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by Nick Thomas
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2358
Views: 257594

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: 12577

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: 10045

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: 34783

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: 1048

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: 4699

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: 2433

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: 2433

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: 2433

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: 2433

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: 2433

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: 2433

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: 1874

Re: May 2015 FIDE rating list

I've fallen out of the top 100. I'm packing it in.
by Nick Thomas
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Road Cycling
Replies: 76
Views: 9389

Re: Chess and Road Cycling

:roll:
by Nick Thomas
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Road Cycling
Replies: 76
Views: 9389

Re: Chess and Road Cycling

Not sure whether I should fire this subject up again . I was one of the original posters and have not read the thread for a long time , but as with most forums when a thread goes to more than 2 pages its usually a heated discussion amongst limited individuals . Back to the thread as somebody who pl...