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by David Pardoe
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4167

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

I meant just 2004 to be both the British and Commonwealth Championship, using an event 100 years old that was already arranged. A title British and Commonwealth normally makes no sense. The former is subsumed within the latter. I suppose some might see it as odd that people wanted a British Champio...
by David Pardoe
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4167

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Yes, I agree that a British & Commonwealth event could be attractive...one issue might be that you`d probably need to be more flexible with the venues, to give Commonwealth players a fair crack of the whip. However, to exclude the Indians just because some want an english player to win, looks typica...
by David Pardoe
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4167

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Roger, Thanks for your analysis... As usual, there are many reasons that can explain the numbers...or lack of them. Always an organisors headache trying to avoid clashes with significant competing events. I was surprised this year when looking at the prelims to our MCCU planning for the counties qua...
by David Pardoe
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?
Replies: 28
Views: 4167

Re: British Championship - rules in need of another make-over?

Yes, I agree that chess rules need a make over....and a pity that more of our top guns don`t participate in the British. The rules I`d like to see moderated are The move recording rule.....no penalty to apply unless opponent suspects foul play...when he/she should be able to approach the controller....
by David Pardoe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British come 4th in Olympics
Replies: 0
Views: 523

British come 4th in Olympics

What a good result that was. Just shows what the Brits can do when they pull together as a unit on the world stage. Coming in close behind the giant nations of China, USA, and Russia certainly gives us something to cheer about, and food for thought in other spheres perhaps. I see they are muting the...
by David Pardoe
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Congress - is there going to be one?
Replies: 7
Views: 1675

Re: Manchester Congress - is there going to be one?

Just as a follow-up.....the congress went pretty well this year, in spite of some `inevitable` clashes with other events. The 20% rise in entry levels was very pleasing, for which many thanks/appreciation must go to supporters and organisors. Harry Lamb and his team have been running this event now ...
by David Pardoe
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changes to schedule for national stage of counties champions
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

Re: Changes to schedule for national stage of counties champions

I like the idea of advancing the dates for the Qualifying competitions and the Finals. Personally, I`d like to see the qualifier events start in last week of September.....maybe finish first/second week of March. In theory, it might then be possible to schedule the final stages for mid April, May an...
by David Pardoe
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club chess.....the new season....publicity...membership..
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Hope your AGM went well Kevin... I`d just add that `books` can also be very helpful for training...as can a club library...sometimes players have books they have finished with, which they would be willing to give to such a club library. Many interesting hours can be spent in light research...and jus...
by David Pardoe
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club chess.....the new season....publicity...membership..
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Club chess.....the new season....publicity...membership..

Its nearing the start of another new season...at least for club chess. Our league programmes in the north west generally start in late September. Some clubs have no summer break, and are just finishing the summer fixtures. With the weather in this country, its becoming harder to tell summer from win...
by David Pardoe
Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress.....Reminders
Replies: 0
Views: 1315

Manchester Summer Congress.....Reminders

Hi, Below I`ve listed details of this years Manchester Congress....with an additional section for players graded U110....so now caters better for players of all standards....and improved prize fund. See also, details of accommodation `package` available close to venue. As an aside....the venue at Al...
by David Pardoe
Tue May 08, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: MCCU Proposal to reduce number of Boards in County Matches
Replies: 34
Views: 12578

Whilst I agree with the concept of politeness...a little lite banter can add some fun to proceedings. Its worth seeing how other bb`s operate for a broader view...Stifflng the debate is not what we should be about......just like very short statements can hide the underlying realities.....at times. H...
by David Pardoe
Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: MCCU Proposal to reduce number of Boards in County Matches
Replies: 34
Views: 12578

A good post Chris... yes, declining numbers are a concern...in the MCF it is a topic currently under discussion. So one of the real issues is....what can be done about this. At grass roots level, clubs and secretaries, and leagues must be more pro-active in trying to encourage new players into the c...
by David Pardoe
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm an ungraded player - get me out of here!
Replies: 5
Views: 2010

Hi Neil, Interesting comments....obviously this guy has played some chess previously.....maybe we need to get some information from such players about there chess history/experience.....maybe some internet chess...might be good to perhaps get some sample game scores for such players. I would add tha...
by David Pardoe
Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: MCCU Proposal to reduce number of Boards in County Matches
Replies: 34
Views: 12578

Re MCCU Motion to reduce County team sizes to 12 player

Hello, Just a few points.. Firstly...yes, it is not easy to get players for county matches...but that is part of the challenge. Neil is testimony to this...his views should be heeded. Mick mentions travel...yes,. this is a significant issue......it requires some hard work to turn out a team..particu...