Drum roll please. Well I've had a few requests to publish MY ratings in a table form as a direct rival to World of Brass (4br) rankings and the BBW tables. You realise i'll be letting you in on a few of my secrets, ah well publish and be damned as they say... A little explanation first, I use the Elo system which (I believe) was first developed to rate chess players. It has almost exclusively been used to calculate A v B type competitions (i.e. Football, Tennis, Snooker) so I am one of the few that use it for multi-team/player events such as brass band contesting or the other great comparison to us, Golf. Elo doesn't stand for anything other the surname of it's inventor. The system works on 'points exchange', where a band wins points directly off of bands they have beaten and loses points to any bands that may have beaten them. As an example if band A is of an equal standard to band B (let's say they both had a rating of 1500 going into a contest) they would directly take 10 points from them in beating them, if on the other hand they already had a 300 point advantage over them (the difference between Cory & Carlton Main let's say) then they would only take 3 points. Conversely if band B beat band A having trailed by 300 they would gain far more points, 17 to be precise. So if a band plays to form and beats bands that they were expected to beat anyway then they would make modest gains, but heavy losses if they lose. Simples!! OK i'm going to publish my rating tables in full as they stand at the end of September and I'll update every month. In subsequent months i'll include a comparison to the previous month and list contests played at. I'll publish my 'World Top 100' and then i'll publish all british bands within their own regional outside of that top-100 (so you passionate 2nd/3rd section players can easily locate your band). If anyone wants me to publish other countries outside of their 'World Top 100' bands I will.