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by Jon Underwood
Tue May 22, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 4200

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: 4200

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: 19341

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: 19341

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: 6295

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: 6295

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: 6295

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: 6295

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: 6295

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: 6295

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...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 19341

Re: County Championship Consultation

Anyway from a personal perspective I think the biggest problem with the current arrangements is the way that teams are forced to choose between the minor and Open championships. I think there is a serious problem when the Open Championship appears to be struggling for teams whilst the Minor seems t...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 19341

Re: County Championship Consultation

Under current rules there are a limited number of players who are available for multiple (basically 2)teams. Average grading means that all players are theoretically available for all teams. Which means multiple captains competing for their “services”. More broadly I think that most people like to ...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 19341

Re: County Championship Consultation

I think I can say with some certainty that breaking the link between union and national stages would make almost no difference to WECU teams. Devon already pull out all the stops to try to win the Open and U-160 sections in the region, while only ever entering the U-180 section in the national stag...