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by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1950

Re: Old Chestnut

I wonder if having a women only section of the championship with say just 8 boards to start with and a proper trophy might be better - obviously a fairly limited number of entries initially but could perhaps work.
by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1950

Re: Old Chestnut

I don’t really understand the point of the proposal, it would be interesting to know what the views of female players are (in the sense of indicating that there is a barrier to their participation in County chess that this proposal would remove). WhenAlex H brought such a proposal forward (along wi...
by Jon Underwood
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1950

Re: Old Chestnut

I'd have thought any of the teams who might be competitive in the Open section could find a strong female player, but below that level it would just mean less teams entering.
by Jon Underwood
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: National Stages 2019

Draw is up there now.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: National Stages 2019

Also it seems Kent in minors.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: National Stages 2019

WECU is (I believe)

Minor: Devon
U180: Cornwall
U160: Devon
U140: Hampshire
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4529

Re: County Chess 2018-19

I guess at least you guys know they you have every chance of winning the national final with the strength of your sides, but most of the genuine minor counties are sick of cowardly open strength teams treating it as a plate event and winning year after year - the reason it is so hard to get captain...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4529

Re: County Chess 2018-19

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:47 pm
As Surrey won the Minor for the first time ever can we defend our title if our open team qualify for national stages but our u180S/U160S do not.?
No. The Open and Minor are mutually exclusive.
by Jon Underwood
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 7046

Re: County Championship Finals

2019 will indeed be the 100th time a national county Championship has been contested. The previous 99 winners are: 29 Middlesex 22 Lancashire 13 Kent 08 Yorkshire 07 Surrey 06 Cambridgeshire 04 Essex 03 Greater Manchester 03 Warwickshire 02 Oxfordshire 01 Leicestershire 01 Staffordshire The nationa...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: County Championship sponsorship

Finally if the ECF were by some fluke chance to come into money for this event where should it go? The entry fee is quite small but the more successful you are in the competition the more expensive it becomes. Nottinghamshire will spend anything between £200 and £500 each season merely paying for v...
by Jon Underwood
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: County Championship sponsorship

I’m not sure why “prizes” should “reinvigorate” the County Championship, which is after all an amateur competition. At the level suggested they really don’t amount to much if split amongst a winning team, and if they were at a much higher level they would possibly just increase the inequality betwe...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: County Championship sponsorship

Are you reaching for your chequebook yet Mr Rudd? No. Nothing you've said there indicates much return on the sponsorship income, which is what potential sponsors are looking for. What you've sold me there is advertising my firm to 1,000 people, which is nice, but not really worth £10,000 unless tho...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: County Championship sponsorship

Think d and e have happened in the chess columns - e many times. If a local team makes it to the final then that will get a mention at least down here. c also. a and b you'd probably need to have the competition built up first. If there is a company out there whose marketing brief is "Smart people u...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

Re: County Championship sponsorship

OK let's say there are around 1000 people who take part directly in various stages the county championship, and a significantly greater number who would be aware of it. But the game as a whole is much deeper than that. I would guess well over half of the population knows the rules and has played at ...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1248

County Championship sponsorship

Has the ECF ever tried to find a sponsor for the County Championship – which is, after all, an old and prestigious competition? I’d have thought the surest way to reinvigorate the county game at both union and national level would be to have prizes. A potential sponsor would get a pretty good reach ...