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by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5314

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Don't forget the players who have it the hardest are the poor well behaved junior players who have to put up with playing some terribly behaved brats on a regular basis. But as an aside, it bothers me a little that most of the leagues and clubs in my neck of the woods in the North West just don't ha...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316480

Re: Media comments on chess

It was Elizabeth Paehtz, who I now an IM I think. 2001, so it will depend if they've improved at all in the meantime.
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316480

Re: Media comments on chess

Former undisputed heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis is having a rematch with his final boxing opponent, and former champion, Vitali Klitschko ...but in a chess match! Lewis and both Klitschko brothers were quite famous for enjoying chess during their boxing careers. I suspect Vitali is a stronger c...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Crowd funding for World Cadets Chess Championships
Replies: 0
Views: 665

Crowd funding for World Cadets Chess Championships

Niamh Bridgeman, who is 12 years old, has set up a crowd funding page at Just Giving to help fund her trip to the World Cadets Championship in Santiago De Compostela, Spain between the 3rd and 16th November 2018. It would be great if you took a look;

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/niamh-bridgeman
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 78
Views: 8344

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

The other interesting question to me is whether the potential will be realised. I've seen quite a few prospects reaching the age of 12 having been on the regime of 200+ rated games a year and 15 hours+ training a week for years, and they've clearly had enough of the whole business, even if they are ...
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: 8344

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: 8344

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: 1767

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: 7167

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: 7167

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: 7167

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: 7167

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: 7167

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: 728

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: 728

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