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by Richard James
Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Book Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2433

Re: Book Recommendations

Hi Paul There's a lot of free stuff aimed at that sort of level on the books page of chessKIDS academy: http://www.chesskids.com/library09.htm . I've actually stopped teaching in after-school chess clubs of this nature because, as you say, all they want to do is shuffle the pieces around. I'm increa...
by Richard James
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence In The Game
Replies: 13
Views: 1815

Re: Violence In The Game

Sadly the TVL's archive for 2008-09 seem foobar, so I can't establish the Hammersmith player concerned. I could make a guess though! Your guess could well be right. Strangely, it took me 30 years to discover the identity of the Hammersmith player. I suspect I was there when the original incident to...
by Richard James
Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence In The Game
Replies: 13
Views: 1815

Re: Violence In The Game

Read the acknowledgements to Richard James & Mike Fox's "(Ever More) Complete Chess Addict" to work out which Richmond captain threw a left hook in a Thames Valley League match, which would not have shamed Mike Tyson... The two combatants played each other in the Thames Valley League last season, 3...
by Richard James
Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Googling English Chess Federation
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: Googling English Chess Federation

Just googled English Chess Federation. The first result was indeed the home page, but just underneath was a message 'Show map of Rue Honore Daumier, 34670 Baillargues, France' Any idea what the significance is? A quick check reveals that it's where Glenn Flear lives - it's on the ECF Accredited Coa...
by Richard James
Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Anagrams
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: Dress Code in Chess

Matthew Turner wrote:And for the ladies
Honest Girl?

(you'll have to think about that one)
English rot?
Night loser?
Longer sh*t?
He's not girl?
Hitler song?
Slight Nero?
by Richard James
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 28777

Re: Update on Project?

Anyone know what is happening with the support package? I was asked to write a book as part of the support package. About seven months ago I received a contract from the ECF. I replied, in part, as follows: Dear Chris (Majer) and Andrew (Martin) I am in receipt of the contract for Chess in the Clas...
by Richard James
Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess in Schools
Replies: 16
Views: 3194

Re: Chess in Schools

I am literally at this moment I've not seen this phrase used for years... Happy memories :D You could of used I am quite literally at this moment to score a maximum! I might HAVE done so but it would have added nothing to the meaning of my sentence. I used the word correctly and with a specific rea...
by Richard James
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess in Schools
Replies: 16
Views: 3194

Re: Chess in Schools

Just had a shred of good news. My old primary school is going to start teaching chess to people in Key Stage 2, in school time ( :!: ). Apparently, there's some wider-curriculum thing (that's how it was explained to me...), and as a result, the Headteacher of the school in my time there is returnin...
by Richard James
Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bit of help
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: bit of help

Mike Healey's notes, with permission. Punctuation marks removed because they got screwed up when I posted into this message. [Event "Uxbridge Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "2009.09.19"] [Round "2"] [White "Healey, Michael"] [Black "IM Cox, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A02"] [WhiteElo "2016"] [BlackElo "237...
by Richard James
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bit of help
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: bit of help

James

I forwarded this to Michael Healey earlier this morning. With any luck he'll get back to you.
by Richard James
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206
Replies: 62
Views: 10136

Re: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206

Junior prizewinners at Richmond: Open: 1st Yang-Fan Zhou (207 standard) Major (U170): 1st= Matthew Ward (151), Alexander Gordon-Brown (147) along with one adult Grading (U150): Amy Hoare (143) along with one adult Intermediate (U135): 1st Max Wood-Robinson (124), 2nd= Michael Pettit (118) along with...
by Richard James
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Checks on children's club drivers
Replies: 37
Views: 3974

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

Alex Holowczak wrote:If the NSPCC are against a policy that is supposed to protect children, you know it's a stupid idea.
Indeed. And the NSPCC sometimes tend to promote policies which some might think over-protective towards children.
by Richard James
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206
Replies: 62
Views: 10136

Re: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206

Well, I scored 2/6 today, and I was just under the 150 boundary, but that was more to do with messing up openings as black... I wasn't losing because I was outplayed, just because I made mistakes rushing given it was a rapidplay. Was he outplayed, or did he just make mistakes? I didn't see his last...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206
Replies: 62
Views: 10136

Re: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206

It can of course work the other way and give them confidence. For example, my son's rapidplay grade shot up from 145 to 184 in the recent regrading, based on some good results at Golders Green. Yesterday he played in the Open there, had a 190+ grading performance and a draw with black against IM Sh...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Checks on children's club drivers
Replies: 37
Views: 3974

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

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