Posted by Pat Holtz on 18 January 2010 22:19
Cheers for some input here guys.
Stevie why would ranking points for the Scottish take away the glory of having the title?
I'm sure I can speak for all the previous champions and tell you this is not the case........everyone is proud to be the Scottish Champion and gain valuable ranking points in doing so.
It has always been unseeded with open draws, since day one so your comment about winning it with the aid of seeding is false.
I will leave the part you said about "beating the best" as Jas has already covered this flaw.
I don't think for one second that the most important event in our calendar should not carry ranking points and like JB, I think it should carry higher points than the IM.
Do you think any suggestion around the Scottish should be brought in immediately for 2010 that impacts one person or should it wait to the following season 2011 whereby everyone knows the full impact?
I think the romance and attraction of the Scottish is the open draw format and the chance to gain valuable ranking points for the lower ranked players, hence the main reason for such high entries.
Stevie, I have two further questions for you.....
1) Apart from the IM rankings, what do you think about the loss of IM5 to the lower ranked players (ie. giving someone else a chance to win)?
and 2) what about the effect this could have on the Super 11s and Super 15s events with the top 16 not required to qualify?
Cheers for the input. *tup*