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by Matt Fletcher
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 30278

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

Happy to do a bit more analysis now I've got the dataset together if anyone's interested. The "new" URS ratings still have limited credibility, but how does the ECF to URS conversion look? Apart from some seemingly spurious data every player with an active FIDE rating has a URS rating and vice-vers...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 30278

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

This has cropped up in another thread. Would an update be possible? I ask that with no idea of how much work is involved. I've downloaded the FIDE February 2017 list and compared to ECF January 2017. I can't remember exactly what I did last time so just matched up all people with ENG, SCO, WLS nati...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 30278

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

The best fit line across all these data points is FIDE = 7.4 x ECF + 690 - alternatively (with rounder numbers) 7.5 x ECF + 675. This has cropped up in another thread. Would an update be possible? I ask that with no idea of how much work is involved. I've downloaded the FIDE February 2017 list and ...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 8391

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

I just tried to find Nakamura-Grischuk on the livestream and ended up watching bits of the prizegiving instead. It is quite funny to watch. Ivanchuk clearly doesn't like being showered with glitter and confetti at the end. :lol: (Round 19 is from 2:57:30 on the 4 hour+ clip for rounds 13-21 of the ...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 8391

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Any good visual bits from the livestream footage? Here's Karjakin dropping his Queen vs Nakamura in round 15 https://twitter.com/FollowChessApp/status/814820795524546560 And a couple of good grabs from Olimpiu Urcan: Jobava can't believe he lost from a winning position against Carlsen https://twitt...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 8391

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

And at the other end of the table, a fantastically consistent performance from Mohammed Ali Dima, scoring 0/15 in the Rapid and 0/21 in the Blitz . Can't have been easy for him to turn up each round, especially as he was dispatched by the 'lesser' players in rounds 4-6 in the rapid and 5-7 in the bl...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Classic Grand Tour
Replies: 94
Views: 10322

Re: London Classic Grand Tour

The video on chess24 (which I was watching live) shows clearly that only after 57...Nd8 Nakamura suddenly saw the stalemate resource which Kramnik must have spotted several moves earlier. Nakamura is not able to do oriental inscrutability and his expressions were a marvel to behold. Kramnik said he...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Size of chess audience
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: Size of chess audience

Interesting figures - it's almost as if the 'hundreds of millions' was a slight overestimate... As it hasn't yet been mentioned, I just went into lichess to look at their numbers and there are around 7000 users currently logged in. I'm sure I've seen low- 5 figures there before. (I appreciate it's a...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 16499

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Chess24 have won the lawsuit relating to their Candidates coverage, and will be covering the World Championship. Gustafsson and Svidler top the list of commentators:

Chess24 link
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 16499

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mick Norris wrote: Also see here (particularly the bit in ALL CAPS)
(that was me, not Mick...)
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 16499

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Mick Norris wrote:2 pm local time, which is 8 pm CET according to Tarjei
Thanks - I think that does mean that the 'official' countdown is a few hours behind.
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF elections 2016
Replies: 224
Views: 19381

Re: ECF elections 2016

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Mike Truran wrote: We made a mistake, and have hopefully put it right.
Now this is the kind of straight talking that I like to see. And, for the public record, I think you have.
Seconded, on both counts. Thanks.
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 16499

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

plans to aggressively pursue claims against anyone who tries to circumvent the official broadcast. What charming people ! Full charm offensive here Also see here (particularly the bit in ALL CAPS) Also - is the countdown clock on the official site correct? If I'm looking at my time zones correctly,...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40814

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Howard Staunton on Twitter has pointed out a rather good Worst Move on the Board from round 9 (Sulkis-Blagojevic):