ECF Inter-County Chess
Papers published ahead of the 2021 ECF Finance Council Meeting on 24/04/2021 include proposals on changes to the structure of the ECF County Championships, to be found at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/C34.13-14-Changes-to-the-County-Championships.pdf. That document seems to predate decisions made regarding the unfinished 2019-20 championships.
Statement from the Director for Home Chess
The Director for Home Chess has issued the following statement regarding over-the-board inter-county chess, this being item 13 on the Agenda, “to note” (meaning it is not something to be voted on):
(The ECF does not have the right to direct Unions as to the conduct of their own arrangements for nominating counties for the 2021/22 ECF county finals; it is a matter for individual Unions to decide what they do, but this is a minor point.)
The ECF plans in 2 and 3 above are of course subject to Government response to developments in the current pandemic.
Proposed Restructuring of ECF County Championships
Council will be asked to approve an inter-county competition structure consisting of an Open section plus only 4 rating-limited sections, rather than the previous Open plus 5 grade-limited sections, as follows. Yorkshire team captains and officers are being canvassed for views by e-mail. Views of players are welcomed to influence how Yorkshire votes.
These are upper rating limits for each player in a team (as is current practice) rather than averages over all players in a team.
Players’ ratings as regards eligibility and board-ordering rules would be based on the monthly rating list in effect at the start of the season. This will be the Original Official September list as published unless otherwise specified by the Counties Controller.
The above-mentioned paper says, “Feedback has been generally supportive for 100 point Elo boundaries and with a clear preference for reducing the number of rating bands to make it easier to provide county teams going forward.”