So this evening I'm heading for home, sitting quietly on the train and reading about Nicolas Sarkozy's fleet of planes in Monocle, when suddenly the cell rings. I answer. Before I could utter my final syllable I am hit with a barrage of expletives.
"If you're rated 1875, where the f**k can you play chess in [the state of] New South Wales these days?" said my caller. Not in the f**king state championships, not in the f**king grade matches and not in the f**king City of Sydney, he bellowed.
I'm shocked. I'm confused. I had no idea what this guy was on about. Slow down, I pleaded.
First, I don't remember the City of Sydney being held this year and second, the 2009 State Championships hasn't been announced. Still my caller insisted, this time using a different rating. If you're 1900, he said, you can't play in the State Champs because your rating is too low and you can't play in the Grade matches because your rating is too high.
Intrigued about all this I decided to check online as soon as I arrived back home.
The NSWCA website has no info, that I can see, about this year's State Championships but there is a whole section on the currently ongoing Grade Match competition. Here are the rating divisions:
Yep, that's right: no 1900 plus. What the f**k is going on?