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by Neill Cooper
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1886

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

Well, just six teams in the Open under-18 and six teams in the Minor - and Herts, Kent and Surrey having entered both - that means just nine counties will be participating which probably answers the "let us see how it goes" question. Hindsight is a marvellous thing but situating the event in Granth...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4334

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

John Reyes wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:43 pm
wonder if you will have any more teams from the north going to enter
Final entries:
Under 18 Open – Hertfordshire, Surrey, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Kent, Sussex
Under 18 Minor – Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Norfolk, Kent, Nottinghamshire
by Neill Cooper
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1865

ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018

This very popular event (last year there were 52 six board school teams) was due to take place on Sunday 16th September. However, this now clashes with the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal. Eton College have kindly offer to host on Sunday 23rd September. Does anyone know of possible clashes on that date...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11758

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

GPDR is something about Member States in EU which we are leaving? It is UK law, passed by UK Parliament: "People to have more control over their personal data and be better protected in the digital age under new measures announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock." https://www.gov.uk/government/new...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

Those who spend time on preparation see their results improve and their grades go up. Those who do not prepare struggle to maintain their grades. Is that so wrong? I have probably prepared specifically for more games in the last two years than in the previous fifty years. I do not normally do any g...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11758

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

There's a standard phrase which at least some Congresses include on their entry forms, namely By entering, players agree to their grading information being published on the ECF website. Which does not give permission to the ECF to store and circulate their date of birth, as that is not amongst the ...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11758

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

I think the ECF grading database storing the dates of birth of sixty thousand people, mainly inactive players, and then circulating them to all graders in a readable form, is a GDPR issue. How many of these people have given permission to the ECF to store and circulate their dates of birth?
by Neill Cooper
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3859
Views: 421960

Re: Media comments on chess

Unsolved wall in only connect
by Neill Cooper
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4334

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Entries now coming in. So far: Under 18 Open – Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Kent, Sussex Under 18 Minor – Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Norfolk, Kent (http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/counties-main/) The closing date for entries is 18th Februar...
by Neill Cooper
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 18
Views: 3653

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

Is a headline from today's BBC web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42329564 But I have changed the word sport to Chess. The thrust of the argument put forward is that children have been driven away by coaches and parents forgetting it's all supposed to be fun. Consequently partici...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4334

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Entries now coming in. So far: Under 18 Open – Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Kent, Sussex Under 18 Minor – Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Norfolk, Kent (http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/counties-main/) The closing date for entries is 18th Februar...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 5722

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

The increasing number of daytime chess clubs provide an opportunity to play socially and some might find them more attractive than the traditional evening league based chess clubs. The gig economy means that not everyone is limited to play their chess in the evening or at weekends. In Surrey there ...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 5722

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

A few days ago a chess match was the second most popular stream on Twitch, with about 40,000 viewers. For the future, successfully streaming on Twitch might be more important than getting a late night TV programme.
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4334

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Various counties have expressed interest in entering though few have entered so far.
It should be noted that for entries received after 1st February 2018 there is an added charge of £20 per team.
by Neill Cooper
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Nat Schools Girls Championships 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3742

Re: The ECF Nat Schools Girls Championships 2018

Thank you Neill. A great event to be sure and growing , but I am not fully satisfied . Draw a line horizontally across the country north of Oxford and we can see why. Andrew Walker's excellent NSCC participation maps here show a similar North/South divide in the U19 Open. Since most teams are run b...