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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: 5780

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: 5780

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: 4426

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: 3795

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...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 5780

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

Just to add, I do have a few ideas I want to try locally and am looking to set in motion. I know writing verbose posts on forums is one of the easier bits. The answer to the thread title is 'no one'. It would be nice if there was someone responsible at the ECF but there are already enough ECF vacan...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 247
Views: 25949

Re: County Championship Consultation

"Coursework is oftentimes the "well-documented" reason that children give parents (or the reason that parents give teachers), when juniors drop chess. But from my experience it is generally untrue. " From my experience, it is generally true! I coached at a local school for a couple of years (recent...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Nat Schools Girls Championships 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: The ECF Nat Schools Girls Championships 2018

Congratulations, Andrew, on your success with this tournament. It is particularly good to see so many secondary schools taking part.
by Neill Cooper
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Elite Chess League
Replies: 3
Views: 3969

Elite Chess League

I have just come across http://elitechessleague.com/ and wondered if anyone here has tried it out. They claim: ECL is the pioneer in esportifying chess… EChess ECL, is a 100% digital league with the most revolutionary format for chess... With in-game Surprises, LifeSavers, and PowerUps, we’re making...
by Neill Cooper
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4426

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Some discussion about this competition has been posted at viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9373#p207831
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

I think some philosophical thought about the competition is needed about its future format. It should be a prestigious ECF event, yet it has routinely struggled to find an organiser and its own slot in the calendar. I'm grateful to you for organising it in 2018, even if my own commitments prevent m...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: SCCU U14/U130 tournament

Great to hear of all these events. What rate of play do you use for 3 rounds in a day? Hopefully most of these counties will play at the ECF U18 County Championships at Grantham on February 25th. Historically there was an ECF U18 county girls event - should we consider re-instating that? Entrants we...
by Neill Cooper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: SCCU U14/U130 tournament
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

SCCU U14/U130 tournament

I think the SCCU U14/U130 tournament are the only inter-county junior matches (as opposed to Jamborees) still taking place. It gives a chance for those who have moved to secondary school to continue playing for their county, and to keep on playing chess. The first match of the season took place last...
by Neill Cooper
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 4426

ECF U18 County Championships 2018

I am pleased to announce that the ECF U18 County Championships will take place in 2018. Brief details are given below. Date: Sunday 25th February Place: The King’s School, Grantham Sections: ECF U18 Open (12 players) and U18 Minor (6 players, grade limited) Organiser: Neill Cooper, ECF Manager of Sc...
by Neill Cooper
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4150
Views: 449009

Re: Media comments on chess

Hyundai using chess to advertise on the back of this week's Economist.
I wonder if they would be willing to sponsor chess?
by Neill Cooper
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National School Chess Championships 2017/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1930

Re: National School Chess Championships 2017/18

Now up to 153 teams from 98 schools. The largest entry in seven years, but there is still the opportunity for more teams to enter at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open-2/ For the past entry figures see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Schools_Chess_Championship which was largely taken fro...