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by Jon Underwood
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 1807

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: 1807

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: 1807

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: 1807

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 ...
by Jon Underwood
Tue May 22, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 4800

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

As for getting strong teams, average grades will probably help the bigger counties more, but at least they will have somebody to play. There might have been the fear that if you had, say, a Surrey v Somerset under 160 match based on average grade, that both teams might just under 160, but the Surre...
by Jon Underwood
Tue May 22, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 4800

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"Poor old WECU bringing up the rear again..." I would imagine WECU has the lowest population of the Unions? It'd be the population of the individual counties that matters, but maybe not as much as having someone to actually get the team together. Hampshire is in WECU with a pretty sizeable populati...
by Jon Underwood
Mon May 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 4800

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Poor old WECU bringing up the rear again...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 21054

Re: County Championship Consultation

In WECU, EACU and the MCCU, the strongest team they can put out is eligible to play in the Minor. I'd be amazed if this claim was true for more than a very small number counties. You only need to look in the grading database for players who are listed as playing for their county chess associations ...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 21054

Re: County Championship Consultation

Still only need 3 weekends for this competition so again no different to the current ECF stages In terms of competing for available weekends with summer Congresses, then no different. Are you not proposing though that weekends 2 and 3 will have matches on both the Saturday and Sunday? For teams wit...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Actually I think an additional competition along the lines of the minor counties would have been a good idea, something like an Open for the big counties, Major (ave < 185?) and Minor (ave < 170?) would be worth thinking about. The latter could have second teams in it I suppose. I'd have abolished t...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

One of the most disturbing points of the debate is the reason most counties do not enter the Open is because they cannot field a competitive team. I would say that 12 out of 16 teams in division 1 of the 4NCL will not win. It can be like that in some league competitions. Every year 100s of football...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Why not let both Unions enter a combined counties team in the Open section.. There are some possible ways of increasing participation with a bit of imagination. The ECF have no interest in weakening the eligibility criterion for the Counties Championship as evidenced by the complete absence of any ...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Like many here, I love county chess and see it as important so I really appreciate the efforts of everyone involved to help keep it in the best shape possible. I must admit though that when I heard that Sussex had been drawn against Lancashire in the Open section I thought it was an April fools'! T...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

(WECU has already cut its regional stage matches in the U-160 to twelve boards, incidentally. Most of the counties find finding 28 players on one day challenging enough, let alone 32.) It's cut to 12 when the captains agree but can be 16 - this year's Devon vs Cornwall U160 was over the full 16 boa...
by Jon Underwood
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 69
Views: 7393

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

There doesn't seem to be that much left in the proposals. I've asked our delegate to vote against them all.. Especially the one which apparently abolishes the minor counties. If that happens it is very likely that Devon will drop to zero entries next year as I won't be captaining a team to drive a f...