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by Richard James
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website
Replies: 10
Views: 1808

Re: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website

Despite Leonard Barden's evidence-based demolition of this garbage, it's making a regular appearance on my Facebook timeline, pumped out by familiar names who really should be checking the facts David, some of us posted this on social media for interest and comment, rather than because we agreed or...
by Richard James
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 16
Views: 1491

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

I don't have nearly as many years experience, nor am I at the same level, in teaching chess as the likes of Andrew Martin or Richard James, so please excuse me if what I say is too specific to the area and level I teach at. My children got me into my new career and right from the beginning I have a...
by Richard James
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 16
Views: 1491

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

Having read your book on this subject... You're one of the few who have. On the other hand, my book for children is still selling well, as, no doubt, are other books for children. Which suggests that many parents buy a book and give it to their kids for them to teach themselves. Of course chess doe...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 3965

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

The Swedish GM Pontus Carlsson, who is of African descent, received some very unpleasant racist abuse from a chess.com user named funnychess9, who plays under the flag of the Solomon Islands, yesterday. You'll find it on his Twitter feed if you care to look. I think that said user has been banned n...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 16
Views: 1491

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

The article Harry quotes is very important and there's a lot of truth in it, although some children will thrive on the pressure. But for every chess parent putting children under too much pressure there are a hundred parents who teach their children the moves because it 'makes kids smarter' but refu...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 16
Views: 1491

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

In all the years I have been playing and all the 'teachers' and 'trainers' of chess I have met and worked with I have noticed a general trend emerge between those who have children themselves and those who don't. A German FM I once taught with had a far greater knowledge of chess than I but no real...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 3965

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

The Swedish GM Pontus Carlsson, who is of African descent, received some very unpleasant racist abuse from a chess.com user named funnychess9, who plays under the flag of the Solomon Islands, yesterday. You'll find it on his Twitter feed if you care to look.
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Player name query
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Player name query

Diaereses seem to be an issue. I used to have a problem uploading the master database into UTU because of a player with the first name Gaël, but his name has now been changed to Gael. It looks like the bug has been partially corrected in the current version of UTU: Dr de la Motte was accepted last t...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27984

Re: Chess history trivia

Chielamangus (Cecil Purdy)?
by Richard James
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27984

Re: Chess history trivia

John Townsend wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:12 pm
Which famous chess player was born during the eighteenth century, died in Poland, and gave his name to a popular opening in the modern game?
Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov?
by Richard James
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2176
Views: 235087

Re: Media comments on chess

John Clarke wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:59 pm
Anthony Buckeridge committed the same sin in Jennings Follows A Clue. Someone's chess set is knocked off his head (don't ask) and " .... castles, knights and bishops flew in all directions".
Good to meet another Jennings fan. My favourite books as a boy.
by Richard James
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 2509

Re: Chess Behind Bars

Tim Harding wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm
To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood?
Yes, there are two pages on Bloodgood, most of which is taken up by an annotated game. Nothing on Raymond Weinstein, though. Nor on chess in Broadmoor.
by Richard James
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 28
Views: 1516

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Does anyone know R. F. T. Wood's full name?
His name is given in online birth records as Rex Frank T Wood, born Q1 1943 in Sutton Coldfield.
by Richard James
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 2159

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

I think you have the result wrong, both in the original post and as copied to Britbase. It was a win for White, not for Black.

I'm also not going to be taking the Glasgow Herald challenge.
by Richard James
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM venue
Replies: 17
Views: 1047

Re: ECF AGM venue

John Reyes wrote:what bus can I get?

I'm not a big fan of the underground as I'm from manchester
205 bus from Euston Station Stop D to Central Street. 16 minutes on the bus followed by a 5 minute walk.

Google Maps is your friend.