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by Neill Cooper
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8598

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The 6 monthly updates apply to longplay, not just rapidplay Sorry, I was unclear in my post (now edited)- I meant it should be trialled in rapidplay. There were 5 years of January rapidplay grades before January long play was introduced. In 2007 to 2011 the January grading list was only rapidplay.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8598

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

My year 7 pupils find it frustrating that having taken up graded chess in September they do not get a grade until January. Those with grades would love to get monthly grading updates. In view of on line ratings for computer games (including chess) being updated after every game they are not used to ...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2687
Views: 287451

Re: Media comments on chess

Friday's Times had a nice article about Alpha Zero and also a leader article. Good seeing chess getting such coverage in the national press.
by Neill Cooper
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 39934

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Whatever we ('serious' chess players) think, the final day show down appealed to the media. The BBC enjoyed talking about 'Armageddon', 'Blitz' and the analogy with penalty shoot outs. They even put a video about it on their 'Sport' website - under snooker: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/snooker/463...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 57
Views: 4657

Re: 4NCL International Congress

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:37 am
Wonder if his school gets informed? Can’t imagine they’d be too impressed...
I have informed the school teacher i/c chess who has informed the head teacher. They are not impressed.
by Neill Cooper
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 2980

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

Well Malcolm Pein, Adam Raoof, Nigel Dennis, Mike Truran, Alex Holowczak, Sean Hewitt, Chris Fegan, Sarah Longson, Neil Cooper to name just a few that come to mind - there you have it. I will be forever indebted to Nigel Dennis who in the early 1970s introduced myself and a few other pupils at Maid...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 2980

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

In any event when you consider the number of secondary schools out there 37 is not a huge amount; even if you limited the pool to fee paying and selective. This was 37 schools, 300 juniors (100 of them graded over 120), playing at a single event. There were over 100 schools who entered the National...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 2980

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

Neil, Why is the competition a "schools" competition rather than a "junior club" competition? How would you react to, say, a Scout Troop wanting to enter? Apologies for the delay in reply Michael but on Friday I was running a tournament for 70 year 7 pupils at my school and on Sunday the Eton Colle...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1151

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018

Results below. The four previous winners came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. They were also the top seeds, all having an average grade of over 150 (rapidplay). Winners RSG Guildford's average grade was 184 No Team Grade Total 1 2 3 4 5 1 RGS Guildford A 1105 24.5 16:6.0 20:5.5 3:4.0 9:4.5 2:4.5 2 Gonzaga Co...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 38
Views: 2980

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

a) More clubs that are solely for 12-18 year olds. I'm only aware of two people across the whole of the UK who do this. One is Neill Cooper and one is myself (I'm sure there must be others). Such clubs are going to be relatively small (the most players I've ever had at any one time is 11) but if ev...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1151

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018

We are expecting 50 teams of 6 players from 37 schools again this Sunday for what should again be an enjoyable day of chess.
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Rebranding
Replies: 37
Views: 3310

Re: Rebranding

David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:23 pm
Andrew Walker wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:33 pm
You may need to paste these links into your browser if you're at all interested ...
I have tried. They don't work for me.
I found that when I clicked on the link I get a '404' error message but reloading the page then solved the problem
by Neill Cooper
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1089

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Indeed the championships have always been a knockout tournament and that has been preserved in this format.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1089

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

A report, including some games and photos, can now be read at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-final-2018/
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 22896

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Of course, maybe the remedy here lies in the hands of those of us involved in running junior-only or junior-friendly clubs. Would it be impossible to work together to organise a competition or competitions? Preferably, I'd suggest, a different format to J4NCL to avoid conflicting with that event. B...