The last two days’ articles have provoked a flurry of comments – many thanks to all those who’ve taken the time to do so. If you haven’t already read these articles, please do, as they touch on issues that affect us all – mobile phones and the use of increments (Fischer timing). I’d like to hear your views.
Here’s a third topic which may provoke some discussion – promotion.
With the season fast approaching its conclusion, teams will be nervously watching the league tables, hoping either for promotion or wanting to avoid relegation. In the past there have been several instances of teams declining promotion. So today’s question is: Should a team be allowed to decline promotion, or should they be compelled to accept it?
The rules state: “The top team will be promoted to a higher division, if there is one. More than one team may be promoted if teams withdraw from a higher division” (Rule 29). The rules don’t say that promotion can be declined.
There will be situations where a team knows that promotion, if accepted, will be temporary because they will be too weak to remain in the higher division. This may be simply that the gulf between, for example, Division 2 and Division 1 is perceived as too great, or possibly the winning team may know it will be losing a couple of its ‘star’ players. But should they be allowed to stay in the lower division? It could be argued that if they do so, they will probably win the division again the following season.
Let’s hear your views!