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by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 17161

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

As well as the official commentary, Jon Speelman is broadcasting: https://twitch.tv/jonspeelman
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 8717

Re: Council Papers are out

It is the case that when Malcolm Pein stood for International Director he set himself a performance indicator of financing the international teams solely through sponsorship and that this has not happened (that said, having reread the 2015 election statement the offer to resign referred specificall...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 8717

Re: Council Papers are out

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:48 am
I got the impression a donation to the chess trust might now be the preferred option. I did not get a reply when I asked a few years ago and downgraded to gold in high dudgeon...
Ah, the Chess Trust is a charity and isn't able to fund professional chess.
by Angus French
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 8717

Re: Council Papers are out

...Finance Chairman: Now Malcolm, you spent £20,000 on international teams?... Ah, just to say that £45K was spent on sending two five-player teams to the 2018 Olympiad in Baku with £32K of that spent on fees made up of entry fees, travel fees, hotel fees and other fees including appearance fees. S...
by Angus French
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 8717

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: 5995

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: 8717

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: 253
Views: 25681

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: 253
Views: 25681

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: 8717

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: 8717

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: 18275

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: 3453

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: 3453

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: 3453

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...