National Handicap Pairs?
One suggestion we have had is for there to be EBU events handicapped by NGS. Putting this together with the popularity of our Masters Pairs last year being run in clubs and by clubs, I wonder if we should run a National Handicap Pairs on the same basis.
The way I imagine it, clubs all over the country would run and promote the event, primarily for their own members but also allowing others to join in. It would be scored across the country, but each pairs' score would be reduced by the average of their NGS grades (we'd add on a constant to everyone's scores so that they are in the familiar range with an average of 50%). Master points and prizes would be awarded based only on the handicapped national result, and we could have a trophy for the overall winners. Obviously anyone playing in it would need to have a public NGS, at least for the period over which the event is played.
My questions are:
* If you are a club player who doesn't regularly play in EBU events, would this appeal to you?
* If you help run a club, would you be interested in running such an event for your members?
* Do you think such an event should be a single session, a double sesssion, or something in between?
* Do you think this would be best on a Sunday (which is when we run our other national one-day multi-venue events), or some other day of the week?