Tag Archives: ECF

Latest ECF Ratings

The ECF has finally published the 2016 year-end ratings. For those who don’t know, unlike the USCF or FIDE, who update ratings very regularly, the ECF updates official ratings only every six months. I am very glad to report that … Continue reading

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Review – June and July 2016

Two bits of news for the two months of June and July. Firstly, the July 2016 ECF ratings list is out and I now have my highest rating yet, of 111 (1533 Elo). Nothing special, but at least I have … Continue reading

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Review – January 2016

Following a fairly dismal second half of 2015 (especially the last quarter) I was downgraded on the ECF’s December ratings update to 103 (1473 Elo), a drop of around 37 Elo points. Not a disaster, but a hiccup in my … Continue reading

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Review of 2015

Another year has come and gone. Another opportunity to reflect and learn presents itself. Although I feel I have made progress in 2015, that progress is not fully reflected in my rating yet. I started the year at ECF 97 … Continue reading

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Chess Ratings Distribution

I was struck by a recent forum post which pointed to the fact that there are not that many Grand Masters. Any chess player probably knows that, but what surprised me was just how few there actually are. Using the … Continue reading

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Season review – 2014/2015

The English Chess Federation (ECF) yesterday published the new grades for the year ending 30 June 2015. My grade is now 108, which is 1510 Elo. Although that is still a relatively poor grade, I made really good progress since my … Continue reading

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Becoming a Chess Master – Introduction

I want to be the chess player I can possibly be. I started playing chess late in life and my first official Elo rating with the ECF was 78 (1285 Elo) in June 2014. I want to capture my experience of … Continue reading

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