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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7932

Re: Possible Voting Reform

Further consultation might yet alter the structure of one or all of the proposals and I have certainly the intention of making a reasoned submission with suggestions for some alterations. There are attractions and problems with all three options though my own preference, perhaps surprisingly given ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 1584

Re: Chess magazines

I bought and subscribed to a variety of chess magazines over the years. Here some notes about the top entries in my personal list: Europe Echecs provides very good quality content with a good mix of expert commentary and material for new chess enthusiasts. Of all chess magazines, it's probably one o...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7932

Re: Possible Voting Reform

I've always been slightly ambivalent about the council system but comments like this swing me around to defending it, in particular the congress bloc that consists of people who give up so much of their time to make chess happen for people like me. Why anybody should feel that these individuals sho...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7932

Re: Possible Voting Reform

What about asking also the ECF members themselves to express an opinion on the matter, before the ECF council is deciding their own future? An email will hopefully be going out to all ECF members next week drawing their attention to the report and asking for comments. That's a good initiative, but ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Possible Voting Reform
Replies: 82
Views: 7932

Re: Possible Voting Reform

For what my personal opinion is worth, both option 1 and option 2 would be an improvement. On second thought there might be a way to make option 3, or even the status quo, completely acceptable. The main issue with the current ECF governance model is that direct member have no direct representation...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7586

Re: Universal Rating System

So... the URS has in fact used all the results of all the games rated by FIDE in the last 6 years (and there are 246,022 players in the initial URS list - as I found after downloading a copy). And presumably this data has been willingly provided - for a fee? - by FIDE. The data is available for fre...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7586

Re: Universal Rating System

Reading their own website, their driver seems the ability to correctly predict the result of future games. The current FIDE approach tells us that even if A and B are equal at long time controls, that A may be somewhat better at Rapid and Blitz. If you discard this information how does this help pr...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7586

Re: Universal Rating System

Their rating system will lack acceptance until they publish the detail workings. Otherwise there might be a secret formula that adds a few points for players approved of by Kasparov and subtracts points for those who don't. I agree that more details of the inner workings are required in order to ga...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7586

Re: Universal Rating System

using more relevant data makes your statistical model more accurate What are you trying to model though? Reading their own website, their driver seems the ability to correctly predict the result of future games. Whatever works, it works. It can be very misleading to think only in abstract terms. Yo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7586

Re: Universal Rating System

I would have thought it self evident that some players are better at "classical" chess than at rapid or blitz or vice versa. That is true. However these are also self evident: there is some correlation between the chess abilities at different time controls; using more relevant data makes your stati...
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 8862

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

By the way - think of the comparative size of the markets. When NRK broadcast the World Championship match, they had a more than 50% share of the TV audience, and about 750,000 viewers. This isn't quite the World Championship, so the audience will not be so great, but still measurable in the hundre...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38418

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Just did, not sure a comment to an article on the guardian will have much audience though.
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 38418

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

10. In case of a tie at the end of the match, you would prefer I like the idea of playing the match with an odd number of classical games (13 or 17 for example), with the challenger given one more game with white and the champion retaining the crown in case of a draw. It retains the concept of a ne...
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 37045

Re: EU referendum aftermath

However, it is not only the super rich who will move for tax purposes. That is shown by the number of medium and small French businesses and business persons who have crossed the Channel to work and live in London and its environs. My point is the the super-rich are the only one that might move (fo...