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by Andrew Farthing
Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 15
Views: 2314

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

For Mr Chandler-my books Guardian Chess Book, Play Better Chess, Leonard Barden's Chess Puzzles and Batsford Chess Puzzles all contain substantial column material. The Guardian Chess Book. is highly thought of in Scotland. Both GM Paul Motwani and IM Dougie Bryson have mentioned the influence it ha...
by Andrew Farthing
Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The 40-point rule
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

Re: The 40-point rule

Thirdly, and perhaps the best justification, is to consider the 40pt rule as the grading system's protection against statistical outliers. Essentially within any sample of games used to approximate an individual's strength there is the possibility of "freak" results (caused by any number of reasons...
by Andrew Farthing
Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 28337

Re: Update on Project?

I am not aware of Alternate Directors being appointed in the past. However, it seems to me to be a jolly good idea. Now that Stewart Reuben has decided to step down as International Director, it seems natural that Lawrence Cooper would make an excellent replacement (I certainly hope he takes over t...
by Andrew Farthing
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The 40-point rule
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

Re: The 40-point rule

It's parallel to the Elo 350 or 400 point rule and it's an incentive for the higher rated player to play. At 145 would you want to play a league or tournament game against a player graded 60 with the available points 155 for a win, 60 for a draw and 10 for a loss? Well, I won't deny that I'd feel s...
by Andrew Farthing
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The 40-point rule
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

Re: The 40-point rule

Roger de Coverly wrote:I do hope this isn't the latest mad idea by the grading team.
No - it was just something that I was curious about.

Andrew
by Andrew Farthing
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The 40-point rule
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

The 40-point rule

This may be a stupid question, but it'll be a break from some of the mind-boggling stuff that goes on elsewhere under the Grading Debate heading: I can understand why the "maximum 40-point difference" rule applies to wins by the higher-rated player, i.e. there has to be a means to stop players losin...
by Andrew Farthing
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 28337

Re: Update on Project?

(Andrew is acting CEO and I learnt today that the ECF Board approved of AF becoming the Deputy CEO : maybe this is an AGM portent?) I'm not sure if it's semantically significant, but strictly speaking I was appointed as "alternate" CEO. The effect is that I get to cover for Chris Majer when he is, ...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 1st Worcestershire Open, July 25-26
Replies: 4
Views: 1971

Re: 1st Worcestershire Open, July 25-26

Thanks to Alex and Michele for the comments. There were 62 entrants in all, which was very encouraging for the first time out. Leading players' results are shown below. Open 1st: John Pitcher (South Birmingham) 4 1/2 points winning the Armageddon playoff. 2nd: Lawrence Cooper (Stafford) 4 1/2 points...
by Andrew Farthing
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF officers
Replies: 84
Views: 6903

Re: ECF officers

Clearly, I was misinformed. I apologise for any embarrassment caused to Michael.

Andrew Farthing
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF officers
Replies: 84
Views: 6903

Re: ECF officers

Michele, This is a perfectly reasonable question but it's difficult to answer without making it look like there's something to hide. Stewart Reuben commented on the Michael White situation at the time, saying that Michael's decision not to proceed with the Finance role was a personal one. I have sin...
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1960

Re: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009

There was a query on another thread (on the 'Grading Debate' forum) asking whether games for this event will be graded. The answer is yes!

Andrew Farthing
by Andrew Farthing
Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 10343

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

The only tournaments most could play in are the one in Dudley, the one in Walsall (Staffordshire Congress), and the one in Arden (Warwickshire Championship). Don't forget that this year Andrew Moore and Andrew Farthing are organising a Worcestershire Open in Bromsgrove on 25th and 26th July. The de...
by Andrew Farthing
Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1960

Re: Worcestershire Open - 25th and 26th July 2009

Details of this event have been confirmed: 5-round Swiss starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 25 July. Venue: Catshill Village Hall, Woodrow Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 0LP. There will be 3 sections: Open, Major (U155) and Minor (U105). The time control is a relatively brisk 65 minutes for 30 moves, followed b...
by Andrew Farthing
Thu May 28, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players playing above their sections in congresses
Replies: 36
Views: 3211

Re: Players playing above their sections in congresses

Even down in the Minor and Major sections, I'm sure I'm not alone in getting a sinking feeling when I'm paired against an ungraded player or someone more than 40 points below my own modest 122. That's mainly because I know that the odds are that it won't be as easy as it "ought" to be - you can get ...
by Andrew Farthing
Thu May 28, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 4072

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

I'd definitely vote for more congresses rather than fewer, but then I'm one of those sad people who plays in lots of the things (about 20 a year) and would play more if there were events within reasonable travelling distance on some of the 'vacant' weekends. Personal favourites for me are Paignton, ...