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by Kevin O'Connell
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessplayer, chess-player or chess player?
Replies: 16
Views: 1609

Re: Chessplayer, chess-player or chess player?

Writers and lawyers agree on "chess player" for obvious reasons... :D
by Kevin O'Connell
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 78886

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Seeing the mentions of simultaneous displays - the most unusual one I ever gave was a tandem 'replacement' display (with Tony Rubin) below the Portman Stand at Ipswich Town Football Club immediately before the Bradford City match (1988-9 season, I think). There were tannoy announcements, prize prese...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: FIDE Chess in Schools
Replies: 8
Views: 2390

Re: FIDE Chess in Schools

Yes, I know (I wrote that document!). They are being kept separate at the moment (for calculation purposes), but will be presented as a single list. In some cases, the same player may appear twice - once with their Student rating and once with their 'normal' rating. You could, perhaps, liken it to t...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: FIDE Chess in Schools
Replies: 8
Views: 2390

Re: FIDE Chess in Schools

No, no fib. You could argue there is some 'window dressing' involved. Soon (once all the technical problems have been solved - weeks or months at worst), the kids will indeed see themselves on the same ladder. Although the Student ratings will remain separate from the 'normal' ratings, the two lists...
by Kevin O'Connell
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: FIDE Law Suit
Replies: 121
Views: 16628

Re: FIDE Law Suit

All rather bizarre, really. The current law suit does indeed relate to the 'extra' VPs (over and above those stipulated in the statutes). GM Azmaiparashvili should certainly be au fait with the matter since he was previously one such 'extra' VP. If my memory is still half working, 'extra' VPs first ...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess Education Scholarships
Replies: 14
Views: 4866

Re: Chess Education Scholarships

Thanks for the additional responses. There will probably be a small mention in next Saturday's East Anglian Daily Times. In due course the information will all be included in a global report on the cis.fide.com web site.
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess Education Scholarships
Replies: 14
Views: 4866

Re: Chess Education Scholarships

Thanks for the replies so far. Yes, both UTDallas and Texas Tech (Susan Polgar, also Dallas), together with the University of Maryland, are the largest and best known among US scholarships (so far I have uncovered 25 from 15 different institutions there). Yes I need the word 'scholarship' - it is sp...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess Education Scholarships
Replies: 14
Views: 4866

Chess Education Scholarships

I am currently researching chess scholarships in educational establishments (from kindergarten to university) worldwide. For the UK, Millfield, Oakham and Woodbridge schools spring to mind. There must be others, can anyone help with more information? Further afield I can think immediately of one in ...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat May 28, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Uk chess challenge
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: Uk chess challenge

It is also almost certainly the biggest chess tournament in the world.

Schack4an (Sweden) claim that title, but they have a mere 12,000 entries.

Mike had almost twice as many in his first year and regularly gets 60-70,000.
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Oct elections - Candidate statements
Replies: 86
Views: 9973

Re: Oct elections - Candidate statements

Matthew, Richard, et al, I only just noticed this. Since I compiled the chart(s) and circulated it(them) to all 54 ECU members, I can explain a bit. There is a man in France (Fabrice Touvron) who wrote a clever piece of software which sorts through any published FIDE rating list and provides a break...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport

Yes, the relevant bit is: "When deciding whether to recognise a sport, the Sports Councils look to see if it meets the Council of Europe’s European Sports Charter 1993 definition of sport and if the sport is well established and organised within our jurisdiction." so, either 23 of 27 are wrong, or...
by Kevin O'Connell
Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport

I still find it odd that, for example, the Sports Council state that they adhere to the European Sports Charter (1992, 2001 - oddly, the SC gives the year as 1993) for defining sport. The very same charter that is used to define chess as sport by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, ...
by Kevin O'Connell
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport

How much support does chess get from other EU governments? I'd suspect most of them. A few figures I have to hand (even if only one is in the EU). Andorra: €80,000 France: €75,000 (the 'real' figure is far higher because that is just the FFE, the regional organizations are partially supported b...
by Kevin O'Connell
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: What happened about UKgov recognition of chess as sport

Roger, David,

Thanks for that. I had assumed that the 2006 reference was probably "Journalese" about the Charities Act.
by Kevin O'Connell
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cost of running chess events
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: Cost of running chess events

While searching for stuff about UK govt recognition of sport, I stumbled across the question at the start of this thread:
"How expensive would it be to hold the Chess Olympiad in the UK "

As a guide, the bid document for Tromso 2014 lays out a budget of €15 million.