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by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

Re: Painful time of the year for chess teachers ?

Does this above "problem" really matter and, if it does, what can the chess community that cares do about it ? I think it does matter, which is why I have done what I can to promote secondary school chess. But I do not think you can solve the issue within the school. A keen year 7 might get a chess...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1842

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019

30 schools entered as at 11th July — Abingdon School; Brentwood School; Brighton College; Bristol Grammar School, Chepstow; Churchill Academy & Sixth Form; City of London School; Eton College; Hampton School; Harrow School; Heathside Preparatory School; Hereward House; King Edward VI Grammar School,...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: DBS Checks
Replies: 4
Views: 2653

Re: DBS Checks

I am now starting up a new Junior Chess Club in Wallington and we would like to have DBS checks for our volunteers. In the past I used the service the ECF offered to registered coaches which worked very well but this has now ceased. Is there any free route for chess clubs or do we now have to pay an...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

Jim, Roger is correct. Please ignore the league tables. I am sure the full results of this event will soon be published by the organisers. In the mean time one approach would be to look at every draw and decide who won. City of London Boys School won 2 matches on board count, and thereby won all 4 f...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

The final is Hampton School vs City of London Boys School
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

Whilst the individual match results are correct the table is not as this is not a Swiss tournament but a modified knock out.

Tomorrow morning the semi-final matches are:
RGS Guildford vs City of London School
RGS Newcastle vs Hampton School
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championships final 2019

This year's U19 School's finals are taking place at Uppingham Schools on 2nd and 3rd July. 16 teams from schools aorund the country are taking part. Top seeds RGS Guildford are very strong, with an average grade of over 190. Even so their first round match, like many others, was close. There is live...
by Neill Cooper
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 76
Views: 8515

Re: Old Chestnut

How about changing the rules for drawn matches such that before board count is female count: the team with more female players wins a drawn match. If they have the same number of females then it is back to board count, etc. It is only a small change but there are quite a few drawn matches. And it co...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

Re: Sid Kirby

Sid Kirby was a stalwart member of the York RI chess club and will be missed by his many friends there. I learnt that such people are very important to chess clubs when I ran a small junior chess club. One player turned up each week and lost many games. Other players appreciated that there was some...
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 29, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1842

ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2019

This year's event will take place on Sunday 15th September. Report on last year's event Venue: Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW Play will be in the spacious School Hall; team rooms will be shared and in the math’s department. Time: Registration from 10.15am, play start 11am, finish about 5pm Event Form...
by Neill Cooper
Wed May 29, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 2583

Re: Definition of IMC

Similarly IMC is actually Intermediate Mathematical Challenge
by Neill Cooper
Tue May 21, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:15 pm
Neill Cooper wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 pm
I am planning on introducing the following in the Autumn for my Juniors:
I find this ICC type system very practical. My only comment is that the rating interval of 200 points seems very low.
Thanks Nick, good point. What would you suggest would be a better value?
by Neill Cooper
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

Re: NEW CHESS RATING SYSTEM

I am planning on introducing the following in the Autumn for my Juniors: Every Junior player starts the year with a Junior rating which is the highest out of: 1. The highest of their FIDE ratings 2. Their highest ECF grading converted to a rating (ECF x 7.5 + 700) 3. An online rating of over 700 (ca...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 5697

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Control + F is a very useful facility in Google Chrome to find text on a web page.
For instance it finds and highlights the occurrence of 'tie' on this web page.
Probably other browsers have a similar facility, but possibly not phones.
by Neill Cooper
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social Chess?
Replies: 6
Views: 1459

Re: Social Chess?

I think Dorset chess might have cracked it: Relaxed Chess You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Monday Kinson Community Centre, Kinson 1.45pm to 5pm Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Ches...