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by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Schools Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: European Schools Chess Championship 2019

Obviously it's the chess parents not the ECF that pay for the coaching. It's certainly a chunk of change added onto every international trip. My understanding is that coaching is no longer mandatory, and parents are free to use their own coaches or do it themselves. I think this is a good developmen...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: South Lakes Chess Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 267

South Lakes Chess Congress

A well attended event at Kendal Leisure Centre. The Open was won by Joseph Mcphillips. Rising junior star Yichen Han was 2nd after beating GM Nigel Davies in the final round. http://results.utuswiss.co.uk/TournamentPage?Tournament=f41503f4-13c0-4924-8f28-b19bb7fa942c Major (Under 170) http://results...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Kevin is keen on the idea. I'll find out tomorrow if the venue has the 1500 square metres the event would need.
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

The Rheged Centre at Penrith are very keen to host the 2020 event. They have a main playing area which they have told me can seat 600 players, plus numerous other rooms being available. They also love the idea of simultaneously hosting a chess film festival. I've got in touch with the manager of the...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I've approached the Rheged Centre at Penrith and I'll see what they say. The centre also has an art house style cinema attached, and I've tried to perk their interest by suggesting the idea of a possible chess film festival to run simultaneous with the event.
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Cumbria would have the University of Cumbria and also the Rheged Centre just off junction 40 at Penrith is pretty large.
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Bet it's never been to Cumbria. Carlisle?
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4434

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Are there any rumours where it will be held next year?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Okay, I stand corrected on ranking. But in relative terms their world ranking is very similar to the 3 U13 girl players I mentioned. I just think they should be equally celebrated and not overlooked. And as a late edit, the girl ranked number 58 in the world in the U13's grabbed 60 FIDE points this ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

So that's actually good for the three girls right? The male names you went for Haria, Wadsworth and Willow are all ranked outside the top 1OO yes? Maybe be a bit more open minded.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

...but relative to age the girls deserve as much credit as the boys yes?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Relative to age these two seem stronger than any current English junior (of whom the best, again relative to age, are something like Wadsworth, Haria, Willow and Royal) and arguably at least as good (again relative to age) as any English junior since David Howell. What a wonderful dose of Androcent...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu May 30, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Just out of interest I believe the Telford cheat referred to earlier was found to have a smart watch on his wrist and an accomplice relaying turn by turn engine moves to him, which is why he crushed his opponents so easily. Not sure what his punishment ended up being?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat May 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

No IM norm this time either it would seem, as he's lost to a Spanish FM today. But a credible try, especially as he's been doing much more coaching than playing in recent years. One round to go still of course.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat May 25, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

I think as long as you squint your eyes and smile, the 168 Opens claim, the 'Team GB' references (as long as Charlie keeps it off his merchandise and website banners), and the claim to being the 'Official' Great Britain team won't get him into too much trouble, although I suppose if the ECF really w...