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Stratification Issue

The EBU has two ranking systems:

National Grading System: performance based

Masterpoint Grade: lifetime achievement


Each year the EBU operates a Ranked Masters Pairs event where competitors play in sections based on masterpoint grade. More recently an  NGS qualification has been added to allow high performing pairs to play at a higher rank than their masterpoints would qualify them for. For example: any one graded an Ace on the NGS scheme  (61% or above) can play in the Grandmaster's Pairs which used to require a player to have accrued over 600 green points (no mean feat). This seems eminently sensible.

Where things get a little strange though is that a pair who would qualify for the Grandmaster's Pairs played in the 'B' flight at the recent Summer Congress, particularly as one of them has previously represented his country in the Bermuda Bowl!

It would appear sensible to attach an NGS qualification to the stratification criteria. E,g. For the B 'flight' you must be below Premier Life Master and be rated at most a Queen on the NGS (this corresponds to the entry criteria for the Ranked Masters).

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