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by MartinCarpenter
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5521

Re: County Championship Finals

Sounds right to me :)

Many chess players seems to be creatures of stoic habit and (as you say) considerable residual loyalty, which I think is enough to explain why people do it. Otherwise how many would put up with evening league playing conditions?
by MartinCarpenter
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 5521

Re: County Championship Finals

Well done Lancashire (a few times it seems.). Also Yorkshire U180 - that's down to our old U175 captain having a grade that qualified him for U180 this year!
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 1752

Re: Yorkshire grading system

The York evening league is apparently planning on ECF ratings for division 1 but letting division 2 go ungraded.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Two annotated games
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: Two annotated games

Amusingly brutal :) There has I think been a few 5 .. c6 games on Chesspublishing but clearly the warning about that sacrifice hasn't spread down yet. It does seem remarkably effective. Presumably computer generated originally.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 18
Views: 1752

Re: Yorkshire grading system

Wouldn't be absolutely sure - the live nature of the calculations means that fixing a long standing mistake can be a relatively massive job.

Last I checked my brother still had one of my Woodhouse wins from last season :)

Good to hear about the league result service surviving. That is very useful.
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Pairings & Results
Replies: 17
Views: 1531

Re: Semi-Final Pairings & Results

Very impressed with the Yorkshire open team winning with some of our very top players out this year for various reasons.
by MartinCarpenter
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Pairings & Results
Replies: 17
Views: 1531

Re: Semi-Final Pairings & Results

I've a reliable report of Yorkshire winning their U180 semi by +3, so 9.5 - 6.5 I suppose.

And yes, the potential preemptive deterrent effect of this kind of fine was what worried me.
by MartinCarpenter
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Pairings & Results
Replies: 17
Views: 1531

Re: Semi-Final Pairings & Results

I can see why you'd do that of course, but is that really a good idea to encourage future participation in a declining event?
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 6190

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

There'll presumably still be a quota of scarily underrated juniors out there :)

They belong of course. Standard people who are just <2050 is another matter.
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..
Replies: 15
Views: 1923

Re: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..

Honestly, first and foremost being able to be hired at whatever cost is possible :) They do awfully well considering.
by MartinCarpenter
Mon May 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: North Wales Congress 2018: Change of Date
Replies: 4
Views: 909

Re: North Wales Congress 2018: Change of Date

I know its not your problem, but 200,000 visitors in/around Llandudno? Wow. Really can't imagine where they're all going to stay.
by MartinCarpenter
Tue May 15, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2725

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Truro- Trowbridge= 3hrs+ each way, 350 mile round trip. I'm guessing there were similar length journeys from parts of Surrey. A 2pm start would've meant setting off 10.30/ 11am, getting home 9- 9.30pm at best. I can't imagine there were many people there that wanted the chess to last an extra hour....
by MartinCarpenter
Tue May 08, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2017-18
Replies: 21
Views: 2158

Re: Division Two 2017-18

Why would WR2 choose to play down in the Midlands rather than Doncaster? WR1 has people from a bunch of places, but WR2 is nearly all Yorkshire players. More interesting to wonder whether they split up into 1 or 2 teams, or if/how many of their players get poached by Bradford DCA. My random guesses ...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon May 07, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 12547

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

They did just fine with the pairings under very difficult circumstances.

I hope Bradford can make a better fist of division 2 than last time out!
by MartinCarpenter
Sun May 06, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 86
Views: 12547

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

Great result from Bradford that. Really scary number of teams that could go up from here.