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by John Swain
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

Chess performance can, crudely, be reduced to a combination of three elements: natural ability, study and practice. Chess performance measured by grading can be influenced by many factors, including the number of games played, the relative strength and range of the opposition faced etc. IQ is suppos...
by John Swain
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

In Nottinghamshire, for the past three years, we've issued a letter to Year 6s encouraging them to continue playing chess even if they discover that there is no chess club at their new secondary school in September: www.nottschess.org/files/letter_to_year_6_children_2019.pdf Linked to this, a couple...
by John Swain
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

Essentially, the old knock-out format in retained under the umbrella of a seeded swiss with two teams unbeaten at the Finals competing in the fourth round for the trophy. Do you amalgamate first , second and third round losers in the pairings? I rather had the impression that after round 1, it divi...
by John Swain
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

The rules of the Under 19 National Schools Chess Championship may be found at: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/under-19-rules-2018-19/ The rules have changed very little in the past four years since Neill Cooper introduced the new format in 2016: sixteen teams at the Final, no age handicap and ...
by John Swain
Mon May 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Walden
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

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: 1472

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: 461

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: 9313

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: 22826

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: 22826

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: 564

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: 1439

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: 847

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: 2160

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...