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by Neill Cooper
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 9640

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

In view of Peter's clear passion and success in promoting chess in Universities, should he not seek to work with the British Universities' Chess Association (BUCA) so that there is a single, unified organisation for University Chess providing multiple opportunities each year for Inter-University Che...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

The deadline for entering a local school league is Saturday 30th September. After that date you can still enter a Regional qualifier, but only if it is not full up. Entry for the U19 Open event is now up to 129 teams from 80 schools. Details and entry form at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

National School Chess Championships 2017/18

Entries are now being taken for the U19 National School Chess Championships The Regional stage (like the Times Tournament Zones) is in the spring term, but schools need to qualify to play there. Strong schools qualify automatically on last year's performance or average grade over 125 or performance ...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Universities & Colleges Sport
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Re: British Universities & Colleges Sport

Thanks Alex, great to know that they have been allowed to take part.
by Neill Cooper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Universities & Colleges Sport
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

British Universities & Colleges Sport

Commenting on the terribly sad news of Peter Poobalasingam's death, David Sedgwick raises the issue of British Universities & Colleges Sport's decree stopping chess from taking part in subsequent World University Chess Championships. It appears that BUCS has a change of heart as they do list chess f...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Building a database of schools and/ or negotiating a special grading deal for schools is unlikely to solve the main problem which is getting chess activity going in the first place, particularly from age 11 upwards. Where secondary school chess is at its strongest is within private schools who can ...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

The sort of thing I'd like the ECF to do is have a database of all the schools in England, with contact details and a record of whether they have a chess club. But not really how it sees its role I think. That is a nice idea Paul, but how could we achieve it? As ECF Manager for Schools I have a few...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Where it's in a much worse position is that there aren't the same numbers of players of secondary school age and slightly older. It's something the ECF should build long term statistics on, namely the number of players each year in the grading list aged 17 or 18. Universities are slightly different...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Unfortunately this makes it a non starter as far as my club is concerned as the four strongest players (the nucleus of a promising team) are split across three different schools. I suspect many junior chess clubs with secondary school members will have a similar situation. Which means that unless s...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

if our club is any kind of example, this is an ECF dialogue without input from those clubs who have had some success in this regard. I do not know if Malcolm has started the dialogue but I would hope that when he does so he talks with me, and also with you, and other successful with juniors such as...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Just to clarify one point; can clubs enter the team challenge or is the competition only open to schools? You raise a good point, and one that I grappled with when I ran a junior club with 50 members. There are no events for junior clubs - except when Claire Summerscale ran her girls events for clu...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

We have a perfectly good relationship with those ECF directors involved with 4NCL (but in their J4NCL, rather than ECF, capacities) but no constructive relationship with the ECF junior directorate. For the avoidance of doubt, I should stress that the ECF junior director has been entirely courteous ...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

Good point, although I suppose I was looking more at entry level. On that note I have a group of very enthusiastic 11/12 year olds to catch up with ... What do you mean by "Entry Level"? Team Chess Challenge and Junior Team Chess Challenge (year 7 and 8, ideal for yours) are aimed at all abilities....
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes
Replies: 82
Views: 7953

Re: Junior chess in latest ECF board minutes

However the frustrating thing is the lack of dedicated investment for secondary school age chess. Primary schools have national organisations and charities and can drown out secondary school initiatives by sheer force of numbers. The question here is where does the ECF come in and how? Look at http...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Evening Chess 17/18?
Replies: 31
Views: 3589

Re: Decline of Evening Chess 17/18?

I like the sound of that, but what evidence? Greater number of private schools (and residual grammars) Whilst that might be a cause for the southern dominance of the national schools championships ( this year the top 5 were all SCCU, 3 independent and 2 grammar), I do not think many of the pupils r...