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by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2307

Re: David Welch

A sad loss for the chess world. Amongst his many activities, for many years David was a great arbiter for the National School Chess Championships Finals at Uppingham School.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019

In the end 350 pupils representing 53 teams from 39 schools took part. There is a report and photos at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-secondary-schools-rapidplay-2019/ Winners – RGS Guildford A 25/30 2nd – Hampton School A 24.5 3rd – Gonzaga College, Dublin A 23.5 Plate winners – St Paul’s Girl...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2388

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Alex, has it changed since Richard Haddrell was grading administrator? In 2013 I sent him 2 parallel grading files. That evening he processed both of them. Each player was duplicated with the same pin in both files. First one: Sheet 2 Cell A20: New Player - Pin 152: yyyy, xxx Sheet 2 Cell A20: Possi...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2388

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

The problem is new players. Leyland will be using the grading list published on 22nd July, and so their "new" player may actually be an existing player who has already played in tournaments over the past 5 weeks. (Imagine a busier time of the year, say February or March, and this is more of an issu...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40422

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

There is a difference between breaking the rules and cheating. Have the rules been broken? Yes. Is loss of the game a reasonable penalty? Absolutely. Which shows that it is the rules which are wrong, not the arbiters or the players. Any rule which when broken which results in immediate forfeit of t...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 71
Views: 5722

Re: July 2019 grades......

Just as I was thinking I could play for the Surrey U180 team next season it has been pointed out to me that SCCA Main League 2018/19 (standard) Autumn games have been graded twice, so I may still be ineligible.
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

Could you list here the specific actions you believe help primary school chess club to continue with chess once they move to secondary school ? I'm not so much thinking of those who play chess outside of their primary school but the ones who only play chess in their school. If they only play in the...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

The year six children from Preparatory and other Independent schools will reply that their new school or college does indeed have an active chess club (I probably knew that anyway) but the children from state schools will be disappointed to tell me that their new school does not have a chess club n...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

Not just Sussex but also Kent, Essex, Herts and Berks do lots to support and encourage juniors transitioning into secondary school and onwards. It is one of the reasons why schools from the south east do so well in national competitions.
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

Does this above "problem" really matter and, if it does, what can the chess community that cares do about it ? I think it does matter, which is why I have done what I can to promote secondary school chess. But I do not think you can solve the issue within the school. A keen year 7 might get a chess...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019

30 schools entered as at 11th July — Abingdon School; Brentwood School; Brighton College; Bristol Grammar School, Chepstow; Churchill Academy & Sixth Form; City of London School; Eton College; Hampton School; Harrow School; Heathside Preparatory School; Hereward House; King Edward VI Grammar School,...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: DBS Checks
Replies: 4
Views: 2261

Re: DBS Checks

I am now starting up a new Junior Chess Club in Wallington and we would like to have DBS checks for our volunteers. In the past I used the service the ECF offered to registered coaches which worked very well but this has now ceased. Is there any free route for chess clubs or do we now have to pay an...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

Jim, Roger is correct. Please ignore the league tables. I am sure the full results of this event will soon be published by the organisers. In the mean time one approach would be to look at every draw and decide who won. City of London Boys School won 2 matches on board count, and thereby won all 4 f...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

The final is Hampton School vs City of London Boys School
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

Whilst the individual match results are correct the table is not as this is not a Swiss tournament but a modified knock out.

Tomorrow morning the semi-final matches are:
RGS Guildford vs City of London School
RGS Newcastle vs Hampton School