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by John Swain
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3077
Views: 335680

Re: Media comments on chess

The Times has an article on p.12 "Chess players make more mistakes when air is polluted":

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/clea ... -98x2cm3g2

I have another excuse to deploy the next time I blunder!
by John Swain
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Up thread, I asked a couple of times why the results of the ECF Members' Survey into possible changing to monthly and four-figure grading hadn't included the precise total sample size nor constituent sample sizes, but just the percentages and the rather vague "more than 900 responses". I followed th...
by John Swain
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 1975

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

If I'd had the full picture I'd have played differently against them Sorry, John, but I have to say that if you were trying to play the ( perceived ) opponent rather than the position, then you deserved what you got. ... but the position you aim for may well vary depending on the strength of the op...
by John Swain
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 2623

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

From what I know of the situation it seems to me the person in question is a bit of a shambles - unable to get himself to places on time; unable to conduct his activities/deal with any issues he may have without inconveniencing people due to lack of communication; perhaps even too much of a shamble...
by John Swain
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 38
Views: 2623

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

There may be some confusion about the ECF Accredited Coaches Scheme. The regulations for becoming an ECF Accredited Coach are surprisingly still on the website in the "ECF Documents" section: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coaches.pdf I say surprisingly because there was ...
by John Swain
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3339

Re: Handshakes

The Chess Arbiters Association has published some helpful clarification about the January 2018 FIDE Laws: Article 5: The completion of the game 5.1.1 The game is won by the player who has checkmated his opponent’s king. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the checkmate p...
by John Swain
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I'm very encouraged by Brian Valentine's remarks and approach on this and on other threads, including the July 2019 grades one. He seems to be open to discussion and not dogmatic or doctrinaire … I thought that it might be a good idea to compile a list of the advantages and disadvantages of monthly ...
by John Swain
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3339

Re: Handshakes

Is there ever a good reason for not shaking hands after the game? At some junior events, I've seen players encouraged or even told by a supervising adult to "shake hands" at the end of a game, sometimes after confirmation by an adult that mate has occurred on the board. The players should ideally d...
by John Swain
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange happening
Replies: 19
Views: 1459

Re: Strange happening

I remember the Mascot. I was on the appeals committee. Richard Furnace was the arbiter. The German player's opponent complained to the arbiter (Richard) that the mascot was too big. It was sat on the corner of the table with its legs spread out at 90 degrees. Its toes stretched to the 3rd or 4th ra...
by John Swain
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I am saddened though that so many people seem to assume that all change is good. I entirely agree with you. As a former History teacher, I am very familiar with the Whig Theory of History, which, until the early 1920s, emphasised "Progress" in all forms - political, scientific and technological etc...
by John Swain
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

No attempt was made to publish the number of responses by age or membership category, simply the percentages (classic obfuscation) which could easily have been done The figures that are surprisingly missing from the survey results are the overall percentages. We don't know what percentage of the 90...
by John Swain
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I don't imagine that the Board will perform a U-turn and reverse the policy of monthly grades, despite the likelihood of extra work for graders and organisers, but I think that they ought to know that a lot of adult chess players do not seem to be excited at the prospect of having a monthly grade. I...
by John Swain
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

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: 868

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: 904

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...