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by Jon Underwood
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 3188

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I'd be perfectly happy with any team being able to insist on a neutral venue if they specified that was the case in March, say. We're not asking for the earth, just a somewhat level playing field. Perhaps teams could be asked to indicate, when submitting their entries for the National Stages at the...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 3188

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

Thank you for your detailed account of events. I have edited my earlier post. When the final venue was revealed, and a good two months before the day itself, I put in a very polite protest to the ECF that we were unlikely to be able to get a team to Kettering should we actually make it. Are you say...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 3188

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

I'd be perfectly happy with any team being able to insist on a neutral venue if they specified that was the case in March, say. We're not asking for the earth, just a somewhat level playing field.
by Jon Underwood
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering
Replies: 29
Views: 3188

Re: Finals 13 July 2019 @ Kettering

This thread seems to be confirming the internet as the go to place for thoughtless, ill-informed abuse. First some context - Plymouth (Devon's largest city) is more than 250 miles from Kettering. Even the furthest small outposts of Lancashire and Yorkshire are around the 175 mile mark, and of course...
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

Re: Old Chestnut

Well we have to ask ourselves what is the point in playing in a competition where the final venue is so massively and obviously unfair it is going to be impossible to get a competitive team together. Because then you'd miss out on the fun of complaining about it? Thanks for that considered remark.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

Re: Old Chestnut

.. And Basingstoke is still a 5 hour round trip from Ipswich.. a long day. This brought a wry smile. Kettering is 250 miles and 5.5 hours from Plymouth on a summer Saturday. One way. As would be the trip from Bolton to Brighton... I had a idea that the semi and finals should be played like the 4ncl...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Semi finals 2019

The Under 180 will consist of two matches only, provided the final takes place. In the quarter finals, Lancs and Middlesex had byes, Yorks defaulted to Warks whilst Essex beat Cornwall. In the semi finals, Middlesex and Warks defaulted to Lancs and Essex. I would have thought the number of match de...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Semi finals 2019

Yorks won against Middlesex by 10.5 - 5.5 in the OPEN section...at Spondon. There were some match defaults again.. notably in the U180 section.. I guess Suffolk couldn't handle being in the Semis in both the U180 & U160 sections. Also, it could be that travel issues played a part. Traveling from Ip...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

Re: Old Chestnut

I had a idea that the semi and finals should be played like the 4ncl in the open and minor section I think anything that involves overnight stays is going to act as a deterrent rather than encouragement. Trying to hold all the finals in the same place is not worth it in my opinion (especially when ...
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Semi finals 2019

Yorks won against Middlesex by 10.5 - 5.5 in the OPEN section...at Spondon. There were some match defaults again.. notably in the U180 section.. I guess Suffolk couldn't handle being in the Semis in both the U180 & U160 sections. Also, it could be that travel issues played a part. Traveling from Ip...
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

Re: Old Chestnut

How about changing the rules for drawn matches such that before board count is female count: the team with more female players wins a drawn match. If they have the same number of females then it is back to board count, etc. It is only a small change but there are quite a few drawn matches. And it c...
by Jon Underwood
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

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. There are 73 women players graded over 130 according to the ECF grading data. Very fe...
by Jon Underwood
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Semi finals 2019

Suffolk conceded the Minor Counties to Devon.
by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 44
Views: 2663

Re: One Hundred years celebration

I've just been putting together our two teams for the quarter finals. Amongst the replies I've had several along the lines of "thanks for the invitation it's an honour to play for Devon and I'll be delighted to accept". No other competition is going to match that unless you are in with a shout of pl...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

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.