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by Neill Cooper
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Mike Duck
Replies: 4
Views: 974

Re: Mike Duck

I'm sad to hear that. I have fond memories of playing Mike in my first ever inter-club match (Maindehead B vs Reading C) in March 1971. I think his dad also played for Reading C that day.
by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young Ukraine chess couple 'killed by laughing gas'
Replies: 7
Views: 1428

Re: Young Ukraine chess couple 'killed by laughing gas'

Nitrous oxide is the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis, inhaling it from small cannisters. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48308053. Every year a few people die from it in the UK.
by Neill Cooper
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3939
Views: 431038

Re: Media comments on chess

Today's Times Arts Section has a great 2 page article on The Queen's Gambit, featuring David Howell and Jovanka Houska
by Neill Cooper
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 12
Views: 3143

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

We greatly enjoyed watching the film but for me it had the extra element of nostalga, taking me back to my first congress (Berks and Bucks congress, Marlow, 1971) and those I played in during the following few years (Islington, Ilford, Hammersmith, North Devon, Southend, Maidenhead) as well as Briti...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Secondary School lichess Battles
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Secondary School lichess Battles

With no normal inter-school chess fixtures happening at present we have been running some lichess Battles for secondary schools. Details can be seen at https://lichess.org/team/secondary-school-chess/tournaments These have mainly been at 5 minute + 3 sec increment and have 200+ participants. If anyo...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 22, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 26
Views: 2446

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: 106
Views: 7682

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: 106
Views: 7682

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: 106
Views: 7682

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: 805

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: 3543

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: 1918

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: 4078

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: 4078

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...