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



ECF Grading-Data Submission Process


All results for grading have to be submitted to the ECF in a specific electronic format, which is either a “text” file designed for creation by computer software, or an Excel spreadsheet of prescribed format which can by filled in by computer software or directly by a human and has the added advantage of being easily readable and editable manually if necessary.  Distinguishing between these formats is not really relevant here.


The way ECF grading-data submission files are created varies widely, but below are illustrated typical examples.  The initial data-entry stage works typically as follows:

method 1 – raw result information is entered into the ECF League Management System;

method 2 – result information is copied and pasted from chess-results.com website into a user-written converter program *;

method 3 – result information is copied and pasted from a Sevilla file into a user-written converter program *;

method 4 – raw result information is entered into a user-written result-entry program *;

method 5 – raw result information is entered directly into a blank data-submission spreadsheet.

* Many ECF Graders will have written their own software of this type.


In method 1, when the time comes, the “button” will be pressed to create submission file output.


In methods 2 to 4, data is likely to be extracted or entered by the ECF Grader involved (as is the case with the current “Yorkshire Grader”).  Then, pressing the “button” creates the submission file output.


In method 5 the submission file has been created directly.


The submission file should then be submitted to the ECF-supplied “checker” program.  With methods 1 to 4, many checks performed will be unnecessary in that the generating program will have done things correctly, but with method 5 (applicable to very low-volume data) simple typing errors in grading reference codes etc will be picked up.  With all methods, checking that supposedly “new” players are not already in the system is important.  Failure to do this can result in a player getting a second grading reference code, and then appearing as two different players in the grading list.  The checker program accesses the latest version of the “master list” (of players) to check player details match up okay, and accesses the latest club list to validate any club codes entered.  If a player is entered without a grading reference code, then the program may suggest possible matches, some of whom may have only recently entered the system without the person supplying the data knowing.


The above pre-processing of the submission file needs to be done by an “ECF Grader”.  If monthly grading lists are introduced, then it might be a good idea if local leagues in Yorkshire who use ECF LMS appointed their own ECF Graders, enabling the “Yorkshire Grader” to concentrate on congresses and to go on holiday!













Data Source

Raw data
of various forms

chess-results.com (congress results)

Sevilla event organiser file on‑screen data

Pairing cards and
any other
raw data

Various sources











Data Entry Method

Keyboard data entry

Copy & Paste on‑screen data

Copy & Paste on‑screen data

Keyboard data entry

Keying data directly into Submission File











Data Submission Creation Program




User-Written Converter Software

User-Written Converter Software

User-Written Result-Entry Software





















ECF Grading Data Submission File



Checking Process

ECF Master Grading List

ECF-Supplied Checker Program

ECF Club List





Checker Program Output

On-Screen Warnings and Suggestions


In the fullness of time, the ECF may arrange to extract grading data directly from LMS, though that would put greater pressure on organisers to ensure data integrity and ensure supposedly “new” players are not lurking somewhere in the system.  Currently, the “ECF Grader” provides useful independent checking.  The day the whole process is completely computerised for all graded events is not foreseeable, and is unlikely ever to arrive.



Steve Mann