The schedule was gruelling

Oct 16, 2008, 12:17 PM |

From I found this in the report: Nigel Short wins Commonwealth Championship 2008.
The schedule was gruelling: two rounds on the first two days, then two games on the third day (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.). This was repeated on the sixth day, so that the eleven games were crammed into nine days.

Gruelling?! This makes a typical American weekend swiss seem like a picnic! I tried to lobby the GCA for a schedule allowing only two hours between rounds for the Senior Open, and was rebuffed. My idea of a G/2 with rounds at ten am and four pm format was not even considered!
For the most part, the players participating in the Commonwealth are much younger than Seniors. Matter of fact, they could be the children, and granchildren, of our Senior players!

Speaking of Seniors...Congrats are in order to 93 year young Erik Karklins, who just tied for first in the expert section at the 2008 Midwest Class Championships, October 10-12th in Wheeling, Illinois!