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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Alan Walton wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:16 pm

When I taught in a primary/infant school, the attendees already understood the moves (normally from an older sibling or parent)
If they are teaching it as a school subject, the starting point for at least some of the pupils is going to be zero knowledge. I wonder what they introduce first.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

A quote from http://londonchessconference.com/ Most attendees accepted that a distinction must be made between scholastic chess that is oriented towards school curricula and delivered by regular teachers who have been trained on chess didactics and how to integrate chess with the school curriculum f...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

The problem is that Roger seems to think that the ECF are forcing all clubs to advertise themselves as, `New members welcome BUT YOU MUST JOIN THE ECF BEFORE YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN ANYTHING`. Which would be silly if it was the case, but it isn't. It's only because of opposition to compulsory member...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Adults : perhaps this is trickier, diving straight into clubs for these players may mean the get disheartened when they realise their current ability isn't good enough and just means they get beat up easily With the wide availability of online chess or even chess engines, you might expect that new ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:30 am
In my earlier post I have demonstrated that it isn't.
That's because the ECF have diluted it and is presumably financial worse off as a consequence. If the ECF had the same rules as the USCF, everyone including visitors for tournaments would have to become a member to be allowed to play.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

I'm already allowing myself to get sidetracked but the ECF are not charging fees to anybody `sampling the game for the first time`. If a complete novice wants to enter a congress (unlikely) it just costs them an extra £7 and it's likely that they would just view ECF membership as a way of obtaining...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Is this not what virtually all chess clubs do; ie expect members to pay an annual subscription to participate in their activities? The big expansion in chess activity in the early 1970s was driven by Congresses. What made the British boom bigger than elsewhere was that there weren't barriers to ent...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 26
Views: 1076

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

is it the ECF Once the ECF came up with the idea of compulsory or universal membership based on an annual payment, it abdicated responsibility for attracting new players. Perhaps recognising this, it diluted the hard line principle that it was a requirement to be an ECF member before partaking in o...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37690

Re: Cheating in chess

Is something lost in the translation? Probably not, as the accompanying pictures show a TV Remote. The method of cheating didn't seem to have been described in detail, but presumably it would be possible to program a remote control into acting as a device for the transmission of moves. Where the en...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2129
Views: 88491

Re: The English Language

What does spend out mean? You see how quickly White's attack has spent itself out? It's yet another English idiom/metaphor. Same sort of meaning as exhausted, fizzled out, ran out of steam. Comes from spending all your money. You cannot buy any more once you've run out. (The expression would pre-da...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 7858

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Interesting change for next year Each match in London will consist of classical, rapid and blitz games. A play-off for 3rd and 4th will also be played. That's just 4 players then. Depending on the match length and rest days, that can be spun out over the 8-10 days usually allotted. It's only going ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 7858

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Anybody will to take a punt at explaining the point behind White’s second move? A transposition to an Exchange Slav perhaps. Presumably his opponent's usual move order would have prevented this. There is a strange opening sequence espoused by Julian Hodgson amongst others, namely 1. d4 d5 2. Bg5. T...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2122
Views: 227516

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:52 am
"The Sniper" brought Storey 145 wins at open tournaments in the UK.
That claim can be believed if it measures a count of individual games won. It's when it becomes a claim of 145 tournament wins with the implication of winning 145 tournaments, that it's not.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 7858

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:29 am
Oh, when is it today then?
It's still 4pm today, then switches to 2pm for Saturday and Sunday and midday on Monday.

The FIDE Open remains at 4:30 pm both today and tomorrow.

The FIDE Open start time is determined by the use of the large hall during the week for CSC invited schools.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 136
Views: 7580

Re: Computer Go

Of course I don't really understand this, but surely it would take billions of games before it would even start to develop any simple strategy such as 'it's a generally a good idea to take the opponent's pieces'. I'd think it's a similar program to one they got to play arcade games. I'd imagine it ...