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by Richard James
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Resources for coaching 11+ students
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Re: Resources for coaching 11+ students

I'm currently working on a series of books designed mainly for children who have learnt the basics and would like to play competitive chess. This may well be exactly what you're looking for.

If you're interested I can send you more information about the project.
by Richard James
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Surrey County Junior Selectors?
Replies: 43
Views: 3296

Re: Surrey County Junior Selectors?

Confused? You will be! Historically, EPSCA was, as far as I understand it, a competition between LEAs rather than counties. In some areas they were the same thing, in other areas they were different. Back in the 1970s/80s, there were many primary schools with a headteacher or other senior member of ...
by Richard James
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

Ps I noticed above that a point was raised about follow on from the U11 teams, I would like to point out that when I was organising the Surrey junior teams for the older age range, the organisers of RJCC were most helpful in identifying which of their players were eligible to play in the Surrey tea...
by Richard James
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

David Sedgwick wrote:...Richmond Junior Chess Club, one of the most successful English chess bodies of the last 50 - 75 years.
Thank you for your kind words, David.
by Richard James
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

Thanks David so from the link Richmond includes Hammersmith & Fulham Hounslow Kensington & Chelsea Merton Richmond-upon-Thames Wandsworth and not just Richmond junior chess club. So a question to Paul is - would Richmond pick a player that was not a member of Richmond junior chess club? Answering o...
by Richard James
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Re: Chess Book Idea

John Moore wrote:Gennady Efimovich Nesis was one time Correspondence Chess World Champion. As some wit remarked at the time, they fully expected the next Russian Correspondence Champion to be called E X Odus and so on and so forth.
I think that was me, in Addicts' Corner, although I probably wasn't alone.
by Richard James
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

It eventually became too difficult, though, because of increasing academic pressures. I'm sure that's true, but this constant refrain drives me mad. When I was at school, at what would nowadays be considered a "crammer", I'm sure we worked quite hard, but certainly not to the point of excluding che...
by Richard James
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

At Watford, we're trying an experiment. It's been difficult to persuade the club juniors (with a few exceptions) to participate in inter-club league matches (which invariably occur Mondays to Thursdays, rather than Fridays) because late nights don't mix too well with school next morning. However, w...
by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Producing a few strong players is great, but if you don't produce players who will spend money on chess and support the professionals they'll find more lucrative things to do with their time. Ah yes! The important thing is subsidising the professionals! Now I understand very clearly. Not. No. That'...
by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

The academic pressures are much higher now. Evening league matches are too late for younger children and older children have too much homework. What used to exist but I doubt exists today is a network of inter school matches taking place on Friday evenings starting at an after school time like 5pm....
by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

The most important thing is to produce hundreds of juniors who reach a reasonable level (say grade 75+) and take a lifelong interest in chess. For the thirty year period between 1965 and 1995, the English chess scene achieved this. You might argue an earlier start date than 1965. It's the last twen...
by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 4NCL Rapidplay Championships
Replies: 20
Views: 1948

Re: 4NCL Rapidplay Championships

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Roger de Coverly wrote: How many of us are, or ever were, touch typists?
I am.
So am I. I learnt to touch type in my teens because my handwriting was so bad. It had several unforeseen benefits.
by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47429

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

So which is more important? A few strong juniors or thousands of not so strong juniors? Neither. The most important thing is to produce hundreds of juniors who reach a reasonable level (say grade 75+) and take a lifelong interest in chess. Not a lot of point in producing thousands of weak juniors w...
by Richard James
Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

A BMD search locates Frank Raven Adcock, born Swaffham, Norfolk 1870, died Norwich 1949.

There are 8 problems (6 #2, 2 #3) on the MESON database.
by Richard James
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Mark Dvoretsky
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

Mark Dvoretsky

The Russian Chess Federation is reporting the sad news that the legendary chess trainer and author Mark Dvoretsky has died.

http://ruchess.ru/news/all/ushel_iz_zhi ... voretskiy/