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by Angus French
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

I haven't done an age analysis like Angus', but I would add a word of warning. When looking at grades from longer periods there are a surprising number of "rentries". These players leave the list in one period only to reenter after a period. Over the period 2009-19 (using only July lists) over 3500...
by Angus French
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

Here are counts of 'net joiners' by age from recent grading lists (the versions provided to results officers which include DOBs): This looks like a very valuable piece of work, but are there extraneous factors? Did something seismic happen in 2013 ( or 2014 )? The July 2012 grading list covered 13 ...
by Angus French
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

It's a shame we don't have similar statistics going back decades or from other countries. It's showing a demographic of recruiting primary school children and downhill from there. In mitigation perhaps the data is skewed when the date of birth for adults is not collected. Yes, good point on missing...
by Angus French
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Does university chess exist in a different (and better) world?

I don't think there's really a problem with players just out of university giving up playing chess. Here are counts of 'net joiners' by age from recent grading lists (the versions provided to results officers which include DOBs): NetJoiners.png Net joiners are defined as the number of joiners (playe...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8976

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

My understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that currently a new player could start playing league chess in September and not join the ECF until the following June or July without penalty... The membership year runs 1 September to 31 August with a cut-off date for membership acquisitio...
by Angus French
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 13657

Re: World Teams 2019

But shouldn't that be a draw? 128...Rh6+ 129.Nb6+ and now Black informs the arbiter that he intends to play 129...Kb8 which makes 50 moves by each side since the last capture. It should have been, and the arbiters commented on that as they delivered the scoresheets to me. Off topic,but this happene...
by Angus French
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316409

Re: Media comments on chess

by Angus French
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?

...What will happen to the lower level tournaments for the many chess players outside the world elites? In answer to a question about whether there will still be Challengers and minor sections, Alan Ormsby says (in the comments to the article) " Yes, Major and Minor sections aimed at club players r...
by Angus French
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 4208

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

As reported by chessbase https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-olympic-dream The 600 million claim is back again Well who saw that coming First time by the new administration though? EDIT: I can't find the Press Release on the FIDE website. All I can find is this: https://www.fide.com/component/content...
by Angus French
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 17222

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

Can I suggest to the Mods that this topic is combined with this one: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=9988?
by Angus French
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2758

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Have they missed out the Isle of Mann?
by Angus French
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 17222

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The latest ECF newsletter announces a proposed implementation of January 2020. It means that those leagues, most of them, who ignore January grades, can at least complete their season. What caught my eye was the question on the survey that said "Do you agree with the Board's decision to move to mon...
by Angus French
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 2931

Re: ECF Supporter

I think member-only access to the online grading database would be a bad idea for the reasons indicated by Roger and Nick. But also, as a frequent user of the facility, I'd hate to have log-in every time I wanted to check someone's grade or whether they had a Grade Reference.
by Angus French
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 2931

Re: ECF Supporter

The current version of the membership list (dated 26 Jan) has 11,046 members of which 4 are of the category ECF Supporter.