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by David Pardoe
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 8115

Re: Motions

Firstly, can I just say that, as a former county captain, having played county chess for several counties going back a few years, this format of chess is an excellent part of our chess calendar. Our first job is to recognise the place this has and the many aspirations it satisfies. We play to win, a...
by David Pardoe
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2016-17 - graded sections
Replies: 30
Views: 4664

Re: Counties Championship 2016-17 - graded sections

Saturdays U160 County match was a typical keenly fought battle, played at the Newcastle-U-Lyme Bridge club... a very pleasant neutral venue.
The best team on the day won.. so well done to Warks and good luck in your future matches.
by David Pardoe
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM
Replies: 103
Views: 10400

Re: ECF October 2016 – Minutes of AGM

It looks like a lot of squabbling going on here about ECF actions.. minutes, etc. As regards the Minutes of the recent ECF AGM... I`d rather wait and see these published in good order than have them rushed out to pander to a few bickering buffoons. Remember, the ECF is manned largely by unpaid amate...
by David Pardoe
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

The pairing system has been announced for Division Three North - from Round Five (ie Week 3) it's a Seeded Swiss. The pairing system for Rounds 1-4 is described as follows:- The pairing process for Divisions 3n and 4s Rounds 1 and 2 Rank the existing teams by 4NCL order from the previous season. Se...
by David Pardoe
Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Crewe Congress results..
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: Crewe Congress results..

Click on `final ranking cross tables` for full details..!! :)
You might even find an element of `murder and mystery` in some results....but hopefully all enjoyed the w/e chessing..
by David Pardoe
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Crewe Congress results..
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Crewe Congress results..

See http://www.chess-results.com/tnr242748. ... t=0&wi=821
Quite a decent showing for this first event..!
by David Pardoe
Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe 14-16 October 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1211

Re: Crewe 14-16 October 2016

Points noted... good to see numbers rising...!!!
by David Pardoe
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

I take your points Martin... but my suggested 3 groups /6 teams option is actually fairly straight forward if you stick to the basic method. Yes, as you say, other options are available, but any Swiss option needs to be seeded/structured, as part of the wider package... with various permutations of ...
by David Pardoe
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Chess vs 4NCL
Replies: 44
Views: 5444

Re: County Chess vs 4NCL

Doing away with the Unions would definitely not be a good plan.. The problem with Alex suggestion is that different areas might wish to enter different graded teams.. ie, say you took Cheshire Merseyside and Lancs + Shrops as one group.. Shrops might enter a Minor Counties and U 120 team, whereas Me...
by David Pardoe
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Hi Loz... No, I meant 3 groups of 6 teams, as initially suggested by Neil Graham, would be my preference.. This would mean that each of the three groups play out an initial 5-round all-play-all. This would be followed by a more formalized seeding of the top 6 teams (probably 2 from each group). Then...
by David Pardoe
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

And certainly its not good to have such teams targeting opponents in future rounds with pre-arranged team orders, designed to `take -out` the big gun opposition. That's been part of the cultural and sporting tradition of the 4NCL almost since it was founded. That's why fixtures are established well...
by David Pardoe
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

This split into two groups of 9 teams runs the risk of being branded too much as an `arranged deal`... with 8 pre-arranged rounds. ie, fixing the pairings too rigidly in advance smacks of potential control freakery and fixture manipulation.. Too much `pre -planning` is not really what the league nee...
by David Pardoe
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Indeed Loz..... and I don't suppose that cross pairing up the `odd balls` from each round would work either...??
ie, the `spare` in league `A` plays the `spare` in league `B`...
by David Pardoe
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 22521

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

With 18 teams you might split them into two `all play all` sections of 9 teams... then finish with a three round conventional Swiss. It should be fine provided the seedings are reasonably OK, and the split is fairly balanced....and should give all teams a fairly even range of competition. Remember.....
by David Pardoe
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13522

Re: The Death of League Chess?

Thanks for your comments John... As I said earlier, league chess is far from dead... many see it as the main bread and butter option for chess, and it has plenty to offer the aspiring new generation of chess enthusiasts... I can see your point, but like your venue in stockport is very hard to get t...