National Club 2017

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Jonathan Rogers
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:24 pm

Bob Kane wrote:Its a disgrace that the ECF should degrade its own heritage tournaments.
This tournament should be promoted to every club in the land. A team of four is an ideal number for an outing by car once a year.
4NCL directors recused themselves from the vote ~ good, but what about the ECF directors on the 4NCL payroll as arbiters ? did they feel any conflict of interest?

the ECF received a commission for hotel rooms sold at the Nat club open , this income will now be lost.

no wonder fees are rising !
Bob, the 1990s are calling and they agree that there should be sufficient interest in the event :P

Bob Kane
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Bob Kane » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:57 pm

A combination of prize money/ sponsorship would soon attract teams to the open,that plus a place in the European teams event of course.

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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:13 pm

Bob Kane wrote:A combination of prize money/ sponsorship would soon attract teams to the open,that plus a place in the European teams event of course.
If a club needed to hire players to give itself even a half chance of winning, the rules would ban you from taking part. A typical local league first team over its top four boards might have 1*200-210, 1* 180-190, 2* 160-180. That's nowhere near strong enough to make entering an Open plausible. A London league team with 4* 200-210 might do rather better and be legitimate locally, but such teams are reluctant to travel, even to take part as themselves in the 4NCL.

Jonathan Rogers
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:02 pm

Bob Kane wrote:A combination of prize money/ sponsorship would soon attract teams to the open,that plus a place in the European teams event of course.
Yes, the 1990s are talking about the Leigh sponsorship very enthusiastically. And awarding a ECC qualifying place would mean that England would, in theory, be reduced to two nominations: we are generally only entitled to three nominees that finish in the top half of an event with over 20 GMs, ie, the 4NCL.

David Gilbert
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by David Gilbert » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:04 pm

It's begun. I've just entered two teams, one each in the 150 and 125 sections. I hope to see lots of returning faces and some new ones too. It really is a fantastic weekend. I can't see an entry list - so maybe we’re first. Any others mulling it over? Some big questions - will the mighty Redditch be back after winning two titles last season and can our perennial rivals Greater London (we meet six times this season) repeat their successes of 2016? Love chess - see you there!

Dan Lambourne
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Dan Lambourne » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:35 pm

We (Redditch) are currently struggling for enough players to confirm to attempt to defend both our titles.
With two weeks or so before the entry fee price rise, we are hopeful that we can still put in two teams, but it may be only one.

Neil Graham
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by Neil Graham » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:43 pm

Can someone advise what the entry fee per team is? The on-line form just seems to say it will rise to £30.00 a team in March.

David Gilbert
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Re: National Club 2017

Post by David Gilbert » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:38 pm

Neil Graham wrote:Can someone advise what the entry fee per team is? The on-line form just seems to say it will rise to £30.00 a team in March.
Neil - It's £25 per team, but you get £10 off for every three people staying at the hotel. So we have two teams (£50) and nine people staying overnight (-£30). So for us, the overall fee is a very reasonable £10 per team.

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