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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: 651

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: 11714

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: 2233

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: 2233

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: 11714

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: 2233

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: 2233

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: 3185

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!
by Richard James
Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian column
Replies: 4
Views: 1003

Re: Guardian column

It's in my copy - page 12 of the Sports section. Nosher's win in the Sigeman tournament.
by Richard James
Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13207

Re: Descriptive notation

Matthew Tapp wrote: Also, Russell A James (who is roughly the same age as me - mid 30s) almost certainly did not play in the Barnstaple Open in 1972
Before anyone asks, it wasn't me playing in the 1972 Barnstaple Open either.
by Richard James
Fri May 29, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players playing above their sections in congresses
Replies: 36
Views: 3146

Re: Players playing above their sections in congresses

Ben Purton wrote:James , Jonathan

Any idea who won the eastman cup it was DK(My team) V Richmond(My former team) and I didnt play before of this fact. Therefore curious who won.

Hi Ben

Richmond won
by Richard James
Sun May 24, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairings
Replies: 10
Views: 1696

Pairings

Just noticed the Round 5 pairings from the Amersham Open.

Board 19 - Almond v Tart.

Congratulations Sean (or your computer).
by Richard James
Sat May 23, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Kick-starting chess
Replies: 18
Views: 2993

Re: Kick-starting chess

William Metcalfe wrote:chesskids is a really good web site with lots of puzzles and ideas for kids
Many thanks for the plug, William. You beat me to it.

Work is proceeding (slowly) on a completely new version. Watch this space.
by Richard James
Thu May 07, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 27612

Re: Update on Project?

May 2009: The English Chess Federation’s flagship project for the coming year is Chess for Schools – an endeavour to put chess sets in every school in England, and then follow up with the objective of establishing new school chess clubs. The original concept for the project came from the child o...
by Richard James
Thu May 07, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 27612

Re: Update on Project?

I received a press release from the ECF at 14.09 this afternoon. No doubt it will be posted on the ECF website shortly.