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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"After spending many months looking at the data, I think the hypothesis that juniors tend to improve is conclusively proved against the alternate that playing strength is constant." Are you sure? Admittedly it was many years ago, but I took a small sample of juniors (about the first 30 pages of the ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"I believe that we all have good periods of performance and poorer periods - that is one of the factors which makes us want to compete and try to raise our performance." True - I once beat a 226 with black and 3 days later lost to a 115 with white! If you try to do a statistical analysis of your per...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2506

Re: The ECF Academy tender

"Is it unreasonable for the 'Head' of the Academy to see a document before publication that could seriously affect the future of the project? "

No - surely you should have been consulted beforehand?
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 29
Views: 1708

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

"That's one approach, but there are some fairly obvious drawbacks to making people use their real names, includinf making them more vulnerable to abuse and harrassment off-site." True - another Countdown expert was enraged by a review of an online book he wrote, and travelled about 300 miles to brea...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 29
Views: 1708

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

Even if there are moderators, it is not unknown for them to be biased. And as you can frequently be anonymous online, the problem gets worse. I used to post on a "Countdown" site occasionally, which was mainly populated by people who had done well on the programme. In theory, people used real names,...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2506

Re: The ECF Academy tender

Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:38 pm On the point about ethics, there was one request to have an advanced viewing of the tender document. I declined it. Quite right too - I'm not that impressed that the question was asked though. "I think it safe to assume that - while we might all have minor (and, in some case...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 29
Views: 1708

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

"Suffice to say that online misogyny has been closely correlated (in America certainly) with the rise of the far-Right and pro-Trump politics. " That would please the left wing of course, but I think it is just some men/boys being totally obnoxious. Online abuse of female players certainly pre-dates...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2506

Re: The ECF Academy tender

"Believe me, I have a great deal of sympathy for the last comment."

Yes, me too.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3514

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Anyway, I happened to be looking at Is Fraud A Brain Game? again this evening, as you do, and I couldn't help laughing at this: David Levy wrote: Chinese Chess, which differs from the western form of the game, is probably the world’s most popular board game, being played by half the population of Ch...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 102
Views: 5670

Re: Arbitration question

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/irregular (etc.) Infringement - The action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.; violation. Irregularity - The state or quality of being irregular. [Note - not a great definition!] Irregular - Contrary to the rules or to that which is normal or...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2506

Re: The ECF Academy tender

I agree with the others who have posted so far. This might be a record.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3514

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"This is being discussed at https://www.bridgewinners.com/article/v ... nblum-cup/" Good to see the bridge forumites are critical of WADA too. I don't know if their website has improved but it was difficult to search in previous years, even for me, when I knew what I was looking for! Note that a lot...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happens when the pub closes
Replies: 9
Views: 1096

Re: What happens when the pub closes

"Venue claims we we weren't drinking enough (though that was just a pretext to evict us)."

I think that's in the pub landlords' training manual as number 1 excuse to get rid of people.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 2506

Re: The ECF Academy tender

It seems short notice for what will presumably be a lot of work. (On second thoughts, it's probably an enormous amount of work.) The applicant doesn't seem to have any input into what is done. OK, teachers have to follow the syllabus, but this is not quite the same thing. It might take a year to get...