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by Richard James
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Postal players
Replies: 26
Views: 4388

Re: Postal players

by Richard James
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: Peter A Williams Jnr.

Has Peter A. Williams Jnr. (the subject of at least one television programme about child genius) ever been selected for England? I can't recall a single instance of selection. Has Peter not been noticed by the selectors or has he (or someone else) declined the invitation? :? He played in the Europe...
by Richard James
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

The best kids are encouraged to play in the best events. This is already happening. Sadly that isn't true. I know from speaking to the ECF Junior Director that he has chosen to impose a limit of one player per age category per event. So if there is more than one deserving candidate, it's tough luck...
by Richard James
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

One issue that needs to be addressed (and should have been addressed years ago) is that the so-called British Junior Championships are very far from being representative. Take for example the U13 championship. The top seed is graded 183, the second seed graded 131. I've been looking at last year's g...
by Richard James
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

I do not understand why we do not send ALL our best juniors to the Worlds and/or European tournaments. Just look at the number of kids that other European countries send ... France, Germany, Spain, Italy ... all send about 4 or 5 times as many as we do. With respect, Peter, this is no longer the ca...
by Richard James
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

Some people of that age don't want people to know that they play chess. About half of the players at my school didn't want their names in reports. They only played if I ignored the fact their match existed. Chess has a "stigma" attached to it, and the only way to keep juniors interested who aren't ...
by Richard James
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

We should perhaps ask ourselves why it is that the fairly large numbers of juniors we have playing up to the end of Year 6 drop off so much after that. It is not entirely down to academic pressures. Something in our junior chess system is contributing to the drop-out rate. Could it partly be our se...
by Richard James
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: quiz when was the last time the british champion lost.
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: quiz when was the last time the british champion lost.

Oh, here's a question I don't know the answer to, but I know there has been at least one. How many British champions have a 100% record, i.e. they have won every British championship in which they have taken part? Without double checking a possible list is: Napier 1904 Griffith 1912 Combe 1946 Yano...
by Richard James
Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

I acknowledge that Peter Purland and others have been working very hard on our junior organization, including tournaments, but I can't help feeling we've got some way to go yet, and I'm not at all convinced that we are moving in the right direction. Why do we persist in thinking that the homespun E...
by Richard James
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"
Replies: 13
Views: 2174

Re: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"

Justin I'm afraid I don't have the information you require. I only have national lists from about 1988 onwards, before that union grades were published separately so I only have the SCCU lists. Christopher Flintoff's birth was registered in Preston in the 3rd quarter of 1974 so you'd need the NCCU l...
by Richard James
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"
Replies: 13
Views: 2174

Re: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"

Geoff

How did you get hold of my c.1965 passport photograph?
by Richard James
Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

I've just doen a quick head count at the Spanish Chess Federation website. Entries for for the current Spanish Junior Championships in Granada are: U18:96, U16:164, U14:150, U12:156, U10:157, U8:35 Particularly impressive are the numbers entering the older age groups; compared to the UK, the number...
by Richard James
Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"
Replies: 13
Views: 2174

Re: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"

Not sure. I can try to look up the grading info for you. I presume it was one of these EPSCA matches. EPSCA have for many years run U11 international matches. The top players sometimes get trips abroad but there are also matches against Wales for those who don't make the main team. So every year 20-...
by Richard James
Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"
Replies: 13
Views: 2174

Re: "Flintoff's brother even played chess for England"

To the best of my knowledge Chris Flintoff played for the England U11 team.

According to http://www.cricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/ ... 55374.html Freddie himself played for Lancashire U11s.
by Richard James
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jeremy Clarkson - chess fan?
Replies: 22
Views: 3094

Re: Jeremy Clarkson - chess fan?

A quick google reveals that Michael Jackson had a marble chess set and board. No idea whether he played, though.

Jeremy Clarkson? No thanks!