So let’s continue with this theme and have a look at board order.
In the Suffolk League we are allowed to play ‘out of grade order’, provided there are no more than ten points difference. So, for example, a 120 grade could play on a higher board than a 130. Things get a little more complicated when the new grades come out in January. For league matches, we use the new grades to determine board order, but for graded competitions such as the u125, we still use the August grades for eligibility purposes, although the January grades apply for board order.
This all seems rather complicated. Is there a better solution? Should we play in strict board order and allow no tolerance? Should we use the August grades throughout the season and ignore the January grades, as far as board order is concerned? Several years ago we were allowed a 15-point margin, but this was reduced to 10 points at an AGM. Is 10 points the best answer, or should it be more, or even less?
Let’s hear your views!