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by John Swain
Mon May 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Walden
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Brian Walden

Brian Walden, former presenter of ITV's Weekend World, died on Thursday at age 86. He was a strong player as a teenager, won the 1948 Staffordshire championship, and played for the West Bromwich team which won the top division of the Birmingham League. He gave up chess during his university and ear...
by John Swain
Mon May 13, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Walden
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Brian Walden

In its obituary (13 May 2019) The Times comments on the role of Brian's mother Dora, who sadly died when he was just 14: 'He liked chess but she stamped on his hopes of becoming a professional player, warning it was better to get a "proper" job or even become a priest. … The passion for chess and re...
by John Swain
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Nottingham Congress 23-24 March 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Nottingham Congress 23-24 March 2019

The results of the Nottingham Congress may be found at: http://chess-results.com/tnr426834.aspx?lan=1 As usual, the results should also appear on the Nottinghamshire Chess Association website in due course: http://www.nottschess.org/index.php Many thanks are due to Simon Scott for mastering Swiss Ma...
by John Swain
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8335

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

This survey is based on more than 900 responses, which seems to be a healthy sample size. However, it would be helpful and usual to see the sample sizes for each group displayed alongside the percentages. It would also be helpful to have the number of ECF members in each category to see what proport...
by John Swain
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 21429

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Yes, the decision was as difficult as that. And that is why the decision to support Makro is not surprising; but the unanimity of the decision, on the other hand, is hard satisfactorily to explain. It would be wrong of me to breach boardroom confidentiality, so I'm not going to report anything beyo...
by John Swain
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 21429

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

"Malcolm to his credit has conceded gracefully. "Disappointing election result yesterday but wish FIDE well. I am very proud of ECF President, CEO and Board for unanimously taking moral and ethical stand in the present climate."" "Unanimously"? Well, I wasn't at the meeting, so it may depend on how...
by John Swain
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National Schools Blitz
Replies: 0
Views: 532

National Schools Blitz

The second National Schools Blitz Championship will take place at The King's School Grantham on Sunday 7th October from 10.45 until 4.00 p.m. Entry is free and done online: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/blitz/ where further details may be found. The five-round Team Blitz, which is in the afte...
by John Swain
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Matthew was very happy to finish his very last match as a Reading pupil with the team becoming champions for the 3rd time in 5 years 😀 Thanks to all the organisers for their excellent and hard work. Many congratulations to Reading School on their third victory and to all the schools who qualified f...
by John Swain
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF National Schools Girls Finals
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: ECF National Schools Girls Finals

There is an interesting report about the Fernwood girls' triumph on the website of West Nottingham Chess Club:
http://westnottinghamchess.org/club-new ... girls.html

Many congratulations to the team and their manager/coach John Crawley!
by John Swain
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Stan Cranmer
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Re: Stan Cranmer

I saw Stan in chess action several times and admired the standard of his play and his sporting approach. My condolences go to his family and to his friends in the Ashfield, Notts and wider chess community. There is an interesting and informative obituary on the Notts website: http://nottschess.org/2...
by John Swain
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

Presumably that'll now be graded, given there are only three games, and so there is no liability at all? The previous events in 2015-17 were graded but the new system means that counties will no longer be billed for the minority of players who are not ECF members. In answer to Neill Cooper's questi...
by John Swain
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

There are also U130 "Four Counties" (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire) 12 board U18 matches which were set up by Phill Beckett in November 2015. The events are held twice a year and work as a three-round all-play-all; each county has hosted once. The current holders of the...
by John Swain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

The deadline for league entries is only five days away (30 September) Teams can still enter Afternoon Qualifiers after this, or even just play as one of the eight teams at the Repechage at University College London, 2-5 p.m. on Sunday 3 December (a day later than previously advertised). Entries now ...