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by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

"However, as responsible adults we have to recognise that they have other needs; psychological and physical. I am afraid looking at the time-table, it did not appear that these were being met." "....they are just kids (not just any old kids - our very own kids) and at the end of the day, we must ne...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

"If something is inherently not right (and I feel that it is not)..." "We have to inspire our youngsters not drive them away." Just to pick up on a couple of these points: (1) I would like to know on what basis you feel you have better insights than those who have actually been there and led / deli...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

Mmmmm. Interesting. More change needed here methinks. This is bonkers. If you are so opposed to the schedule, which presumably has been devised by the head of delegation and the chess coaches. I dont understand why you are so keen to change the selection rules to allow your child to attend. For why...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

i don't see why everyone has to spend hours going through everyone else's games, when sometimes they just need a break. They don't have to. Totally optional. Some players choose to participate in and contribute to the review of their team-mates' games, others choose not to. Depends on the individua...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

I have only become involved in the chess scene due to my son's interest and I have found it very difficult to know which tournaments he should be entering. Like you, I would love to have "more guidance and more structure for his development." Michael Adams' father wrote an account of his son's deve...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

That might be fine for adult events (and no doubt his opponents wouldn't complain because it would be an easy win for them), but what good will it do for the development of up-and-coming youngsters to go the World/Euro events and end up playing against opponents who also might know barely nothing a...
by Jim Wadsworth
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

Jim, I noticed your comment "Either way, little to no time for "holiday" activity other than on the single rest day, on which the players are generally so tired all they want to do is hang around the hotel" I appreciate that the chess at these events is very gruelling. However, I still think it is ...
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

I hope you don't mind if i pick up on this "pressure" point because i must say from the experience of someone who followed the World Youth trail 15-20 years ago it is not something i recognise. Now it may just say something about my approach to the game, but i didn't notice World Youth Championship...
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

Hi Jim, Can I ask, how much exactly/approx. was it for coaching? Can you give us a break down of the £800? Cheers Krishna As I said in prior post... Can't remember the exact breakdown That said, coaching related costs were probably more than half of the c£800. Whatever it was, it was by far the m...
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

Is this conditional on having a player in each age group, or it just a set number of places regardless of entry which the ECF could, if it wished, use to "cross-subsidise" if they chose not to send entries in certain sections? As I understand it, it is the former, i.e. you get the "free" U14 girl p...
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

David, There are still 'free' places at the european, although in reality there is no such thing as a free place. There are FIDE fees and organisers add on additional cost for transport, or supplements for not having 6 to room, so even the free places cost several hundred pounds. You then have to a...
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

However, if this issue is going to cause difficulty, perhaps we should adopt a less restrictive selection policy only for the European Youth Championships (where there is no "free" first nomination). There is no difference on the "one free place" rules between European Youth and World Youth Champs....
by Jim Wadsworth
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29807

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

I have been spectating this discussion on the Forum, and have been reflecting on the many and diverse views expressed. I now feel the need to contribute. Apologies in advance for the length of the below, hopefully it is a helpful contribution to the debate. Before starting let me declare a personal ...