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by Richard James
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50277

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: 526
Views: 44519

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: 1169

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: 1474

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: 2341

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: 1031

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 50277

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: 526
Views: 44519

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...