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by Angus French
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7264

Re: Council Papers are out

Well done to Carl and best wishes to him in his role. I support the creation of the Development Officer role though I'm afraid I'm skeptical about what results can be achieved. Um, I do, though, have a couple of further questions: 1. Why has it taken almost a year to make an appointment? The creatio...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 35
Views: 2397

Re: Don't Understand Grading Calculation

It's perhaps worth pointing out that between five and eight results with at least one of those in the most recent 12-month grading period gets a player an 'F' category grade. 'F' category grades are not used for future grading calculations (instead a new estimate is calculated) and are treated by so...
by Angus French
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7264

Re: Council Papers are out

Message to Bronze members about the AGM here.
by Angus French
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 230
Views: 20647

Re: End of an era

It's not however a context that fits this particular practice. (Also, of course, it's about much more than plagiarism - it's about all kinds of lazy, sloppy and tenth-rate journalism, of which the plagiarism, extensive though it was, was only the most serious manifestation.) There's no greater reas...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 230
Views: 20647

Re: End of an era

Frankly, I'm not too sure that the wider world cares too much about plagiarism. Obviously the original authors do, because it's annoying to see others taking credit for and/or making money from their work, but otherwise plagiarism passes unnoticed except for the minority of committed readers who ac...
by Angus French
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7264

Re: Council Papers are out

On the appointment of a Development Officer: I am told that two candidates were interviewed a couple of weeks ago. So maybe an appointment is (at last) imminent if it hasn't already been made (but not yet announced). On funding of the Development Officer position: The draft minutes of the 2019 Finan...
by Angus French
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 7264

Re: Council Papers are out

The Board's Report to the AGM says:
Board of Directors Report, All Directorates section, top of page 5 wrote:Appointed a new Development Officer to work with the Board to grow chess at all levels across the country...
Does anyone know anything about this, such as who has been appointed and when the appointment was made?
by Angus French
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 16699

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Is it any wonder that those who volunteer sometimes react badly to criticism frequently if it comes from those who do so much less. There are constant attempts to misrepresent ECF policy and to raise in this place points which could be dealt with by private correspondence. Then there are those cons...
by Angus French
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2809

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

First and foremost, results held on the ECF LMS should update the grading database with no manual intervention. When we are comfortable our solutions are robust, we will widen this facility to all results administration systems who want to add this facility. OK, I can understand the wish to improve...
by Angus French
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2809

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Brian Valentine wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:30 pm
The ECF recognises that monthly grading will only work if we abolish much workload that graders do at present. We have to develop tools that can facilitate this desire.
Brian, can I ask: what tools do you have in mind?
by Angus French
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2809

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Given that grading is the responsibility of the Director of Membership, and the LMS is the responsibility of the Director of Home Chess, neither of which are me... :roll: Though, Alex, you kicked off the project when Director of Home Chess. Indeed. I also kicked off the English Women's Championship...
by Angus French
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2809

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

...All the leg work in identifying players and inputting results would be done by match captains, club secretaries or local tournament organisers... For leagues it's all too easy not to do the work to check whether new club player, John Smith, is new to competitive chess or, in fact, John Smith of ...
by Angus French
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2809

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

(This shows every sign of being an Alex H initiative, and I've worked with Alex H a lot and have some idea of where his blind spots lie.) Given that grading is the responsibility of the Director of Membership, and the LMS is the responsibility of the Director of Home Chess, neither of which are me....
by Angus French
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1036

Re: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?

As a club membership secretary I try my level best to encourage membership of the ECF. If the fine is capped at £16 or £5 (in the case of a junior) then I'm not sure if I need to bother in the future. Do you mean that you would just pass the fine on to the player at the end of the season, confident...
by Angus French
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92124

Re: Cheating in chess

There is a procedural question here. If he wants to get his GM title back presumably he'll have to get the norms again but is it right that he can use his previous rating of 2500+ which was gained at least partially through cheating to do it? Given that his current rating is 2500+ isn't the questio...