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ECF On-Line Championship Practice Run
To enable players to get to grips with the ECF On-Line County Championships currently being launched (see updated notice here), a practice run (called “Preliminary”, though it has no qualifying status) was held on 06/06/2020. The Yorkshire team was paired against Norfolk. (Have these two counties met before?) As captain Daniel Sullivan put it: “A tough start!”
Norfolk had White on board 1.
@ The pgn file for board 1 records the game as being abandoned at move 10. Maybe there was a problem such as loss of connection. So, the 1-0 score line may not be essentially a technical one
On board 2, Robert Starley steered a game which seemed to have drifted off course into an opposite-coloured bishop ending, but the weakness of his king-side pawns was too telling, and the Norfolk player induced resignation after 79 moves.
On board 3, the Peter Ackley slipped up while under attack, and allowed a winning combination.
On board 6, Mate Ther established a strong rook on the seventh, but his bishop was next to useless, and his king had no entry points, and the players ended up repeating moves with their kings, so drawing.
Yorkshire’s wins on boards 8 to 10 all involved elementary mistakes on the other side. One suspects that players unacquainted with on-line chess can find it difficult to get used to it. Presumably one is playing on a 2D diagram, which contrasts with the 3D image with parallax which a real chessboard provides.
Fortunately this loss does not “count”. The captain’s post-match report to players was as follows:
The full list of pairings (and results when to hand) was as follows:
Odd numbers of teams necessitated two “triangular” matches. Lincolnshire was originally listed as though they had entered, so maybe they have dropped out, but they may simply have not been fully ready at this stage.
Detailed results of the above matches (which are in effect “friendlies”) are on ECF LMS system. The composition of teams shows that enthusiasm for on-line chess is limited, so that teams are nowhere near as strong as o-t-b teams from the counties involved.