Playing Strength versus Rating Order

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Playing Strength versus Rating Order

Post by John Upham » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:30 pm

Just to lighten the mood...

Another one of my bugbears is my belief that Captains should attempt to field teams in order of playing strength rather than strict rating order.

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Re: Playing Strength versus Rating Order

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:09 pm

Another one of my bugbears is my belief that Captains should attempt to field teams in order of playing strength rather than strict rating order.

Bizarrely in the world's premier team event (the Olympiad), they have to do neither! You get the team's best player down the order in an attempt to win a board prize. The only required order is that you have to number players 1 to 6 at the start of the event and you cannot change.

Tactical use of board orders is common practice in the 4NCL which is the reason behind the 80 point rule. Outside of that it's not common and often not allowed by league rules. Rating order is objective whereas playing strength is subjective.

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Re: Playing Strength versus Rating Order

Post by Bill Wilson » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:26 pm

Totally agree. Providing some rule such as a 10 point grading difference maximum.

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Re: Playing Strength versus Rating Order

Post by Nigel Wright » Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:02 am

Indeed it is, but it is still a major issue and something needs to be done about it...
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Re: Playing Strength versus Rating Order

Post by Greg Breed » Fri May 02, 2008 1:27 pm

I posted a reply related to this topic in this thread:-
http://forum.bcfservices.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=167
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