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by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 78
Views: 8796

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

"They are quite tough on immigration too, but not quite as intractable as the UK it would seen." No necessarily, I think Australia has different criteria regarding suitability. I'm pretty sure the father would find IT related skills and professions featuring quite prominently on the Australian visa...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 78
Views: 8796

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I found the news very surprising. It's going to be a great loss to English chess if he has to leave later this year. I'd seriously consider going to Australia. Economically it's booming, and Shreyas could along with Anton Smirnov - 16 and rated 2549 - aim to spearhead the new wave of Aussie chess pl...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: South Lakes Congress 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1789

South Lakes Congress 2017

GM Nigel Davies continues his successful comeback, winning the Open with 4.5/5.

http://www.barrowchessclub.co.uk/slc%20 ... tables.htm
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

...and of course in junior terms, the ECF organise the actual proper England junior teams going to European Schools, European Union, World Schools, World Cadets and World Junior Championships, etc, not to mention having titled chess players in attendance to assist with coaching duties.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

The Quad match was a actually pretty reasonable. Lots of good chess players. The odd thing like you say is that just about all EPSCA events are unrated. Apart for the Squad Championship, which is on a date directly clashing with the next ECF Academy weekend. I find the whole system very 'silo' orien...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

I think the under 11 EPSCA trials feed into the National Junior Squad. It is certainly confusing for a chess parent, especially as the junior section of ECF website contains a link to the National Junior Squad website. On the face of it you could assume they are part of the same organisation. Howeve...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

On the one hand it's great there is a variety of extra individual and team events under the EPSCA banner. And there are certainly juniors who miss these extra events when they move into their secondary school years. But I do think using branding such as 'England Trials' and 'National Junior Squad' i...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: English Primary Schools Chess Association
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Re: English Primary Schools Chess Association

As a chess parent, it's only recently I've discovered the difference. The ECF is responsible for the England junior team. EPSCA have created something called the National Junior Squad, which in extra confusing fashion runs the under 11 England Trials. However neither of these lead to the ECF England...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF North West Girls' Championship
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Re: ECF North West Girls' Championship

The results from the first ECF North West Girls' Rapidplay Championship;

http://chess-results.com/tnr238392.aspx ... YES&wi=821
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF North West Girls' Championship
Replies: 1
Views: 744

ECF North West Girls' Championship

There is now a brand new event just added to the ECF calendar - the ECF North West Girls' Rapidplay Championship. It will be held in Arnside on Sunday 11th September;

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/event/ec ... ce_id=1343
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Junior events at the British Chess Championship 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2818

Re: Junior events at the British Chess Championship 2016

As a chess parent I must say the Bournemouth event was excellent. Well organised and in an interesting, family friendly location. My daughter, Niamh had one of her better performances. 3rd equal overall in the under 10's - half a point ahead of the aforementioned Shreyas Royal - and 1st Girl by a fu...