Young, inexperienced and overly hot-headed BB player seeking top level advice and encouragement ;)
Some excellent advice on this thread for our "Lonely Hearts" correspondent ;D....... and for anybody else who is comparatively new to the Open Tournaments. 8-)
While it was really nice to catch up with so many of the "regulars" at Oxford, I personally also thought that it was fantastic to see so many new players (of all standards) there yesterday and I hope that they (and the regular participants) will encourage more people to take part in Open Tournaments in the future. ;D
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I should add my congratulations to both Tonys for making the final, and especially Tony Martin for winning. To win after losing 3 finals makes it incredibly well deserved. And well done barbelman for making the final - and there is no need to apologise for your acheivements.
I do agree that is nice to see different winners from time to time, it gives everyone that belief that maybe next time it can be them. That thought kept me going before I won one - in that you have to turn up to have a chance and you never know how the day will unfold.
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Just wanted to add my thoughts on the state of open tables recently...
Firstly, I agree with many peoples' sentiment; a slight quirk makes for a more interesting game. But...
I didn't go to the Oxford, in fact I hardly go to any opens nowdays. I remember when we used to go to Harwell and look forward to playing on a set of tables that were second to none - much better than pub tables. I miss that.
I would like the opportunity to beat top players on the best table possible (and I have done on the odd occasion!). I don't want to win with the table's help.
I'm sure that everyone gives it their best shot when setting up tables, and I know it can be hard to get the level right. Tables change during the day, but if they start off as good as possible, the effect is minimised.
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't look forward to playing on tables where you can't get the break, or the clock is broken.
Surely the new players who have attended the Oxford this year would have liked to see the best play possible?
I'll just keep going to the Pompey, Sussex and Kent to see my old mates, but I doubt I'll be going to any others.
Lastly, this all sounds horribly negative - it's not supposed to - they're just my thoughts. I sound like my grandad - Ah the good ol' days! :-*
ps - Then again, I'm going to Bournemouth - I bet I get the duff table! (and I probably deserve it for this post!)