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by Richard James
Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What makes a chessplayer Is it inherited
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: What makes a chessplayer Is it inherited

Matt

You're quite right: Fischer became a GM at 15 years 6 months 1 day. That's why I said that Coyle shot himself in the foot by claiming that he became a GM at 17. Clearly some outstandingly talented individuals can reach the top in less than 10 years.
by Richard James
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What makes a chessplayer Is it inherited
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: What makes a chessplayer Is it inherited

The latest research is leaning towards nurture being more important than nature, although, of course, you need both, which, I guess, is good news for all chess teachers. Recent popular books by the likes of Geoff Colvin and Daniel Coyle have drawn our attention to the 10 year 10000 hour rule, which ...
by Richard James
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 52950

Re: Certificate of Merit

Andy, Both you and Matt have some valid points. However, most teachers are going to check out the certificate of merit site and try the practise test before ordering the DVD and book etc. If registration is problematic and the practise tests are not that good (compare them with the free tests avail...
by Richard James
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Publicity for COM
Replies: 27
Views: 8512

Re: Publicity for COM

One forgets that not all schools play chess and that not all kids go to school - so how are "we" going to cover that or shall "we" just ignore them? :? Good point. And those kids who start young and maintain their interest after the age of 11 are those whose main chess focus is their family and/or ...
by Richard James
Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phone problems at local league level.
Replies: 288
Views: 18812

Re: Mobile Phone problems at local league level.

Quote: Also, last Summer at the Champions' League Chess Finals (Primary Schools') Final, one of the players was left on their own at a tournament for the first time by their parent. Their parent left them with a mobile phone to keep in touch and, oblivious to the law, phoned her during round 4 (I t...
by Richard James
Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: International Round Up 23/02/10
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Re: International Round Up 23/02/10

Hi Loz Many thanks for keeping us up to date on this. I'm surprised that the participation of two England teams in the European Senior Team Chess Championships in Dresden, which finished last week, does not seem to have been mentioned either in your round-up or on the ECF website. http://www.schachf...
by Richard James
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Glenn Lambert (1957-2003)
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Re: Glenn Lambert (1957-2003)

IM Jack Rudd wrote:That's what Woody Guthrie died of, yesno?
Yes, Jack, it was what Woody Guthrie died of.

Glenn Lambert's death was registered Q3 2003 (with his first name misspelled as Glen) - date of birth given as 8 September 1957.
by Richard James
Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Champs Brighton 1980
Replies: 20
Views: 4482

Re: British Chess Champs Brighton 1980

As a member of various genealogical websites I have immediate access to Births, Marriages and Deaths data. I was researching Michael Haygarth on behalf of someone else a few months ago. It appears that he married Margaret Boardman in 1982. I can find no record of any children. To the best of my know...
by Richard James
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9481

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Geoff Amos Burn wrote the chess column for The Field between 1913 and 1925. I note that Wikipedia, as well as giving this information, also claims that Blackburne wrote for The Field at the same time. I'm not at home at the moment so can't check this out but there may be is some confusion somewhere ...
by Richard James
Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9481

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi everyone

As far as I recall, we took the figures for Blackburne and other historical players from Elo.

If I were doing a new edition today I'd use Somas.

Richard
by Richard James
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The problems with junior chess
Replies: 118
Views: 12104

Re: The problems with junior chess

Adam As far as adult chess goes I agree with you, but I think junior chess is an entirely different situation. Every year EPSCA runs inter-area team championships at Under 9 and Under 11 levels. These are wonderful events and were always the highlight of the year for our players at Richmond. There a...
by Richard James
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess Coaching
Replies: 30
Views: 8799

Re: Chess Coaching

Deborah I'm using the full ChessBase but you must be able to do the same thing in ChessBase Light. I've been doing this for years with various versions of ChessBase and Fritz - several thousand games in total. For many years I posted annotated scores of all games played in the higher group of Richmo...
by Richard James
Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The problems with junior chess
Replies: 118
Views: 12104

Re: The problems with junior chess

I think the ECF have missed the boat if they wanted to centralise junior chess. They did nothing, so everyone else set up their own events. I don't think they'd be too happy for the ECF to suddenly say it was going to control them. I'm sure you're right, but perhaps they could work with junior orga...
by Richard James
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The problems with junior chess
Replies: 118
Views: 12104

Re: The problems with junior chess

Since my involvement with the 4NCL, I have always regarded the Map of Saxon Britain and the kingdoms of the Heptarchy as the definitive source. Those Saxons knew a thing or two about drawing boundaries. Adam Raoof (Hæstingas) Adam As you are the Director of Home Chess, what are your views as to wh...
by Richard James
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The problems with junior chess
Replies: 118
Views: 12104

Re: The problems with junior chess

If you search for Kingston, Richmond or East Molesey, you'll see that traditionally, all three come under Surrey. Geographically, it has always been in Surrey, so it's probably just a quirk of the borders. As for postal borders, you have to treat them as different from actual towns. Without a resou...