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by Donna Wood
Tue May 20, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

Charles, I think you have exaggerated some of the comments slightly, Andrew certainly never said you were unable to run the project! That aside, I think the real problem here is the coaching side of the project. I am sure Charles you are working very hard and doing a very good job with the sets and...
by Donna Wood
Tue May 20, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

I have actually just started teaching chess at Yateley Comp John. The teachers helping me know of the Chess for Schools project and are eagerly awaiting the sets. I advised them to buy new sets, clocks , equipment and this they have done, explaining that the delay in receiving these new sets could ...
by Donna Wood
Tue May 20, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

When one of the best-connected people in English junior chess offers you help, you would be ill-advised to turn it down, let alone send your wife into action to defend your position. As I've said many times before, everyone wants this project to succeed ( so nobody wants the project to fail ). But ...
by Donna Wood
Mon May 19, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

I have actually just started teaching chess at Yateley Comp John. The teachers helping me know of the Chess for Schools project and are eagerly awaiting the sets. I advised them to buy new sets, clocks , equipment and this they have done, explaining that the delay in receiving these new sets could ...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

Charles W. Wood wrote:This has to work, imagine if it didn't. :(
This will work, you have an amazing team behind you and I have every confidence that in 12 months time, chess will be in every school, and we'll be busier than we could have ever imagined :D
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Ungraded Tournaments
Replies: 13
Views: 6360

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Nigel, The opposite is also true to some extent : many mature players are put off playing stupidly underated Juniors and playing someone whose rating is 18 months out of date. Perhaps they should be issued with a badge saying " Beware: I am stupidly underated junior who will contribute to the downf...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Ungraded Tournaments
Replies: 13
Views: 6360

Re: Ungraded Tournaments

How about creating team tournaments (ideally with schools) where no players with a grade are allowed to compete? As a student myself, I find that many children are afraid of playing the stronger "professional" (I use the term very loosely) players, and are thus put off from the game. If they know t...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Making Tournaments To help Juniors Become Adults
Replies: 14
Views: 4643

Re: Making Tournaments To help Juniors Become Adults

I think what is important to remember that juniors are slightly different to the adults and they way we treat them must also differ, kids are very easily put off if they have their confidence dashed! It's worth using some child friendly ideas especially in the tournaments to encourage kids to want t...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Mass Extermination
Replies: 16
Views: 7776

Re: Mass Extermination

Well, we don't kill because we are civilised and aren't crazy like the Soviet Union... :D Now its become an insult, The USSR is an area which is now mostly governed by Russia, they are not crazy just have different ways of thinking. Be careful here. :evil: I'm astonished and Charles will back me up...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Mass Extermination
Replies: 16
Views: 7776

Re: Mass Extermination

I can't see anything wrong with this thread at all, it's just some humour added to an otherwise serious forum. It's not supposed to be taken seriously, I'd have thought that to be pretty obvious... Its great, but we don't kill people that I know of. Its just daft. Very Very Very Daft. :roll: It's b...
by Donna Wood
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Mass Extermination
Replies: 16
Views: 7776

Re: Mass Extermination

I can't see anything wrong with this thread at all, it's just some humour added to an otherwise serious forum. It's not supposed to be taken seriously, I'd have thought that to be pretty obvious... Imagine you have a young child, who is thinking of starting up chess, he is browsing through the ECF ...
by Donna Wood
Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Mass Extermination
Replies: 16
Views: 7776

Re: Mass Extermination

Is there any wonder that chess isn't taken seriously? This is diabolical, we are trying to engage children into the sport, and as a parent if I saw something like this I would forbid my child from having anything to do with the ECF what kind of message does this give?
by Donna Wood
Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Free Chess Sets for schools
Replies: 121
Views: 22892

Re: Free Chess Sets for schools

I find any negativity necesary and in most cases absolutely essential, when doing anything, as it then allows for better planning to try and overcome any negative aspects. I like the whole idea in general, but I'm a bit shocked at how little notice was given to the general chess-playing public abou...