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by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

One interesting thing about the question is that the average grade of the 20 'randomly chosen chess players' is 3600/20 = 180, a realistic value, but rather higher than the average grade of all graded chess players.
by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

I recall about a quarter of a century ago attending a parents' evening at the secondary school my daughter was about to move up to. I asked a maths teacher whether they still covered things like log tables and slide rules. After some thought she retorted "only out of historical interest". She went ...
by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

Ah, there's a formula sheet. I don't remember a formula sheet back in my day, although my school didn't do OCR for Mathematics. Where we had formula sheets, you had to spend time remembering which formulae were on the sheet and which weren't - I remember getting this wrong in Physics and so I hadn'...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

Vaguely relevant to how things are taught, but why teach the counting of the pieces off the board? Why not those on the board? I normally encourage them to add up either on the board or off the board, depending on which is fewer. I only use the pieces on the board (someone could have borrowed a que...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

The issue I have with that is that due to the way the question is structured, if you can't remember the formula in part 1, how many marks for this question can you get? I expect it's in the formula book. Indeed it is in the formula book. Even if you do get the value of r completely wrong you could ...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

Re: A level maths question

r=0.400, which is significant at the 5% level (as >0.3783) So the (made up) data is evidence that maths ability and chess playing ability are related. I think this is a good A level stats question with only 2 of the 8 marks for working out r. Most of the marks were for applying the regression test a...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 1965

A level maths question

From yesterday's OCR AS Level Further Maths Statistics paper.
by Neill Cooper
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

Result of today's repechage kindly hosted by Eton COllege; 1 Brighton College 10 Qualified for Uppingham 2 Skinners' School 7 Qualified for Uppingham 3= Tiffin School 6 3= Chepstow School 6 3= Bristol Grammar School 6 6= Eton College 5 6= Dulwich College 5 8 KEGS B 3 9= NLCS 1 10= Mossbourne Academy...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: girls/boys ch
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Re: girls/boys ch

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:15 am
Some UK junior championships are 'mixed' but with the top-placed girl being declared the girl champion.
And the top-placed boy being being declared the boy champion.
e.g. http://www.ljcc.co.uk/Winners/results16.htm
by Neill Cooper
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Team Chess Challenge
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Re: ECF Team Chess Challenge

This year's final on Wed 25th April at Imperial College was won by RGS Newcastle. Schools came from many parts of the country. Full results: School Total 1 RGS Newcastle 16.5/20 2 Hampton School 15 3 Eltham College 13.5 4 University College School 10 5 Manchester GS 9.5 8= Boroughmuir HS, Edinburgh ...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 3128

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Results and report on ECF website at http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/unde ... hips-2018/
by Neill Cooper
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1027

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

I'm sorry if I've upset people If you post a critical comment the day before an event you are likely to upset organisers! Posting it the day after would have been preferable. There are areas where I have good contacts but academia is, sadly, not one. Amongst Watford's 50 junior members some go to s...
by Neill Cooper
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 3128

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Thanks Michael for the report.
Also Knole Academy, Sevenoaks scored 3.5/4 (brothers on board 3 and 4).

Minor: Norfolk 9, Yorks 8.5, Kent 7, Notts 5, Surrey 2 Herts 1.5
by Neill Cooper
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 3128

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

For those interested in such things, here is a table of recent venues and entrants: Year Date Host Organiser U18Open U18Minor 2005 18-Jun Leics ECF 7 2006 20-May Leics ECF 7 2007 21-Apr Herts ECF 3 2008 10-May Derbys Derby 5 4 2009 28-Feb Derbys Derby 6 9 2010 27-Jun Surrey Surrey 6 4 2011 26-Jun Be...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1027

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

Well, just six teams in the Open under-18 and six teams in the Minor - and Herts, Kent and Surrey having entered both - that means just nine counties will be participating which probably answers the "let us see how it goes" question. Hindsight is a marvellous thing but situating the event in Granth...