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by Angus French
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16321

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The deadline for July (e.g.) is normally about 15th July. Leagues are normally finished in the middle of May, so a league grader has maybe 6 weeks to get the results in. I suspect there's a heavy element of graders working to a deadline, and if the deadline was tighter (as it is in January), they'd...
by Angus French
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16321

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

To make it credible, monthly grading would have to be done to a similar timetable to FIDE, namely that you have a reporting cutoff a few days before the month end and you aim for publication on the last day of the month, or the first day of the following month. Hmm. For evening chess leagues, teams...
by Angus French
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16321

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

If Month Played is unknown (or not easily discoverable) cannot Month Reported be used? But is not a greater issue with the idea of monthly grading the fact that it currently takes something like 23 days (I think two weeks for the local results officers to submit and then nine days for the central gr...
by Angus French
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5415

Re: How many casual players?

In the latest Board (125th) minutes Malcolm outlined the key points from the paper and supporting note. Malcolm said that it was critical to reach out to the millions of casual players who do not currently engage with the ECF, Where does he get that count from? Is it on the same scale as the 600 mi...
by Angus French
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16321

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I think therefore Council gets to discuss this before it comes in? Only if requisitionists force such a discussion, I suspect. If the new system is going be introduced for 2019 - 2020, that would have to happen at the Finance Council Meeting on Saturday 27th April 2019. The last Home Director did a...
by Angus French
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Minutes
Replies: 25
Views: 1913

Re: AGM Minutes

For what it's worth... Votes on a poll shall be counted by tellers appointed by the meeting who may themselves vote if so entitled. In respect of a vote by poll where the vote is in respect of election to an office or post, the Tellers shall keep confidential the details of all votes cast except for...
by Angus French
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 28
Views: 5312

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Possibly of interest: Game Changer. (HT Elk and Ruby.)
by Angus French
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 21245

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel tweeted on 9 Nov: "A quiet revolution is taking place in FIDE. Roughly one third of the commissions, and almost one third of the commissioners, were axed today. This was a necessary change, but nevertheless quite breathtaking." So which commissions and commissioners have gone and why? Can't s...
by Angus French
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43797

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:52 pm
Wikipedia:
The first World Chess Championship not to use adjournments was the Classical World Chess Championship 1995...while the last one to use adjournments was the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996.
Thank you. I'd looked on other pages but not found that one.
by Angus French
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43797

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Its the first time in many years that I've given adjournments any thought but it did occur to me that back in the day the game would have been adjourned at some point after move 30... The referenced Game 5 of the 1978 Korchnoi-Karpov match - the longest-lasting World Championship game at 124 moves ...
by Angus French
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43797

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

My guess is that something will be said, because it's easy as well as right and because nobody likes AGON. What will actually be done though, is a harder question. I have a vague recollection of Dvorkovich saying, during his election campaign, something to the effect that next month's AGON-organise...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 3558

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

This thread appears to have lost its way already. Statistics are interesting but this discussion needs to be about strategy and ideas for chess development and how the ECF can provide some muscle to get behind it. Doesn't strategy start with assessing where you are, including in relation to your pe...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Organisational admission to ECF Council
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Organisational admission to ECF Council

Paul, organisations are admitted, depending on their type, either by the Board or by Council. See Articles 3-7 of the Articles of Association for more information. There's an annual membership fee which is currently £60 but no fee is payable if the organisation organises events with graded games and...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 8537

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Chessdom have some powerful hardware analysing the Carlsen-Ding game: Stockfish with 128 cores and Leela Chess Zero.
by Angus French
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 3558

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Those backwards, third-world, countries... maybe we can learn something from them. And look at the player counts. We're dwarfed by each of Germany, France and Spain. And Iran has five times as many active players as we do and nine times as many female players. Some stats on participation (male/femal...