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by Richard James
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 29106

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: 3224

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: 3224

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: 615

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: 615

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: 10236

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: 4025

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: 10236

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: 10236

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: 4025

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

If you object to the proposed new legislation you might consider signing this petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/vetting2/petition.html
by Richard James
Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206
Replies: 62
Views: 10236

Re: new grades wow brandon clarke shot up 206

Yang-Fan Zhou just won the Open section of the Richmond Rapidplay ahead of IMs Cech, Buckley, Wall, Basman etc.. However... A new 12-year-old chess player has just joined the school where I teach. His rapidplay grading history is as follows: 2006 0 Jan 2007 0 Jul 2007 43 Jan 2008 46 Jul 2008 49 (als...
by Richard James
Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players agreeing to their own time controls (part II)
Replies: 20
Views: 1726

Re: Players agreeing to their own time controls (part II)

I'm somewhere on the autistic spectrum, but have no problems writing notation from a board with no numbering. But as I've learnt using algebraic notation, I'd find it very distracting if the pieces were set up wrong way round, i.e. black on numbers 1&2, and white on 7&8. Much more distracting than ...
by Richard James
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: drunk french super gm Forfeits game
Replies: 107
Views: 10028

Re: drunk french super gm Forfeits game

I was in Leipzig 1960 and don't recall any scandal on that game. I've now checked the reference page 268 of "The even more complete chess addict". It appears it was the rather less illustrious New York State Championship! There's three pages there, subtitled "Drink like a Grandmaster". I wouldn't b...
by Richard James
Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Latest News Sponsorship Pack
Replies: 36
Views: 11286

Re: Latest News Sponsorship Pack

A quote from the brochure: "The Aim: To create school chess clubs and inter-school chess tournaments." I'm sorry but I consider this misguided. The first aim should be to provide high quality step-by-step chess education in schools. I spent 15 years of my life running school chess clubs. I eventuall...
by Richard James
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 4006

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

I've been doing some research into Mrs Sidney. There is some confusion as in four separate documents her name is given as Eliza, Elizabeth, Ellen and Helen. My guess is that she was actually Eliza, and that, far from being the aristocratic grande dame and Lady Bountiful you might have expected, her ...