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 Post subject: Quality v. Quantity
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:42 am 
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I have compiled a list of players rated 150+ in the January 2013 ECF Grading List participating in the Bristol League this season . This only includes players that have actually played at least one game so far. I was staggered to find that the list contains no less than 75 players with a 150 or higher rating!! This is incredible as it gives evidence that the Bristol league is the strongest I can personally recall since I began playing in it from 1976. Only Horfield B have a team that does not contain players of 170 or over, yet it's still packed with very good players rated 140 to 165, but are a long way adrift having to play such strong oppositon every week. Clevedon A can just about field a 150+ A team which not so long ago would survive in the premiership division one with no problem at all. In division two, Grendel, have 130-175 players, South Bristol B, 142 -160 players, and Downend B, 146 -167, players, Clifton C have 140-160 rated players also. Then there is Cabot, and Keysham A, and Clevedon B also some players with 140-164 in their ranks. The strength of Division 2 is amazingly stronger than seasons gone by. We are playing chess now with no less than 4 International Masters, J.Cobb, I Muir, C. Beaumont, (Clifton) and J,Sherwin. (Bath) 2 Fide Masters, T.Mordue (S.Bristol) and P.Varley,(Thornbury) and 2 Candidate Masters P.Kirby and L.Roberts. (Thornbury) all playing in the Bristol & District Chess League.

Here is the list I have researched that shows how strong the Bristol & District Chess League has became. Now we can feel optimistic and take notice of the quality rather than the the quantity of the Great Bristol Chess league we now have.



Bristol ECF Graded players 150 +


Under 234

1.J.Cobb 233, 2. D.Buckley 218, 3. I.Muir 217, 4. H.Duncanson 213, 5.C.Beaumont 209, 6. S.Meek 203;

Under 200

7.B.Edgell, 198 8. J.Sherwin 198, 9. T.Mordue 195, 10. P.Varley 195, 11. N.Frost 192, 12. N.Hosken 190;

Under 190

13. P.Chaplin 187, 14. D.Pugh 187, 15. S.Dilliegh 187, 16.M.Lewis 187, J.Curtis 187, 8.C.Russell 185,
19.R.Garrett 184, 20. C.Jones 182, 21.R.Hearne 181, 22.M.Brigden 181,23.D.Grossett 180,24.P.Helbig 180, C.Mattos 180, 26.R.Thompson 180;

Under 180

27.P.Musson, 179 28.J.Humphreys 178, 29 I .Ponter 178, 30.G.Morris 178, 31. J.Waterfield 178, 32.P.Kirby 177
,33.M.Subira, 177 34.T.Thorpe 177, 35.D.Collier 176, 36.S.Roberts 175, 37.D.Osborne 175

38.A.Humphrey 174, 39.M.Davies 173, 40.C.Majer 173, 41.A.Munn 172, 42.D.Dugdale 172, 43.A.Gilbert 171,44.S.Greely 170:

Under 170

45.D.Vaughan 169, 46.I.Doklestic 169, 47.B.Pardeep 168, 48.I.Pickup 167, 49. D.P-Kooiman 167, 50.M.Harris 165,51.M.Owens 165, 52.S.Iles 164, 53.M.Levene 163, 54.D.Vanderpool 162,

55.C.Walley 162 , 56.D.Young 162, 57.P.Nendick 162, 58.G.Jepps 160, 59.N.Senior 160, 60.J.Hendy 160;

Under 160

61. L.Roberts 159, 62.J.Johnson 159, 63. D.Bennett 159, 64.R.Radford 157, 65.D.Froud 157, 66.H.Atkinson 154, 67.D.Macarthur 153, 68.A.Borkowski 153, 69.P.Spiller 153, 70.G.Sweetland 153, 71. A.Hibbit 152, 72.R.Pearce 152,

73.M.Dirnhuber 151, 74.D.Peters 151, 75. L.Beckford 150;

Under 140;

There are over 25 players rated 140+ also.


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