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by Neill Cooper
Fri May 22, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 20
Views: 1619

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

John Sellen wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 12:09 pm
It appears quite possible that there will no OTB chess in the UK in second half of 2020.
It is also possible that some households with at least 2 graded players could play arrange to play some graded chess.
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 06, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 86
Views: 4062

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Don't they say it can spread via droplets in the air? 'How do you exercise? People in my city of Shiraz` stayed at home for less than 2 months and are still practicing hygiene, and then reopened with caution. Now the daily cases are still below 50, after it had got under 10. You also can do that......
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 06, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 86
Views: 4062

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ is interesting. For example, Russia has reported nearly 11000 new cases today, but "only" 86 deaths. Are we expecting a surge? How are they counting deaths? Some countries, such as UK and others in Western Europe, initially only tested those with symptoms ...
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 06, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 86
Views: 4062

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

In Iran, around 20 days to our Norouz, we started advertising "Stay home, stay alive". it is still advertised by the government, although many businesses opened up. Is that the case in the UK too? We have something very similar -"Stay home, save the NHS, save lives". Our lockdown is probably strong...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Using Microsoft Teams for club meetings ?
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: Using Microsoft Teams for club meetings ?

You can stop zoom bombing by setting up the meeting with a waiting room (you only let in those you want), having microphones off by default and limiting screen sharing to the host. I'm not sure if the last one is possible in the free version of zoom. Edit: and using a password for each meeting which...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 3217

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: 1725

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: 3456

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: 3456

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: 553
Views: 47444

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: 7306

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: 1290

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: 1290

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: 1290

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.