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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 11914

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

I think the draw decision was the correct one. Stewart Reuben has advocated that a delay or increment digital clock be substituted in the event of a 10.2 claim and the game continued. A hypothetical substitution is a way of clarifying an arbiter's decision. In this game you might assume that if the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

I suggest that Roger compares his ECF grade and his FIDE rating to see if there is any trend in the relationship between the two. ECF circa 175 (+/- 10) FIDE circa 2100 (+/- 30) Fewer games in the FIDE pool of course. I've known for years that the traditional 8*ECF+600 = FIDE is broken at the 2000 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

Can we be clear about the Hewitt investigations? Is it correct to state that ? one year's grading data was selected The new player estimation program was run The results were plotted against the published list (and didn't fit) From the grading paper 1. The player had a published SP grade in 2005 2. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

So can anyone else come up with examples? Is there a particular area where it's more prevalent, or is my memory going? I've struggled to find players that I've played during the last 15 years that have shown "unexplained" reductions in the their grades. Mine is almost unchanged and I'm just as many...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading levels
Replies: 9
Views: 2245

Re: Grading levels

I'd have thought if I was 215, I might be a bit annoyed about all my slightly weaker brethren suddenly joining me - or am I missing the whole point. Roger will soon put me right but I don't want to get into all the statistical stuff I don't understand! What's happening is a clean sheet of paper and...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

Look at the individuals who were playing some years ago (say 10-15 years) and who are still playing now. Their grades, as a group, have gone down. This is what hasn't been convincingly demonstrated. The sceptics are those active players whose grades today are not greatly different from those of 15 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

Then how come the problem existed in the 70's, 80's and 90's Howard? Because either it didn't or was balanced by an equal force in the opposite direction. Why not listen to those who were there? You may dismiss the obvious statistic of sum(published grades)/sum(number published) as meaningless(why?...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Library has opened!
Replies: 10
Views: 2053

Re: ECF Library has opened!

It's taken a while to open properly as it was first "open" at the Hastings congress 18 months ago. There've been reports in "Chess Moves" and by the BCM editor.

A bit of google came up with

http://www.uch.ac.uk/national_chess_library.html
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 81852

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

I believe I'm right that unless the DoB is known they will always be calculated as adults with no junior bonus? :? What impact will this have on deflation? :?: You probably need to check this out with the central grading team - as it affects the data collection for the league management software. P...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

I think if the ECF stage-manages this correctly (explains it clearly and simply, with a technical report also available to download) then I see little opposition from regular chess players. Given the general level of secrecy which has surrounded this project (count the reports on the main ECF websi...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Olympiad Regulations - considerable renewals
Replies: 2
Views: 1034

Olympiad Regulations - considerable renewals

A summary with a poor translation appears at http://dresden2008.de/english/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=154&Itemid=35 We will have considerable renewals regarding the regulations in the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, The exact detail of the regulations is elusive From the summary it would ap...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2705

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

For some light reading on CASCs :) , try here http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/casc.htm re professional players 19. So, a club would be able to pay members for services such as coaching or ground maintenance as long as the conditions above were satisfied. We would not normally expect a CASC to pay m...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs
Replies: 18
Views: 2705

Re: Charitable Status for Chess Clubs

if a club had charitable status, the individual would be able to apply for Gift Aid when donating to the team. I believe this is correct - but I don't think Gift aid is allowed for regular subs. If it was, this would be a major financial incentive for charitable status. I would assume that with the...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What time control(s) does your League use?
Replies: 56
Views: 5720

Re: What time control(s) does your League use?

Personally, I'd love digital clocks to become the norm and Fischer times used. I think 30 moves in 60mins +30sec/per move is great. The Border League can use 60 minutes + 30 seconds. Those who have played at this rate tell me that games starting at 7.35 are often over by 10pm. But the big problem w...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grades (split from Editorial thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 13345

Re: New grades (split from Editorial thread)

There must have been a new external force that has created deflationary pressures. My example suggests that grading performance software (that estimates the grades of ungraded players) is quite a likely culprit. It would be interesting to know when this was introduced to see if it ties in with the ...