Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2018-19 Contents



 Message from the President

Officers 2018-19

Annual Fees

County Match Fees & Petrol Allowance

Junior Contacts

YCA League Match Venues

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

YCA League Fixtures 2018-2019

ECF Game Fee Changes &c

Joining the ECF

Standard-play Grading Trends 2002-18

Notes on the YCA Grading List

Results Graded July 2017 to June 2018

YCA Grading List

Yorkshire Junior Reports

Correspondence Chess Report

U-160 Captain’s Message

2017-18 League Tables & Match Results

County Match Result Summary

English County Finals 2018

Recent Winners of YCA Events

Constitution and Rules

YCA League Rules

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Contact Details Index

Event Calendar 2018-19



Possible Changes to Future ECF Grading Lists


The ECF is considering moving to monthly ECF grading lists from January 2020, and at the same time moving from 3-digit numbers to ELO-style 4-digit numbers.  It has launched an on-line consultation on the matter.


4-digit grades (or “ratings” as they will probably start to be called) would put the ECF in line with FIDE, other UK countries' national systems, and with correspondence and on-line chess-rating systems.  That would make inter-system comparisons easier.  (Of course, independent systems using the same calculation methods can still differ as to the strength implied by a given grade.)


A recent e-mail to ECF members says:

“The Board recognises that this will be a significant change.  We have therefore set up an online consultation form at https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/ecf-monthly-grading-consultation/ which all players are invited to complete.  The consultation period will end on 15th March 2019.”  (Full content of e-mail is also at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading-consultation/.)


The value of frequent grading lists is questionable, and depends to some extent on the purpose to which the grade is applied.


A notable omission from the ECF's e-mail's list of advantages of monthly lists is that new players enter the grading list faster.  This seems to me the main value.  Otherwise I personally would doubt the value of lists being more frequent than quarterly, purely on statistical considerations, but there could be administrative problems as well.


One would hope that by the time monthly lists were introduced, results from LMS would be transferred directly to the grading system, otherwise the administrative process could become too cumbersome.  The ECF is always short of both human and financial resources, so greater software sophistication is probably needed to cope with the increased administration load, so more money is needed to pay for the software, so your ECF membership fee will need to increase more!  (Just a thought.)


With monthly lists, congresses would of course have to decide which month's list was to count for determining eligibility to enter grade-restricted sections.  Presently, congresses held soon after the publication of an instance of the present 6-monthly list face the dilemma of which list to use, but with monthly lists all will face such a problem, and many differing policies will be adopted.  There will be more occurrences of players in, say, an under-175 section complaining that their opponent has a grade of, say, 180.  There may be more occurrences of players being moved from one section to another because their grades have changed since they entered.


Local associations would need to be clear in any rules regarding eligibility for grade‑limited events lasting over a number of months, and any grade-related rules governing board order in such extended events.  It would not do for a team to reach the final of a grade-limited event, only to find they no longer had enough players eligible for the final!


This is a discussion topic which potentially has no end.


Steve Mann