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by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

JustinHorton wrote:
Wei Yi left home to live with his chess coach at seven
Can't say I'm an enormous admirer of this kind of thing
Of course I agree entirely, for all sorts of reasons.
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

I have a rather different view on the matter to Richard and to Gelfand, for which see my Guardian article below. On the main point that junior and especially primary school chess is far too geared to weak players, of course I agree. I have a rather different view from Gelfand as well, as explained ...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Anyone who knows me well will be aware that I'm not the biggest fan of the UK Chess Challenge in its current form. I recently came across an interview with Boris Gelfand which included the following: Now almost everyone is focused on an immediate result – largely because there are too many champions...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Last year they were quoting "48200 children", also from 1400 schools. 1400 Schools at £ 40 a school is £ 56,000, which is within the VAT turnover limit. It would be only when you add n times £ 15 where n in the number of entrants to Mega, Giga and Strat stages that you get above the VAT limit. Spon...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

The entry fee last year was £40 for 30 children, not 40 children, plus an extra £15 for 15 additional children. The numbers are, of course, exaggerated. Many schools will only have 20, or even 10 children in their club, but they still have to enter for 30 children. There's also a small, probably in...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 47035

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

A few factual corrections: The UKCC used to claim 75000 children taking part. The report on the 2016 event claims "45000 children from 1400 schools". Last year they were quoting "48200 children", also from 1400 schools. There has been a steady decline in numbers for the past decade or so. The entry ...
by Richard James
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 35958

Re: Chess history trivia

Ok, another question a bit harder by my standards, who once received an invite to the Cambridge - Oxford matches for past members, the first of which began on March 27th 1889, had his acceptance to play withdrawn by his doctor? He had the result telegraphed to him and sadly died less than 5 days af...
by Richard James
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and schools
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Chess and schools

Here's the full report on the EEF/CSC project.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

Re: UTU/Tournament Director problem

First of all, I'm aware that there are two records in the grading list with non-standard characters in the name field, which I have to edit manually before installation (I was responsible for one of these myself!). I have no problem importing - without any manual edits - the latest (June 2016) grad...
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

Re: UTU/Tournament Director problem

Yes, I'm using the ECF Master List, the latest version downloaded from the SCCU website. I receive regular emails from Richard Haddrell instructing me to do this.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

Re: UTU/Tournament Director problem

I'd sent an email to Neil as well (he hasn't replied yet) but thought I might get a quicker reply here.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

Re: UTU/Tournament Director problem

I think I've now managed to install it by deleting the ages for anyone born before 1930. I hope no one over the age of 85 will take part in any Richmond Junior Club events.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

Re: UTU/Tournament Director problem

I deleted the DOB for Mr Adams, who, I guess, is unlikely to play in future Richmond Rapidplays, and still less likely to play in Richmond Junior events, and got another error from someone born in 1924. I'm not sure how far I'm going to have to go until I get it to work.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: UTU/Tournament Director problem
Replies: 17
Views: 2669

UTU/Tournament Director problem

I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm trying to install the current ECF grading list into UTU Swiss/Tournament Director in order to submit some results for grading. First of all, I'm aware that there are two records in the grading list with non-standard characters in the name field, which I have to ed...
by Richard James
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Surrey Junior Chess Association?
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: Surrey Junior Chess Association?

There's also Richmond Junior Club, although it currently meets in Middlesex. Your players would also be very welcome to attend our Rapidplays, Holiday Chess Camps etc..