Alan Walton wrote:Jonathan, the problem is using ECF grades is that the FIDE rating is used for the norms ...
That’s an entirely reasonable objection per se.
We have to make choices, though, don’t we? The trouble with the Championship as it has become is that it’s simply trying to be too much for too many. It has to be an opportunity for young (maybe under-rated) players, it has to be an opportunity for norm seekers ... well it can’t really be both. The other issue as raised in this thread is that it had to raise a certain amount of money too. Well, fine if that’s your goal but that’s going to conflict with other goals - e.g. a championship tournament worth the name.
It’s somewhat off topic but I don’t think your comment about the ECF generating elo rated tournaments is really fair to them. At least it doesn’t apply in London where i live.
There’s a rating problem here, but there’s no shortage of elo-rated tournaments. I personally played 23 rated games in Gatwick between May and November last year. I could have played 5 every month in Hampstead. There are one or two events long play in Golders Green a year. Heading south there are several in Cousldon. There’s International Students once a year. All of that before you even start thinking about tournaments slightly further afield (e.g. St Albans which is commutable).
I got my first elo rating in 2011. In the two years or so immediately afterwards my elo rating crashed 100-150 points whilst my ECF went up 10 points. The method was mostly as David S described above. I won games against unrated elos and lost games to rateds.
These days my ECF is back to about where it was in 2011. My elo rating is 250 points lower.