MartinCarpenter wrote:...basically being club players. Also plenty of them ultimately aren't really taking things all that seriously
Yes, spot on. The difference, the big
difference, is in the level of prep. In Div 2 (and of course, in Div 1), everyone
preps. Everyone knows that games are now public property, and will be inspected by likely opponents. So, unless you're very confident, you need a broader opening repertoire to avoid becoming a sitting duck. Moreover you can't just rock up to the board at start of play without handing your opponent a 90 minute prep advantage. Not everyone in Div 3 knows or cares about this. It's even been a source of contention among our players: several lower down "don't like" their games in public view; and are disinclined to modify their arrangements in the light of reality. Then they wonder why they lose!