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by Richard James
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 48804

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: 48804

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: 48804

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: 48804

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: 1994

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: 48804

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: 482
Views: 39516

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: 1143

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/
by Richard James
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trying to find out my BCF rating for 1992
Replies: 10
Views: 1414

Re: Trying to find out my BCF rating for 1992

Richard

Your grade was 127 in 1991 and 120 in 1992.

I have grading lists going back to the early/mid 70s here and can look up anything you want.
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Does primary school coaching generate the elite?
Replies: 20
Views: 2245

Re: Does primary school coaching generate the elite?

The question posed in the threat title seems rather strange to me. Do you mean coaching in primary schools (in which case the answer's No) or coaching at primary school age (in which case the answer's Yes)? There are three reasons why you might want to run a junior chess programme. 1. To produce eli...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Why Leonard Barden was so successful
Replies: 5
Views: 990

Re: Why Leonard Barden was so successful

I don't actually think that Richard James' and Leonard Barden's views are mutually exclusive, at least not in outline. I think it is important to encourage chess at the level and age that the players are and to get them to move on to the next level when they are ready. I am a great fan of the step-...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 48804

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

At least two dozen studies have shown that people expecting to receive a reward for completing a task (or for doing it successfully) simply do not perform as well as those who expect nothing (Kohn, 1993). This effect is robust for young children, older children, and adults; for males and females; f...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 48804

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

There must be something fundamentally sound about the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge since it has thrived for twenty years and become the biggest Junior event in the UK. During that time, how many children have kept playing chess through secondary school, and gone on to play chess in their twe...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 48804

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: 48804

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 ...