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by MartinCarpenter
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 12820

Re: County Championship Consultation

Would we automatically get squashed flat? Some very strong top boards in the minors at times, but there's definitely some players around ~185 long term average who don't get in Yorkshire's team but are actually quite good at getting results off ~200 grades. (Just not very ruthless at the other end.).
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

York has its own internal politics - in which I've actually got relatively little influence. I can see how it could end up looking that way to someone but it absolutely won't be because they're juniors. I'd absolutely trust the person concerned & actually also our quite good record at integrating ju...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

I was just surprised because you've normally been so consistent. Glad to hear there's nothing really wrong :) Some slight annoyance about how it distorted the relegation fight but it does happen. Like the 7-0 to Central which was absolutely bad luck on Sheffield B's part! You might be right about cl...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

Nah, I mostly post on forums to waste time :) Sometimes to point out problems, because that's actually a useful thing to do. My point was actually quite simple - if a team like Hull B are seriously threatening promotion to the Woodhouse (and they are) then we've got a real problem with the gap betwe...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 12820

Re: County Championship Consultation

The proposal isn't to *scrap* it - rather it is (essentially) to make the minor counties teams play one match vs the full open teams before slipping into the minors. A nice challenge and maybe 1 time in 10 you might win. Whether anyone really wants the resulting round of extra chess in summer I'm no...
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Bradford’s Woodhouse team

I have reasons not to talk about that match too much ;)

I do think your second teams dreams of promotion maybe indicate a problem we've got developing about the gap between the Woodhouse and IMB. Nothing to be done there I think mind, beyond finding some functioning junior systems......
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: YCA
Topic: Bradford’s Woodhouse team
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Bradford’s Woodhouse team

Let’s use this place a little :)

Anyone know what has happened to Bradford A’s Woodhouse team? They defaulted their last match 8-0 and the Bradford A team who played yesterday looked awfully like the normal Bradford B team.....
(+ a couple of A team players.).
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 63
Views: 2717

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

I still can't understand the fuss about the link from Union qualifying <-> National stages - from where I'm sitting its been essentially broken for a decade or so anyway. Whatever keeps people happy :)
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 1014

Re: Yorkshire grading system

As long we're not in the MCCU section itself - geography deserves a little respect ;) Steve Mann's website is actually excellent: http://mannchess.org.uk/YCA.htm I'm not sure how well known it is since he only relatively recently branched out from his (excellent!) history website. As for the grading...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 1014

Yorkshire grading system

We seem to have somehow lost the domain registration for Yorkshire chess, so.... It seems like the Yorkshire grading system might well be coming to an end - Jon Griffith is certainly taking very well deserved retirement at the end of this season and hasn't obviously lined up a replacement yet. In ge...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Suspect he'll be happy to try and neutralise things and see if Kramnik's muse leads him to self destruct :)

Kramnik - Ding certainly has to be a huge threat to Ding's chances of emulating Giri.
by MartinCarpenter
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 12820

Re: County Championship Consultation

It does seem odd. They could always create a sister organisation or something.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 6254

Re: Snow Cancellations

That does seem unfortunately daft :( These split 4NCL weekends can make it very hard to find dates of course.

Don't think the weather this weekend will threaten 3N. Might be fun on the moors.....
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2266
Views: 95654

Re: The English Language

Nothing and essentially nothing - its really just adding an s to manage in a slightly fancier way.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 6254

Re: Snow Cancellations

For whatever reason(s) the trains have been allergic to Bolton (and beyond!) for quite some time now.....