As pointed out by Roger in another thread.4NCL entry conditions wrote: FIDE Rated U2050: Open to FIDE rated players rated below 2050 FIDE and ECF graded players graded below 180 ECF *
My grades are: 1920 FIDE / 180 ECF, which makes me ineligible by a single ECF point.
It's clear that the ECF --> FIDE conversion formula is broken. Whenever faced with a team of converted grades in the 4ncl proper, they are typically in the region of 100 points higher.
In the previous three 4ncl events, there have been 25 unique players, who would now be disqualified from entering the U2050. Their average rating profile is 1963 FIDE / 184.6 ECF. This tallies closely with my 1920 FIDE / 180 ECF.
Based on this small sample, the conversion would be 1915 FIDE/180 ECF or 2050 FIDE/193 ECF
Why does the conversion simply not match the exact averages of players per ECF Grade level?
My 2 main criteria for an enjoyable tournament are:
2.Trying to win the tournament and win a prize.
Out of the 25 players now ineligible, 11 chose to play in the open, 14 in the major. The 11 open players faced an average rating discrepancy of 194 FIDE points per game. The 14 major players faced a discrepancy of 143 points per game. Therefore, as suspected, a player of my profile has a less competitive tournament playing in an open vs a major. The chance of winning either the tournament or a prize also shrivel. The result is sadly, that the likelihood of me playing in these congresses also decreases. I wonder if correspondingly, the slightly weaker major's will increase the chances of others entering - perhaps.