Roger de Coverly wrote:
Gareth Ward wrote: My 20-point grading drop proves it was Guildford which was graded.
I cannot really comment on the lower sections, but looking up my personal record and those of my opponents seems to confirm that the top section at the very least was graded.
Checking local club members (unlikely to have travelled to Guildford) shows that they have 5 games in the July 1999 calculations as well, thus implying the lower sections were also graded.
E grades are based on as many games as available so E75 in 1999 would have been 571 (6 games) + 250 (5 games) so 821/11 = 75. The dispute is whether the 5 at 250 is Guildford or Bourne End.
Again not the bottom section, but there is an ex member who used to play in the Bourne End event, despite having retired from active play. He shows up in 1999 as well.
Roger - I think we are both
right. The 1999 BCF grading list was the unique one with a CD and showing how many games each player played in each half year, and the Rapidplay threshold increasing from 6 to 10 games. This BCF list, the ECF site, and the cumulative scores wallchart at the congress (and my paper record and spreadsheet) all agree on 9 of my opponents grades and for 6 of them the number of rounds of the congress in question.
Three of my Bourne End opponents played 5 games in the Jan-June'99 half year with the other two playing 9 and 11. I scored three draws with the highest 2 draws adding up to 252 and overall 415/5.
The first three Guildford opponents played 6 games that year, the 4th round one 5 games like me. My 5th round opponent has never been graded but his forename, geography, and performances at a Richmond Rapid 2009 and at Woking CC in 2012 are plausibly the same player as 98 on the congress wallchart. However a value of 69 would be consistent with being paired with 0/4 in round 5, and my 250 score on the ECF site.
I think therefore it is indisputable that the sections I played in at both Bourne End and Guildford in 1999 were both graded by the BCF, but my Bourne End results were not. Three of my first 5 Rapidplay congress results didn't get graded, so I am somewhat sensitive about it. The others were the last Kensington in autumn 1999 and Reading 2001, where I've checked some opponents also have no games in those years.