where new players and juniors played Surrey ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Pal Benko (1928-2019)
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Pal Benko (1928-2019)

Amongst other things, it seems to show he wasn't paid (at least per se) when he withdrew for RJF in the 1970 Interzonal. The story seems to be that the USCF were going to pay him a fee had he played. When he withdrew in favour of Fischer, he attended anyway and received the same fee as second to Re...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5035

Re: July 2019 grades......

It has long been quite clear that monthly grading cannot be progressed with the current software (or the existing support for graders). The ECF Board leapt in with great enthusiasm for the idea. If anyone believed what they wrote in the business plan, we'd be anticipating the second monthly list ar...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Legitimate procedure in making a move?
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: Legitimate procedure in making a move?

Much to my surprise, the arbiter ruled that, as it was my opponent's move, my opponent could do what he liked with piece, so long as he eventually made a legal move with it. From the responses above, I sense that most don't share this arbiter's view. 11.5 should apply 11.5 It is forbidden to distra...