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by Matt Bridgeman
Tue May 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 179
Views: 8795

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Hats off Charlie, that was a very funny video! I think before poor Charlie has to dig out his one million Blitz and lightening victories, we should all really take a chill pill!
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue May 14, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 179
Views: 8795

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

I was going to stay well away from this thread, but I feel I have a small amount of insight to add. It took a while to write, so apologies if it appears completely out of context of any current discussions in this thread. I would start by saying I have a lot of respect for Charlie. He's been my daug...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3312

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

I think this is getting a little hysterical! The new selection criteria are actually very strict and are clearly aimed at getting England juniors to really work on their FIDE grades. I suspect though that both the recent World Schools (not World Youth) and the forthcoming European Schools are part o...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3312

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

I think this was a very harsh post. The European Schools and World Schools are regarded as developmental championships and did have up to this point a more relaxed selection criteria. The new regime is arriving though, as can be evidenced by the recent listing of qualifiers for the 'Major' Champions...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 2722

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

I wonder if it would be a worthwhile idea for the ECF to approach Nigel Short and suggest a proper overhaul of the current conditions set for European and World level junior events. Having done a couple of these trips now it seems to be that the events are modelled to be a money making venture for t...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64125

Re: Cheating in chess

You have to wonder about his parents' view on this sudden change in his performances. Were they helping him to perfect his cheating system? Did they need the prize money? It would be interesting to know what other entries he had lined up. Was the next stop the London Chess Classic? Perhaps he was t...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64125

Re: Cheating in chess

It it worth checking recent results from CCF internal competitions also : http://ratings.fide.com/individual_calculations.phtml?idnumber=467596&rating_period=2018-10-01 and http://ratings.fide.com/individual_calculations.phtml?idnumber=467596&rating_period=2018-11-01 Perhaps the issue could have be...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 57
Views: 6145

Re: 4NCL International Congress

There's quite a lot of movement on gaming type cases, where prosecutors are not leaving it to the national federations. In card gaming there was the recent Phil Ivey case, (although a civil case, there were criminal references made). And a few years earlier (2011), poker player Darren Woods was sent...
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 7090

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

The venue is a couple of miles away from the various hotels. Amazing venue really - 'the city of culture' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Culture_of_Galicia But it also has some building works going on and various health and safety issues with all this torrential rain today. It's been a pret...
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 57
Views: 6145

Re: 4NCL International Congress

His rd 8 win was a corker. Not bad for a 1200. Wouldn't have been out of place for a 2400 :roll: CCF, hhmm Wonder if his school gets informed? Can’t imagine they’d be too impressed... I wonder that this matter is being treated so lightly. This was surely a concerted attempt to gain £600 by fraudule...
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 7090

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Yes the kids are prepped, but the pairings will not be until tomorrow, touch wood. There's been an orange alert on the weather apparently, but with more bad weather on the way we can only have fingers crossed we don't lose other rounds. It's simul's in groups against the coaches at 4pm to keep sharp...
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 517
Views: 64125

Re: Cheating in chess

A junior...
who was in the process of dominating the U1825 4NCL International Congress last weekend, disqualified from the tournament for cheating. Not sure what type of cheating.
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 12723

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Further kudos to Lancashire FM Glenn House, scalping a strong IM in Mateusz Kolosowski, rated 2448. Of the English contingent only Michael Adams beat a stronger player today. So far Glenn has beaten a GM, lost to World number 6, Anish Giri and beaten an IM. Not too shabby!
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 12723

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Glenn's reward is to play black against Anish Giri tomorrow!
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 12723

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Great result by Morecambe player, FM Glenn House today, beating Indian GM Dhopade Swapnil. Only English player to beat a GM today it looks like.