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by HLang
Thu May 05, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: BUCA Team Championship Winners
Replies: 95
Views: 15740

Re: BUCA Team Championship Winners

I can piece together some old winners from this . Did anything happen in between? Yes. There was an event in Birmingham, in February 1998, won by Oxford on tie-break. http://replay.web.archive.org/20000310164050/http://www.chess-club.man.ac.uk/year97-98/interuni.html http://replay.web.archive.org/2...
by HLang
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's In-Tournament Training
Replies: 319
Views: 24414

Re: Women's In-Tournament Training

Threads like this one are why I think that Khendon's Law is a good idea:

"If the same point is made twice by the same person, the thread is over."

(Now for a further 5 pages of posts debating the exact meanings of words such as 'point', 'person', and 'over'!)
by HLang
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Promoting a pawn early in a game
Replies: 24
Views: 2106

Re: Promoting a pawn early in a game

In the five move version, the checkmate happens on the queenside:

1. d4 e5 2. Kd2 exd4 3. b3 d3 4. Kc3 dxe2 5. Kb2 exd1=N#
by HLang
Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Live Games
Replies: 49
Views: 4663

Re: Live Games

Lots of games... and lots of pieces!
by HLang
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First chess books for Kids
Replies: 23
Views: 3221

Re: First chess books for Kids

Suggesting doing puzzles / lessons / games on Chessmaster for the Nintendo DS (or PC), instead of using books, seems to be the most successful way of getting many children engaged pre-secondary school. I tend to recommend Chessmaster (10th edition or above) and http://www.chesskids.com as electronic...
by HLang
Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First chess books for Kids
Replies: 23
Views: 3221

Re: First chess books for Kids

Oh, and another GM recommended Bronstein's 1953 Candidates book when I asked for recommendations for keen 10-11 year olds who want to become strong players. When I asked what the lowest rating a player would need to have to get value from it was, the remark was that Bronstein's explanations were so ...
by HLang
Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First chess books for Kids
Replies: 23
Views: 3221

Re: First chess books for Kids

"Play Better Chess" by Leonard Barden is very good (not as a first book for U10s but over 10s, including beginning adults, should rip into it). I've seen an article by Jonathan Rowson where he recommends it as well for up-and-coming players. It's now out of print, but there are usually a few copies ...
by HLang
Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Junior Selection Policy
Replies: 51
Views: 6120

Re: Junior Selection Policy

The German system involves a local then a regional qualifying event for a national trial (or at least it did when I last knew of a player who was involved in it, two years ago). Players could qualify for a regional event by playing in a single local weekend junior tournament. The regional events con...
by HLang
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Surprised by Joy
Replies: 12
Views: 2112

Re: Surprised by Joy

Presumably from here: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=525 - found via a Google search for: site:www.englishchess.org.uk "Richard James" (I was slightly worried for a minute, as I'd suggested that our Scottish Olympiad board 4 look at the resources on chesskids.com to help with a school club ...
by HLang
Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University Challenge
Replies: 17
Views: 2254

Re: University Challenge

LozCooper wrote:Pride & Prejudice; Claire Summerscale, Cathy Warwick, Heather Lang, Rosalind Kieran, Sarah DeLisle.
I was lucky enough to get sport and Judith (when everyone else bar Sarah had been knocked out) - she knew a little bit less than I didn't.
by HLang
Fri May 07, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: An introduction...
Replies: 54
Views: 5209

Re: An introduction...

At my club, we've gradually gathered a 'critical mass' over the last few years. This is partly through having 3 women league players when I joined (which then became 4 and now 5 this year), partly through the willingness of all club members to play / look through games with juniors and new/returning...
by HLang
Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Volunteers Needed
Replies: 49
Views: 12070

Re: Volunteers Needed

Hi Peter, I think that if you have the seats down you could stack them 2 high and 3 wide. Probably 9-12 max (depending on shape of car), or perhaps more if you can get them 4 wide. I'll try to remember to measure a box tomorrow.
by HLang
Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Volunteers Needed
Replies: 49
Views: 12070

Re: Volunteers Needed

The boxes are the same size as a kerbside recycling box. Not sure what these dimensions actually are, but definitely not as wide as 1 metre. Edit: But not as small as a curver box. Unfortunately the boxes don't stack inside each other, or space could be saved that way when storing large numbers of t...
by HLang
Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Female Player Rule
Replies: 128
Views: 9414

Re: Female Player Rule

To increase female participation later on you need to have a lot more girls introduced to chess initially. Nothing short of chess being a compulsory school subject is likely to change the situation. Running a chess club in a girls' junior school can help: http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/getclub.p...
by HLang
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Where are the chess sets?
Replies: 76
Views: 16904

Re: Where are the chess sets?

There were originally 59* uncollected boxes of chess sets (107 supplied) in the Oxfordshire batch when Christmas came around. The number is now down to 46 uncollected as of this evening - I believe that schools are being given another chance to come and collect as the boxes have begun disappearing a...