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by David Pardoe
Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe 14-16 October 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

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: 23322

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: 5538

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: 23322

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: 23322

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: 23322

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: 23322

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: 23322

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: 13568

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...
by David Pardoe
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13568

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... As regards your comments re time controls, and Urmston (and other clubs/playe...
by David Pardoe
Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 23322

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

18 is impressive and makes the swiss a little easier An even number is good too It makes the Swiss easier than 16 teams. However it will still mean that by the late rounds teams at the top will be meeting teams at the bottom; my view is that this will lead to some pretty unedifying chess. I`m not s...
by David Pardoe
Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 23322

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Hopefully No 17 will be Broadlands... that would add some spice to the top order. And if an 18th member can come forward to join the party, all the better..!! It maybe Broadland, but according the the 4NCL website, their top board last year is looking for a team; so maybe not or weaker team Shame t...
by David Pardoe
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe 14-16 October 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Crewe 14-16 October 2016

I`m just wondering what Crewe are doing to promote there new event.. Presumably they are sending leaflets to Congresses which are coming up... IOM ..maybe. plus Harrogate (which is this w/e...!! ) And notes to main league websites in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbs, Merseyside, Yorks, GMan and othe...
by David Pardoe
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 23322

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Hopefully No 17 will be Broadlands... that would add some spice to the top order.
And if an 18th member can come forward to join the party, all the better..!!
by David Pardoe
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 119
Views: 13568

Re: The Death of League Chess?

Joey.. My suggested changes (just above), refer to the normal evening leagues, to counter the lottery pot luck effects of the current blitz finishes.. They would pretty much guarantee that over 97% of games finished in one session, and that only a small handful of games would run to a second session...