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by CliveHill
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Qualified Coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 2970

Re: Qualified Coaches

I think this is a great idea, but I'm just reposting what I've written in Sabrina's thread to the effect that alongside qualified and accredited coaches - I'm intensely relaxed about terminology - my "personal suggestion would be to create a sort of 'kite mark' - ECF inspected - which coaches who ad...
by CliveHill
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: BEWARE – Chess Coaching Scams
Replies: 92
Views: 14697

Re: BEWARE – Chess Coaching Scams

My contact in California tells me that the USCF requires a letter from an accredited USCF related group to become a certified chess coach, but I can see that this may set the bar too high in some circumstances and too low in others. My personal suggestion would be to create a sort of 'kite mark' - E...
by CliveHill
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: BEWARE – Chess Coaching Scams
Replies: 92
Views: 14697

Re: BEWARE – Chess Coaching Scams

I believe that this can happen anywhere; but especially with the relative anonymity of a large population centre. I have heard of similar things happening in California. I might be able to glean more from a contact of mine over there.

Gens Una Sumus,

Clive :-)
by CliveHill
Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 64196

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I am always very late for the party, but I finally got onto Facebook.

Where do I find the Centymca albums please?

All the best

C

PS. Found them! :-)
by CliveHill
Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 35614

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

So they all got to the Emerald City in the end and then went their separate ways.

Perhaps the 3 points for a win rule is a bit like having to click your ruby slippers one extra time in order to get back to Kansas!

:wink:
by CliveHill
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 35614

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

By the way ... in case I don't get to speak to you over the next 3 days, Stewart (R) ...

the solution to your puzzle is 1.f3 e5 (or e6) 2. Kf2 Qf6 3. Kg3 Qxf3+ 4. Kh4 Be7 mate!

Gens Una Sumus,

Clive

:-)
by CliveHill
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 35614

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

Even if you are a munchkin, you need to talk up your part.

:-)

Next year I might be 'The Cowardly Lion' !

;-)

Clive the Steward
by CliveHill
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 64196

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I could be wrong, but I think I recall that Martin Goldschmidt and David Goodman were roughly contemporaries at Upper Latimer school.

But as a mere 'local grammar school boy' (and an increasingly old codger) my views are not entirely to be relied upon.

:D

C
by CliveHill
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 35614

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

Look for the steward with a beard!

Could well be me! :-)
by CliveHill
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17830

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

This is virtually the same post that I just placed in the Centymca thread, where the subject was mentioned. "How Bohemian is your Chess (Cafe)"? :-) Just to let people know that the chess cafe idea is on the back burner at present (a) because the catering contact I was hoping to work with has droppe...
by CliveHill
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 64196

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

"Elsewhere Clive Hill mentioned running a chess café." Hi guys! The chess cafe idea is on the back burner at present (a) because the catering contact I was hoping to work with has dropped out and (b) because I am still juggling my life as an untenured academic (think FM with a relatively low rating...
by CliveHill
Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17830

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

Thanks for your input John. There are certainly many different pros and cons to be taken into account. The other bits of my life have not been going entirely smoothly (when do they ever?) ... so progress has been slow. I had indeed thought of the Baker Street area because of the proximity of the LCC...
by CliveHill
Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 64196

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I recall that many Centymca players made use of unusual openings. A subject that is still close to my heart today, although I don't think the UCO acronymn had been coined then. For example, Sandys used to play the Old Indian as White as well as Black (!), and John Yeo used to play strange versions o...
by CliveHill
Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17830

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

Hi Simon! Thanks for the info. The last time we met was very briefly in the street in Holborn in the early 1990s; you said you were writing a novel. I was living the dubious life of an untenured academic!! Any info about Sandys gratefully received. Private message ok; must remember to put more stuff...
by CliveHill
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 45837

Re: Certificate of Merit

Having once been a 'promising junior' who failed to become a master, my advice to a youngster (really a late teenager) would be (a) play correspondence/internet turn-based chess, so that losing just becomes part of life and you don't get phased by it. [Play under a pseudonym if you don't want to be ...