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Online Counties Championship June 2021.

Posted by ian on June 2, 2021 at 4:25 AM

Manchester is thinking of put a team in the online county championship and hope to get a team out in either the open/1900 and under 1800 team (we won the plate Championship last year)

I appreciate that time is short in respect of ascertaining player availability generally and for round 1 on 12 June, so when contacting players do enquire as to both. My apologies for the short lead in. Scheduling and format adoption have been particularly challenging against moving goal posts elsewhere and a wish to prioritise over-the-board activities.

Team entries Close at 6pm on Friday 11 June.

Initial Player Registration on LMS for R1 closes at 8pm on Friday 11 June

Veiled LMS Team entry by 2pm on match day which for Round 1 is Saturday 12 June at 6:30pm.

Further to the earlier publication of the competition dates we have settled on a streamlined format but preserving the three core Championships from the first season, with Division 2 becoming an average team rated Championship (not exceeding 2020).and keeping the previous 6:30 pm early Saturday evening time slot (there was no consensus as to an alternative).


Minor Open 1900 (average team rated)

U1800 (player rating)

Please see the attached synopsis which hopefully covers the essentials. Captains will be able to agree (with permission) 10 or 11 board matches instead of 12 and are free to increase the number of boards in any match, though only the first 12 boards will count towards tie-break application (save for Match Points, where all boards will count to determine the match outcome).

Qualifying league all-play-all groups have been replaced with a Team Swiss structure to reduce the number of mismatches in each Championship and in the expectation of less interest second time round; though do prove that wrong !

For captains the administration burden has been reduced as much as possible with everything conducted through the ECF LMS. Counties should let me know asap those who will require administrative access to the LMS for player registration so I can arrange logins for those who do not have one.

The Knockout Finals have moved to September. Please note the new date of 11 September for the semi-finals and that in the event that the preseason OTB regional competition is not held, that the semi-finals will brought forward to 4 September and we then expect to use 25 September for the North v South Blackburn Challenge match (currently without a fixed date in the ECF online calendar).

Enhanced Fair Play arrangements will be in place in line with current ECF policy particularly for the knockout Finals Stage

Contact John Reyes for further details. email address:

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