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by Adam Raoof
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6462

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I don't think anyone would be advocating submission every week. It's a natural consequence of monthly grading that you aren't expected to wait a month for the result. Thus a grading list published for April should be available on the 1st April and should have all results up to and including the pre...
by Adam Raoof
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6462

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Sounds a lot of hassle, which is precisely why I was never in favour of the Bronze/Silver model. All I know is that someone played in the Nottingham Rapid Play in mid Jan and paid his £7.50 or whatever so should be entitled to expect to be upgraded in time to enter the Nottingham Congress in two we...
by Adam Raoof
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6462

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I have a grading proposal. Can we please have the February update? I know of at least one player who entered an event in January as a Bronze member and needs to be upgraded by the ECF in time to enter another event this month without having to pay another £7.50. Isn't that the membership list rathe...
by Adam Raoof
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Southend Congress Invitational 18-22 April 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: 1st Southend Congress Invitational 18-22 April 2019

Excellent news - thanks to a generous donation we are able to offer prizes in the masters of £800, £500 and £300 - matching the Open section! - tell your titled friends that we are accepting some more registrations here - http://southendchesscongress.org.uk - but that capacity is strictly limited
by Adam Raoof
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 31
Views: 2304

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:29 pm
I once punted the Latvian Gambit and my opponent asked whether I would like to take 2...f5 back as a mouseslip. I was mildly amused, but I am sure there is a community which would consider that offensive.
The Latvian Welfare Fund perhaps?

http://www.72qt.co.uk/
by Adam Raoof
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Southend Congress Invitational 18-22 April 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: 1st Southend Congress Invitational 18-22 April 2019

I am glad to announce that GM Damian Lemos from the Canary Islands will be playing at Jersey and at Southend! You can check out his website here

https://www.ichess.net/shop/gm-damian-l ... -coaching/
by Adam Raoof
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6462

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Most importantly, a new player should not have to wait more than a month to get their first grade. This should be the main priority. Whether the whole list is updated live is not so much of an issue, though it should be an ambition. Ideally the gradings should be updated on the first (maybe a first ...
by Adam Raoof
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Grading Database offline?

I reported it by e-mail to the relevant ECF unpaid volunteers just after 13:00. When someone will be able to act I have no reason to know. PB I think ECF webmail might also be down, so the relevant ECF unpaid volunteers might not have received it. I reported it by text too. One Director couldn't ac...
by Adam Raoof
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Grading Database offline?

Just trying to do some grading but unable to connect - is that a general problem?
by Adam Raoof
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 round FIDE weekenders?
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: 4 round FIDE weekenders?

In the Netherlands it is fairly common to have Quads where you compete in a four player all-play-all over three days, usually divided by rating, alongside another event. If this can work, a four round Swiss can certainly work. You can have a lot of smaller sections. Imagine imperial college congress...
by Adam Raoof
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 1100

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

I think the organiser has corrected the time control to 75 mins plus 10 seconds increment on the leaflets I have here at Hendon Blitz! We have Jonathan Rowson and David Levy playing...

http://chess-results.com/tnr409683.aspx ... =1&flag=30
by Adam Raoof
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 2447

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

Parents who attended the recent http://hampsteadchess.blogspot.co.uk have suggested that we might get a surge in entries from juniors at FIDE rated tournaments looking to improve their FIDE rating (especially where that rating lags behind their ECF grade) in order to meet the qualification criteria.
by Adam Raoof
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5253

Re: How many casual players?

Chess is easy to learn, but challenging and complex to master. This is one reason why people play chess for decades, irrespective of their ability.
by Adam Raoof
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 16073

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

And I think they will have to come up with a better solution to the “junior problem” than FIDE have managed. The latest massive analysis of results showed that, aside from initial ratings still needing work, the predictive power of FIDE ratings for juniors is pretty good. At the risk of banging the...
by Adam Raoof
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2434

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

At the last Division 3/4 weekend there must have been 12 - 16 matches in a large room (144 - 192 players). I think there was only one arbiter working the floor most off the time, with a second arbiter some of the time. There was a third arbiter in the room most of the time, but he didn't appear to ...