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by Neill Cooper
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Some discussion about this competition has been posted at viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9373#p207831
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

I think some philosophical thought about the competition is needed about its future format. It should be a prestigious ECF event, yet it has routinely struggled to find an organiser and its own slot in the calendar. I'm grateful to you for organising it in 2018, even if my own commitments prevent m...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

Great to hear of all these events. What rate of play do you use for 3 rounds in a day? Hopefully most of these counties will play at the ECF U18 County Championships at Grantham on February 25th. Historically there was an ECF U18 county girls event - should we consider re-instating that? Entrants we...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 343

SCCU U14/U130 tournament

I think the SCCU U14/U130 tournament are the only inter-county junior matches (as opposed to Jamborees) still taking place. It gives a chance for those who have moved to secondary school to continue playing for their county, and to keep on playing chess. The first match of the season took place last...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 381

ECF U18 County Championships 2018

I am pleased to announce that the ECF U18 County Championships will take place in 2018. Brief details are given below. Date: Sunday 25th February Place: The King’s School, Grantham Sections: ECF U18 Open (12 players) and U18 Minor (6 players, grade limited) Organiser: Neill Cooper, ECF Manager of Sc...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2103
Views: 225714

Re: Media comments on chess

Hyundai using chess to advertise on the back of this week's Economist.
I wonder if they would be willing to sponsor chess?
by Neill Cooper
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

Now up to 153 teams from 98 schools. The largest entry in seven years, but there is still the opportunity for more teams to enter at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open-2/ For the past entry figures see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Schools_Chess_Championship which was largely taken fro...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4385

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

In view of Peter's clear passion and success in promoting chess in Universities, should he not seek to work with the British Universities' Chess Association (BUCA) so that there is a single, unified organisation for University Chess providing multiple opportunities each year for Inter-University Che...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

The deadline for entering a local school league is Saturday 30th September. After that date you can still enter a Regional qualifier, but only if it is not full up. Entry for the U19 Open event is now up to 129 teams from 80 schools. Details and entry form at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 5
Views: 971

National School Chess Championships 2017/18

Entries are now being taken for the U19 National School Chess Championships The Regional stage (like the Times Tournament Zones) is in the spring term, but schools need to qualify to play there. Strong schools qualify automatically on last year's performance or average grade over 125 or performance ...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Universities & Colleges Sport
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: British Universities & Colleges Sport

Thanks Alex, great to know that they have been allowed to take part.
by Neill Cooper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Universities & Colleges Sport
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

British Universities & Colleges Sport

Commenting on the terribly sad news of Peter Poobalasingam's death, David Sedgwick raises the issue of British Universities & Colleges Sport's decree stopping chess from taking part in subsequent World University Chess Championships. It appears that BUCS has a change of heart as they do list chess f...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 3750

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Building a database of schools and/ or negotiating a special grading deal for schools is unlikely to solve the main problem which is getting chess activity going in the first place, particularly from age 11 upwards. Where secondary school chess is at its strongest is within private schools who can ...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 3750

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

The sort of thing I'd like the ECF to do is have a database of all the schools in England, with contact details and a record of whether they have a chess club. But not really how it sees its role I think. That is a nice idea Paul, but how could we achieve it? As ECF Manager for Schools I have a few...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 3750

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Where it's in a much worse position is that there aren't the same numbers of players of secondary school age and slightly older. It's something the ECF should build long term statistics on, namely the number of players each year in the grading list aged 17 or 18. Universities are slightly different...