IM Jack Rudd wrote:Alex Holowczak wrote:David Pardoe wrote:And West Yorkshire is a county
I'm sorry, but no it isn't. Greater Manchester isn't a county, and West Yorkshire holds exactly the same administrative status as GM. Specifically, that of a metropolitan county, not a ceremonial county (which is what we historically know as a county).
Except that the County Championship doesn't specify whether the counties in question need to be metropolitan counties or ceremonial counties. (Or, in some cases, neither: "Cheshire and North Wales" is the one I'm thinking of.)
Well, yes. They don't need to be affiliated to the ECF as a County Association either, as the MCF are a Constituent Unit.
I still think we should be keeping to the traditional counties for county chess. Everyone apart from the NCCU does. I learnt this weekend that the last time this came up in the Birmingham area, there was an overwhelming majority in favour of keeping the status quo.