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by Richard James
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Perfect Weather for an away match to Muswell Hill
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Perfect Weather for an away match to Muswell Hill

School's closed today so I'm sitting at home waiting for news of tonight's Kingston A v Richmond A Thames Valley League match.

Just as I posted this an email arrived informing me that the match has been cancelled.
by Richard James
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on BBC1 prime time
Replies: 2
Views: 1012

Re: Chess on BBC1 prime time

There was also chess on BBC2 last night.

The Victorian Farm featured a chess problem from the Boys' Own Paper of, I think, 1897. The days when chess was considered appropriate for older, rather than younger children.
by Richard James
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why will might have a new board 1 for the olympiad team.
Replies: 52
Views: 4069

Re: Why will might have a new board 1 for the olympiad team.

Secondly, Leonard Barden, whether or not Emma's Dad realises or appreciates this or not, was in his day one of the leading players in the UK. He has been a respected observer of the chess scene for half a century. If we are comparing people on the basis of their ability and experience, Emma's Dad v...
by Richard James
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Step by Step Method
Replies: 16
Views: 11164

Re: Step by Step Method

This brings up several issues concerning chess in schools which I will outline here. (These comments mainly relate to the concept of introducing chess to children at the age of, say, 7. The introduction of chess in secondary schools is a very different, and very important issue.) 1. There is an enor...
by Richard James
Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Step by Step Method
Replies: 16
Views: 11164

Re: Step by Step Method

Charles/Michele The English language version of the website is at http://www.stappenmethode.nl/stepsmethod/index.html . Paul Many thanks for your comments and sharing your experiences of the course in Holland. Peter I was hoping you'd reply as we've spoken briefly about it IRL and you told me you'd ...
by Richard James
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Step by Step Method
Replies: 16
Views: 11164

Re: Step by Step Method

I have the complete course (apart from one volume which disappeared, as things do, at school and is currently being re-ordered) and have some views on the subject.

I will await further postings before expressing my opinions.
by Richard James
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Step by Step Method
Replies: 16
Views: 11164

Step by Step Method

Has anyone out there had any experience with the Step by Step method of teaching chess which has been used very successfully in Holland and elsewhere in Europe for many years? It is endorsed by the Dutch Chess Federation and is used in the majority of schools and clubs in Holland and Belgium. The co...
by Richard James
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Academic Assistance
Replies: 19
Views: 2293

Re: Academic Assistance

"At primary school level, when there are an equal number of boys and girls playing, there's a level playing field." Whoever this Gerry Wade (Garry, Walsh, Welsh, Jerry...) chap is he obviously has little experience running chess clubs in primary schools. The above assertion is nonsense :!: Nick, I ...
by Richard James
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Frank Crowl
Replies: 1
Views: 1059

Re: Frank Crowl

Paul

You're welcome to consult my copies of BCM 1921-27 here any time I'm free.


Richard
by Richard James
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19696

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

The moment chess loses its mystique, its power as a metaphor for intellectual endeavour on the frontier between the human and the divine, then it loses its draw for sponsors. Who after all would want to be associated with nerdy juvenilia? Well said, Paul. And running school chess clubs convinced me...
by Richard James
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19696

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

In a determined bid to make myself unpopular, could I kick against the pricks and suggest that the presence of large numbers of kids in the championship, actually helps reinforce the Clapham Omnibus view that chess isn't something that grown ups should take seriously? There are far fewer kids in th...
by Richard James
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Grandmasters
Replies: 59
Views: 24824

Re: British Grandmasters

At the time in question (late 1970s) Keene believed that Penrose had been insufficiently active in international chess during his period at the top. Keene also had a plus in their personal games and had been present at Bath 1973 and Nice 1974 when Penrose was in decline, so this probably also colou...
by Richard James
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Grandmasters
Replies: 59
Views: 24824

Re: British Grandmasters

Paul According to http://www.mieses.net : Mieses emigrierte 1938 mit 15 Mark in der Tasche nach England und nahm Ende der 40er Jahre die britische Staatsbürgerschaft an, weswegen er auch als erster britischer Großmeister gilt. Quick and approximate translation: Mieses emigrated to England in 1938 ...
by Richard James
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Schools Liasion Officers?
Replies: 5
Views: 4014

Re: Schools Liasion Officers?

John and Peter Yes, the Richmond Chess Initiative was funded by Stanley Grundy and by local charities. I was working through the Education Department of the Borough of Richmond upon Thames and at one point had an office there but was not directly paid by them. Originally we were encouraging schools ...