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by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Barring state schools is wrong at primary level None of the organisations mentioned in this thread discriminate between state and independent schools. My remarks concerning the ECF NSCC U11 concerned only who participated by choice in the competition. There are actually tournaments aimed solely at ...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

I am not sure how you came to this conclusion I won't dispute your argument. It is at root a matter of perception, or perhaps of taste, and as others have been using Latin tags, this might be best filed under de gustibus non disputandum est. I will note only that I encourage children to participate...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

I have heard reports that both EPSCA and UKCC have declined entries from some schools. EPSCA may have declined entries from some schools, I couldn't say. Capacity is limited by the number of zonal tournaments held by organisers around the country; if this is the case, there is always a potential so...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

What I would suggest is that the ECF should not attempt to do everything - it's budget is always stretched as it is. If existing organisations and/or events satisfactorily fulfil a requirement in the English chess world, then the ECF should avoid competing or stepping on toes. Indeed they should be ...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

There are many people running junior events on an independent basis, which is fine, but sometimes people claim these events are something they are not. e.g. someone wins a UK Chess Challenge event and says they are a British Junior Champion, or someone runs a team event and players say they are pla...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Doesn't the ECF already run the National Schools which they inherited from The Times when they ceased to sponsor it? They also run a junior team event that is effectively for schools only. The ECF National Schools is an event for secondary schools, https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ . It is not ...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

I was a little surprised that Alex H. was still attending EPSCA's AGM, as I recall him flouncing off the Exec a couple of years ago.
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

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Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:55 am

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by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

A better process would have been to advertise and allow people who have been connected with a epsca to put in bids to run the event online this year. There are many of us including yourself who would no doubt have bid for this as we have been putting numerous teams in this event for many years and ...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Anyone know more?
by Paul McKeown
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

I was unable to attend the EPSCA AGM, due to connection issues. However, I understand it was an "interesting" affair, with Julian Clissold, outgoing chair, holding a vote on hiving off the profitable part of EPSCA, the Schools tournament, to a consortium of Sarah Longson and Alex Holowczak. Apparent...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unusual Openings
Replies: 14
Views: 770

Re: Unusual Openings

I think you may find that Max Euwe was suggesting this formula against the Grob before Hebden was born, never mind playing chess. Citation? Roger, I would love to help you with a citation, but won't be able to for some time. Most of my Dutch language chess books are stored in a box in my sister's l...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unusual Openings
Replies: 14
Views: 770

Re: Unusual Openings

From memory, I tried to make a Hebden idea work where you play Ng8-e7-g6 with ideas of Nh4 or Nf4 hitting the Bishop on g2. The problem was that Basman left the Bishop on f1 and then liberated it with e3 and c4. [/quote] I think you may find that Max Euwe was suggesting this formula against the Gro...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4023

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Concerning his paternity, I will be interested in seeing the proofs, and reserve judgement.
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4023

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

In that presentation, the slide on page 9 is relevant, listing the lobbying tracts he wrote, mostly on behalf of the slavers and against manumission. They can be found at the British Library.