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by Joseph Conlon
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 31
Views: 1219

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Personal opinion: if there is one thing the ECF should ensure takes place, it is OTB British championship events in 2021.| The format doesn't have to be a large seaside venue in which all events occur over a week/fortnight and likewise large Swisses are not a requirement (there was a time when the m...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1515
Views: 138910

Re: Cheating in chess

There's a question of how quickly, presumably with coaching, a player could improve from raw beginner to acceptable standard ( say 80-100 ECF). The allegations are that players appeared to go from raw beginner one week to playing like Carlsen the next. Somewhere online are the games of Carlsen’s fi...
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Thanks, Roger. It is indeed helpful and it is good to see that the 'supervised activities provided for children' category holds in all tiers. I am still hopeful of going ahead while at the same time recognising that the government could announce pretty much anything over the next week in terms of po...
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2380

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

With a handful of exceptions, the production line of world standard young players packed up at least twenty years ago probably longer. The collapse of the Soviet Union introduced a lot more potential winners even on a one player per country basis. In regards to parental confusion with national team...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2380

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Interesting about the comparison of different junior events; to my eyes the British is always the British, particularly at younger age groups (maybe up to U12) as at older age groups the strongest players start entering the Major Open or main Championship. To my mind the UKCC has a bit of a gimmicky...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Alex - I’m afraid I don’t seem to have received it (sorry).
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Alex, This is I think proportionate based on the following factors: 1. The event is for U11 only, who are less affected by the virus and also less likely to transmit it. 2. Given the ages and the time control, each game will typically be 15-30 mins and hands will be sanitised before and after each g...
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Good luck but... is this really an event that is allowed within "the rules"? Don’t see why not - if you are thinking ‘rule of six’ and the like, ‘supervised activities for children’ is one of the specifically exempted areas. Plus, covid-secure venues like schools, council buildings etc are a bit di...
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Wadih: no, not beforehand. Not really sure what the purpose of such a list is?
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Simon: yes. As, indeed, it says on the entry form. Wadih: Yes, rapid 15+8 time control. +8 is intended as 5 seconds +an extra 3 seconds to wait for your opponent to sit back and increase distance before replying...but if this also restrains the instinctive bang-bang-bang of juniors blitzing at the s...
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

I am organising an OTB U11 tournament in Oxfordshire on the 24th October - obviously subject to potential changes in the rules on what is allowed and what is isn't.

Capacity 30.

Details on the ECF calendar or directly via https://forms.gle/QdA76Z5S64KntGrv7
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 60043

Re: Chess history trivia

John - have sent you an email with various full names from U9/U10/U11 in the late 1980s.
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3828
Views: 417763

Re: Media comments on chess

Some of the earlier photos are marked 2000 but look more like 1970/1980 - I'm very sure tournaments did not look like that in 2000!
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1122
Views: 55112

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

In the immediate future, clarity on "Rule of Six" would be necessary, noticing that in this context, more than six English juniors and presumably their parents had been able to assemble in a hotel venue for the recent European Junior online event. Indoor sports such as five a side football have rec...
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1515
Views: 138910

Re: Cheating in chess

So we have it that morally convincing arguments that someone is cheating go like this: Chess - he is *not* a strong player; if he were a grandmaster his moves might be legitimate, but as it is the chance of him playing like that, unless he is cheating, is infinitesimal Poker - he *is* a strong playe...