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by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

It's an issue if the player isn't on the drop-down list. Whilst that may result in a forfeit for the match result, the actual game played is still likely to count for grading. It's also an issue if the unreadable scribble might be more than one person on the drop-down list Agree, that's the issue w...
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

ECF League Management System provides a far better interface. Apologies for my almost total ignorance on this subject, but is this the system used by the London Chess League and others around here, or something different? I'm fairly sure that London, like Manchester and many others, uses John Upham...
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3032

Re: London Chess Classic

Adams up to number 10 on the blitz ratings
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 66
Views: 2647

Re: How many casual players?

Feedback from our grader
I personally don't see the point in, say monthly league submissions, as for most players this would only equate to one or two games. Congresses, however, submit as soon as possible after an event, where 5 or 6 results are significant.
which seems sensible
by Mick Norris
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4311

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I am of course about to lay into the London Classic four player event and the ridiculous prize money. 1st $120,000 2nd $ 80,000 3rd $ 60,000 4th $ 40,000 Some ham could have lost every game and walk away with $40,000 (that is now impossible and the draws have already started to pile up.). Well no, ...
by Mick Norris
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

BBC Report Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of "use it or lose it" when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. But a new Scottish study suggests it has no effect on mental decline. Inste...
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The 6 monthly updates apply to longplay, not just rapidplay
by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3669

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Howell wins the first rapid with white, and looks like going through
by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1179

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1179

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3669

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Today's games started at 11 am (same format as yesterday)

Game 1
Williams - Adams
Howell - Haria
Jones - Merry
Hawkins - McShane
by Mick Norris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3669

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Game 1
1. Jonathan Hawkins v Jovanka Houska 1-0
2. John Nunn v Alan Merry 0.5 - 0.5
3. Matthew Turner v Ravi Haria 0.5 - 0.5
4. Simon Williams v Harriet Hunt 1-0

Game 2 in progress
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

From the December ECF newsletter Why am I always the only person who can't find these things? You don't actually have to answer that, just tell me where it is. The newsletter was emailed to me by the ECF yesterday afternoon I copied the whole of the text about grading for those who hadn't seen the ...
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4367

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

FIDE Regs on the Rapid & Blitz World Championships to be held in St Petersburg and the prize fund is $700,000 not the hoped for $2 million but does compare reasonably well with pre-Saudi events. So is St Petersburg a suitable venue for all potential participants? Ukraine being the obvious but not o...
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The calculation of grades for players and the publication of grading lists is recognised as being a core function of the Federation. Annual grading lists have been published since time immemorial, and for the past few years the time interval has been six-monthly. The Board recognise that there is a...