So there’s been no love so far for either halving the size of Division 1 or removing promotion and relegation. But perhaps Option 3 is James Turner’s suggestion: re-inflate Division 1 to 12 teams, so at least 3 teams will be fighting to avoid 2 relegation places. (Or even to 13, which would equalise the whites and blacks.)
What if we tried a one-off “reset” of Division 1’s membership, but without removing promotion and relegation? On the basis that a team who didn’t care very much to be the 10th team in a league of 10, might feel better about it if they could collude with two other teams, ahead of the League Meeting, to all enter Division 1 at the same time?
(Regarding the other two divisions, I would prefer 12-8-10 to 12-11-7, with a mid-season split in Division 2. Firstly because Division 2 is “sticky” – if after a season you need to juggle the numbers, you can usually convince teams to come up to Division 2 faster than you can convince them to drop down to Division 3. Secondly because leaving Alnwick in a 10-team Division 3 rather than a 7-team Division 3 means you can give everyone else 4 homes, 4 aways and 1 Alnwick-away.)
The “Big 8” clubs right now are Durham City, Forest Hall, Gosforth, Jesmond, Leam Lane, Morpeth, South Shields and Tynemouth. That leaves 4 places. Which of the following teams/clubs would be willing to join a 12-team Division 1 with three of the others?
Forest Hall 2nd team – YES
Tynemouth 2nd team – YES
Morpeth 2nd team
South Shields 2nd team – YES
Gosforth 2nd team
Leam Lane 2nd team
Jesmond 2nd team
Durham City 2nd team
Nothing reassures an anxious public like a fixed-width table. Party like it’s 1989!
Rec = received. Sub = submitted.
Dec Jun Northumberland Rec Sub Rec Sub League Yes Yes Yes No Summer Knockout '18 No Summer Knockout '19 ---In Progress--- Individual Champs Yes Yes Yes No Congress '18 Yes Yes Not held: Rapidplay '18. No info: Rapidplay '19. Dec '19 list: Congress '19. Gosforth No Yes No Morpeth Yes Yes No No South Shields Yes No No Tynedale No Yes No Tynemouth Yes Yes No No info from: Alnwick, Forest Hall, Gateshead, Jesmond, Leam Lane, Newcastle University. Dec Jun Durham Rec Sub Rec Sub League Yes Yes Yes No Individual Champs No No Ungraded: Ron Evers '18, Ron Evers '19. Not held: Congress '18, Rapidplay '18. No info: Congress '19, Rapidplay '19. Bishop Auckland Yes Yes Yes No Durham City No No Cleveland grader doing: Darlington, Hartlepool, Peterlee. No info from: Hetton Lyons. Dec Jun Darlington Rec Sub Rec Sub League No Yes No Dec Jun NCCU Rec Sub Rec Sub Club Championships Yes No County Matches Yes Yes Yes No
As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m going to be changing the website server that hosts the Northumberland Chess website. From the 28th of June, the website might be inaccessible for a day or two until this is completed. Everything will look very similar and you’ll still be able to access the website at www.northumberlandchess.com. A few upgrades that have been made will become live as well.
South Shields Chess Club invite you all to come to The Word Central Library in South Shields and spend a few hours to play some blitz chess on the 6th of July 2019, the competition will be FIDE rated, many people will already have a FIDE Reference number, but if not all we require is your date of birth, we intend to run a 9 round competition, starting around 11am and finishing about 3pm, including a lunch break. The competition will be in THE ROUND, the top floor exhibition area, you will have fantastic views overlooking the Tyne river. Free parking at the Mill Dam car park the building is fully accessible with lifts taking you up to the 4th Floor. We have a limit up to 60 players so we would advise that you book a place in advance to secure entry. Prize money may vary subject to the actual number of entries on the day, but it our intention to split any profits, if there are any, 50% to the Durham Chess congress next May and 50% to Cancer UK.
1st Prize £150
2nd Prize £100
3rd Prize £50
2 x grading prize of £30 (cut-offs to be decided on the day according to entry), Junior (U18) prize – £20, Senior (S65) prize – £20
Maximum of one prize per entrant.
Advertised start time: 11:00am
Time control: 5+2 (game in 5 minutes with a 2 second increment)
Entry £10, payable on the day but please advise you are coming so that we can prepare the admin. Current entries can be viewed on Chess Results.
Email for entries: email@example.com and any more information you may require about the event.