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by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10049

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

I doubt there are any in secondary school either! However I accept that by secondary school specialist teachers would probably be required as in music/art etc. Is there any reason to limit the debate to full GCSE subject or nothing?
by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10049

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

Actually with a proper curriculum to follow the chess knowledge of the teacher need not be that high at all. If you try rephrasing that sentence by inserting "history" or "mathematics" or "chemistry" in place of "chess", you can perhaps see the problem with it. I can assure you we don't have nobel ...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10049

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

I'm surprised at the negative reaction from people on here. I think chess occupies a similar position to music and art in educational terms, undeniably beneficial whilst not strictly necessary. I don't see any reason why it couldn't be offered as an optional alternative to these subjects at any leve...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4360

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

I'm sorry but I have great sympathy with the people he played in those early rounds. Of course the players are affected even if it doesn't end up rated(Norm chances gone for a start). Given the effort and expense people put into chess I don't really see the funny side.
by Adam Ashton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4360

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

I doubt you'd be amused if you were one of the people who had their tournament ruined by this guy.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 60502

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Well counterplay with the h-pawn was prob a better chance than this but perhaps Pert was simply winning after all. Completely overlooked the obvious Rf8 :)
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 60502

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Perhaps Pert should have played a4 earlier, b5! was a good move. Was there anything better than Rf7?
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 60502

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Hmm if Short walks his King to d7 the Qxc5 somebody mentioned may actually occur!
by Adam Ashton
Tue May 03, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Bolton Easter 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 3002

Re: Bolton Easter 2011

Congrats to Don Mason! Banking on beating the 13 year old in the last round didn't quite go to plan :)

Was impressed with young McPhillips play throughout. Interesting to see how he does in the British if he takes up his place.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: The Pool Sucks
Replies: 99
Views: 7836

Re: The Pool Sucks

Yes, that's still fair. In phase 1 of the competition, you were in the bottom 4, and thus entered the relegation pool. In phase 2 of the competition, you were in the bottom 4, and thus were relegated. The 4NCL takes place over 11 rounds it isn't two completely seperate competitions(and if they are ...
by Adam Ashton
Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: The Pool Sucks
Replies: 99
Views: 7836

Re: The Pool Sucks

I'm not a fan of the 'pool' system either. I don't think Wigan would calmly accept it if you removed a win over Man Utd from their results and told them they should have beat West Ham! There is no justification for completely disregarding earlier results in the same division/season. If 12 teams isn'...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 7807

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

Look your point of view is valid and you're entitled to it, I simply disagree. I do think it's a serious offence(in chess playing terms). The other examples given are quite obviously not relevant to this discussion. People follow published analysis at their own risk how you can compare this to cheat...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 7807

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

Didn't realise the father was a 2200+ player as well, I stand corrected on that point. I agree he should be treated exactly the same and the chessbase article was unfairly focused on her. Still that isn't any kind of defense for her is it? Just means that her father should be included too. As for th...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess fraud in New Zealand
Replies: 69
Views: 7807

Re: Chess fraud in New Zealand

I believe the girl is significantly stronger than her father which is why she has recieved most of the attention. If the Father's rating exceeds the tournament limits then obviously the same applies to him also.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting chess recognised as a sport
Replies: 45
Views: 3579

Re: Getting chess recognised as a sport

I've never understood this drive to make chess a sport. A lot of chessplayers(myself included) don't even consider it to be one and also as Mr Sanders implied I think the financial benefits are largely imaginary.

How about a campaign to get chess into the school curriculum or something useful.