A while ago we looked at the 1- and 2-point matches that have been entered into the UKBGF Ratings, and asked your opinions. A number of you took the time to fill out our survey – thankyou to you all! We can now look at the results…
While considering other issues around the UK Ratings recently, the question of whether 1- and 2-point matches should be included came up. We’re aware that there are some inconsistencies in the data we have – for example, some tournaments don’t routinely include one-pointers used as quick playoffs when they submit their results, some do. We would be interested to hear your thoughts!
Tony Lezard, creator and administrator of the national ratings service at https://results.ukbgf.com, explains what the ratings formula means and why the bar for changing the formula should be set very high indeed.
I sometimes receive suggestions for how the formula used for the national ratings service could be improved. It’s hard to argue that the current formula is unimprovable, but hastily changing it causes its own problems, even if the rationale for making a change is sound. Let’s examine this more closely.
Rick Janowski writes:
UKBGF Team Captain Tim Cross is awarded a Master (Class 1) Title
I have the great pleasure in announcing that Tim Cross has been awarded the title of Master (Class 1) by virtue of his excellent performances at two recent BMAB-Partnered tournaments held in the UK, the BIBA British Open and the St Albans Open. This award is an upgrade from Tim’s previous Master (Class 2) title and takes him to 4th position in the BMAB (UK) Ranking List.
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