In the first table below (Top Players), the 10 highest rated players in the Sep 2010 list are shown. Previous rank and rating change are shown in brackets for players who were also ICU members in Sep 2009. The recruitment of foreign stars into some of the NCC teams has clearly had a large impact.
The second table (Top Improvers) lists the top 10 members with the biggest improvements between Sep 2009 and Sep 2010 (not including players whose ratings are still provisional). Note that 3 players (Ossine Murphy, Eoin Minnock and Brendan Tecklenborg) are in this list for the second season running (compare)!
|Top Rated||Top Improvers|
The number of rated tournaments and rated games over the last few years is shown below. It was compiled treating a season as running from September to September and using tournament start dates to assign them to their corresponding season.
FIDE Rated Tournaments
A record 9 tournaments were registered and rated (or are waiting to be rated) with FIDE: the Armstrong, Dun Laoghaire Grandmasters, Dun Laoghaire Masters, Gonzaga, Irish Championships, Leinster Championships, Leinster all-play-all, National Club Championships, Phibsboro Club Championships.
Tournament organisers are reminded that:
- Strictly speaking, tournaments should be registered at least one month before they are played. The procedure to follow is to email details to the who then registers the tournament on the FRS (FIDE rating server).
- FIDE charge a fee of 1 per player per tournament. So far, the ICU has always paid these fees.
- When the results of tournaments are submitted late, FIDE impose a fine on the ICU, so organisers are kindly requested to submit their results promptly after the tournament has finished.
The two main modules of the planned new ratings website (tournaments, ratings) are now complete and the final phase of designing and implementing the user interface is ready to begin. With any luck, 2011-12 will see the introduction of a beta version, with go-live penciled in for 2012-13.