Michael Jones wrote:Incidentally, for a bit of trivia - is Warwick vs UCL (the Vases) the first instance in the BUCA tournament of brothers playing on opposite sides? I remember a few years ago the Eckersley-Waiteses did so in the Varsity match (in 2007 there were two on the same side - the Chakravortys for Sheffield).
They were in different teams last year, but never played. We were quite concious of the tournament situation, and the fact that UCL played Warwick in the Final Round.
One half of the Vas family was very upset with the realisation that UCL had to play Warwick. Indeed, the arbiter was all-but accused of fixing the draw. Warwick had lost to Aston in the previous round, and wanted to know why they, on 4 points seeking black, played UCL on 6 points, seeking white and downfloating. The fact that Warwick were the only black-seeking 4-point team didn't factor into the argument. The complaint was that Warwick were on a higher board than Aston, given Aston won against them. Again, the fact that Aston had been on 2 points before playing Warwick (who were on 4), and were seeking white, didn't factor into the argument.
We were advised that in future, if we were going to deviate from the laws of Swiss pairing, we should publish as much.
Cherniaev will have to up his game; it seems he has a rival.