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by Nick Thomas
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Grading Database
Replies: 13
Views: 1225

Re: ECF Grading Database

It's a real pain Have I got this right? 1) GDPR is being used as the reason not to show children's school year on the online list? 2) Showing childrens full name, gender and their school and/or chess club is OK? 3) If you are a top player for your age (school year) it is OK to show your age (or to b...
by Nick Thomas
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The South of England Junior Congress 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: The South of England Junior Congress 2019

The entry form contains one or two cut and paste errors in dates (2018 instead of 2019).
by Nick Thomas
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2522
Views: 277055

Re: Media comments on chess

Been watching Downton Abbey. Season 5 they had the Russians playing chess (Boris the Blade from Lock Stock...)!
by Nick Thomas
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dramatic changes in congress performances
Replies: 166
Views: 13024

Re: Dramatic changes in congress performances

It's the clumping of these performance swings which are hard to explain.
by Nick Thomas
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective
Replies: 170
Views: 10295

Re: ECF arbiting at Aberystwyth - FIDE perspective

If you attempt to apply rules designed for serious chess playing adults to U8s these situations are inevitable. If nothing else it gives hope to pedantic parents that they can use the letter of the law to further their child's chess "career". My opinion for what it's worth - make it clear that the s...
by Nick Thomas
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 35291

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Did Weaving resign from the final position on the live board?
by Nick Thomas
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: UK Chess Challenge Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1076

Re: UK Chess Challenge Question

There are several "flaws" in the rules as they stand. The most obvious one is that in a mixed age club (as most school clubs tend to be) it is much easier for the older children to qualify than the younger ones.
by Nick Thomas
Fri May 29, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Neil Carr
Replies: 13
Views: 4781

Re: Neil Carr

I'm very sad to hear this. I knew him well in the early 80s when we were kids and he was a genuinely nice person, as was his entire family. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
by Nick Thomas
Thu May 14, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: U6 Tournaments

David Shepherd wrote:I think the answer is probably just no, however maybe somebody could suggest an older age tournament that has a reasonable number of younger players that are U6 (if one exists).
Thanks that would be just as good.
by Nick Thomas
Thu May 14, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: U6 Tournaments

Perhaps those wishing to air their views on the ethics of encouraging competitive chess in young children could start their own thread, one which I mighty even contribute to? Meanwhile if anyone has any specific information which might be useful to me, a thoughtful and some might say semi intelligen...
by Nick Thomas
Wed May 13, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: U6 Tournaments

Are there many (any) U6 tournaments coming up, preferably in or around the Midlands? I should hope not. Playing a full game of chess to competitive level is age-inappropriate for probably 99.9% of 5-year-olds (including Magnus Carlsen who learnt the moves at 5 but found it too hard and only returne...
by Nick Thomas
Wed May 13, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: U6 Tournaments

Thanks for your reply David. I'm pretty clued up about the local personnel but thought a general enquiry here might hit a few different targets at once. Yes I have no problem finding U7 tournaments but the lad is U5 hence the question.
by Nick Thomas
Tue May 12, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: U6 Tournaments

I guess not.
by Nick Thomas
Mon May 11, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U6 Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

U6 Tournaments

Are there many (any) U6 tournaments coming up, preferably in or around the Midlands?
by Nick Thomas
Fri May 01, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: May 2015 FIDE rating list
Replies: 3
Views: 1911

Re: May 2015 FIDE rating list

I've fallen out of the top 100. I'm packing it in.