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by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 28160

Re: Director of Women's Chess

From the Richmond Juniors perspective, may I ask if any competitions are open to post-primary girls teams from junior clubs? The rules of various competitions seem designed to thwart the efforts of junior clubs, recognising only teams from schools or counties... When I was running Castles Junior Ch...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 28160

Re: Director of Women's Chess

At-a-glance, most teams in the ECF National Schools Girls competitions seem to be Girls only schools, rather than a girls' team from a mixed school. Very true. All the more surprising that the winning team was from a mixed comprehensive. Hopefully next year more girls teams from mixed schools will ...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 28160

Re: Director of Women's Chess

We see a big drop off in the number of girls playing when they go into secondary school and exams (this is also true for a lesser extent with boys, but that's not our concern here). So... 3) In particular I'd like to see money available for tournaments, team events and initiatives in general that s...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Now my school team are safely home I will add the full list, hopefully without more mistakes. U19 School Champions: Reading School Runners up (winning the Richard Haddrell Trophy): RGS Guildford 3rd = Hampton School, Nottingham High School, City of London School Plate winners (best performance by a ...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Indeed I did - now corrected
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Round 4
Championship Final
RGS Guildford 2½ - 3½ Reading
Hampton 5 - 1 Brighton
NHS 3½ - 2½ St Olaves
QEB 1 – 5 CLBS
Wilson’s 3½ - 2½ KEGS
UCS 3½ - 2½ RGS Newcastle
The Skinners 1½ - 4½ QEH
St John’s 3½ - 2½ Wirral GS
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

Re: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Round 3 Championships Semi-finals CLBS 1½ - 4½ RGS Guildford Hampton 2 - 4 Reading KEGS ½ - 5½ Notts HS RGS Newcastle 2½ - 3½ QEB Brighton 3½ -2½ Wilson’s St Olaves 5½ - ½ UCS QEH 3½ - 2½ St John’s Wirral 3 – 3 The Skinners† Round 4 Championship Final: RGS Guildford vs Reading School Hampton vs Brig...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

ECF U19 National Schools Chess Championship Finals

Being played at Uppingham School 3rd and 4th July Round 1 Brighton College 2 – 4 RGS Guildford Hampton School 6 – 0 UCS KEGS Chelmsford 3 – 3 Reading School * Notts High 4½ - 1½ QE Barnet Wirral GS 1½ - 4½ City of London Boys School RGS Newcastle 3½ - 2½ St John’s Cardiff QEH Bristol 1½ - 4½ Wilson’...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in the community: library chess
Replies: 2
Views: 799

Re: Chess in the community: library chess

Library chess is quite popular in Surrey. See https://www.scca.co.uk/lib/lib.html
by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

One interesting thing about the question is that the average grade of the 20 'randomly chosen chess players' is 3600/20 = 180, a realistic value, but rather higher than the average grade of all graded chess players.
by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

I recall about a quarter of a century ago attending a parents' evening at the secondary school my daughter was about to move up to. I asked a maths teacher whether they still covered things like log tables and slide rules. After some thought she retorted "only out of historical interest". She went ...
by Neill Cooper
Sun May 20, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

Ah, there's a formula sheet. I don't remember a formula sheet back in my day, although my school didn't do OCR for Mathematics. Where we had formula sheets, you had to spend time remembering which formulae were on the sheet and which weren't - I remember getting this wrong in Physics and so I hadn'...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

Vaguely relevant to how things are taught, but why teach the counting of the pieces off the board? Why not those on the board? I normally encourage them to add up either on the board or off the board, depending on which is fewer. I only use the pieces on the board (someone could have borrowed a que...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

The issue I have with that is that due to the way the question is structured, if you can't remember the formula in part 1, how many marks for this question can you get? I expect it's in the formula book. Indeed it is in the formula book. Even if you do get the value of r completely wrong you could ...
by Neill Cooper
Fri May 18, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A level maths question
Replies: 33
Views: 3374

Re: A level maths question

r=0.400, which is significant at the 5% level (as >0.3783) So the (made up) data is evidence that maths ability and chess playing ability are related. I think this is a good A level stats question with only 2 of the 8 marks for working out r. Most of the marks were for applying the regression test a...