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The new grades are out - so what to make of them!

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The ECF have now published the grades for each member of the club for games up to the 31st December 2012.  Grades are now published by the ECF every 6 months, and whilst the method for working out your grade is complicated, the basic thing to remember is it goes up if you win, and down if you lose! 

You can look up your grade should you wish via the ECF website here:

In total there are 14 players graded, with Stephen Mickelwright being the biggest improver with his grade going up 5 points.  Tona Colabella has also improved his grade, enough to be one of the top 5 players at the club.  Derek Laight is still the highest graded player at the club with 160 being by far the highest, some 31 points clear of his nearest challenger. 

Lower down though at the club lots of players have their grading close together.  No grading system can ever be perfect but in general most of the players at the club have competitive and close matches against each other so the grading ranking system accurately reflects that. 

Everyone who is graded has a grade of at least 95 with David Blower and Paul Wright being graded for the first time.  Mark Binfield and Daniel Binfield are still ungraded, Mark having played 8 games in the period up to the 31st December cut off!  Clicking the "include ungraded" players button for Brewood lists Mark and Daniel Binfield as ungraded players, where they can find out what their starting grade is. 

Hopefully your grade has gone up, but the most important thing is that we can all still enjoy chess, win lose or draw. 

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