Any News?

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Any News?

Post by Matthew Turner » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:33 am

I have returned to school today and there seems to have been remarkably little said about the chess for schools project over the last few weeks - is everytyhing in place for the start of the new academic year?

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Re: Any News?

Post by John Upham » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:50 am

Matthew,
I am informed that two lots of sets have been delivered to the two schools for promotional purposes.

I would imagine that Charles WW will update us as to the agreed delivery dates of the next tranche.

I am sure its all in hand.

John

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Re: Any News?

Post by Neill Cooper » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:01 pm

Our school got the following email during the summer holidays:

> Dear Head Teacher,
>
> Thank you for your response to our campaign to provide schools with ten
> free chess sets, I'm delighted to say that your application has been
> successful and your school is now entered on our distribution database.
>
> Production of the sets is now in full swing and delivery is scheduled to
> commence in September/October 2008. The delivery will take place from
> central distribution points and this may take up to a year.
>
> You will be notified nearer to the time when you may expect delivery of
> your sets.
>
> This is just an update to keep you informed.
>
> Gerry Walsh
> President English Chess Federation

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Re: Any News?

Post by Matthew Turner » Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:37 am

Thanks to John and Neill for their information, but it would be really helpful to have an update from Charles Wood or an ECF official on how things were progressing.

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Re: Any News?

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:19 pm

Matthew Turner wrote:Thanks to John and Neill for their information, but it would be really helpful to have an update from Charles Wood or an ECF official on how things were progressing.
Some sort of comment is needed that is for sure

Charles?
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Re: Any News?

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:08 pm

Has anyone seen any updates available anywhere (that I could quote...) on what seems this now rather secret project :?:
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Re: Any News?

Post by Peter Turner » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:24 am

Carl Hibbard wrote:Has anyone seen any updates available anywhere (that I could quote...) on what seems this now rather secret project :?:
It would be good to know what is happening. As join author, together with GM Matthew Turner, of the Certificate of Excellence which I understand is to be part of a package sent out to schools, I would like someone involved with the 'Chess in Schools Project' to respond to my e-mails.
Peter Turner

PS Currently over 1,000 youngsters a year sit the C of E examination, we have just had our first candidates from Barbados!!

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Re: Any News?

Post by Richard James » Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:39 pm

I too would like to know what's happening.

In early August I was asked to write a book for beginners based on the chessKIDS academy website, to be delivered by early September for distribution as part of the schools package. I was told I would receive a contract shortly.

I have received no contract, not been asked how the book is progressing, and my emails are not being answered.

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Re: Any News?

Post by John Moore » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:21 pm

Maybe Charles is on holiday - used to be on here all the time!

If there is a problem, then it would be nice to know. There have been plenty ready to criticise in the past on this forum - now would be a good time for an update to put minds at rest!

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Re: Any News?

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:46 am

I clicked on the chessforschools.co.uk website today and I noticed that the registration for chess sets has closed, due to oversubscription. That must mean over 25,000 schools have applied for sets - Wow

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Re: Any News?

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:52 am

Matthew Turner wrote:I clicked on the chessforschools.co.uk website today and I noticed that the registration for chess sets has closed, due to oversubscription. That must mean over 25,000 schools have applied for sets - Wow
Has to be the reason does it not :roll:
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Re: Any News?

Post by Neill Cooper » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:46 pm

I hear (from http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/bcf.htm) that the ECF board feels there should be a Director solely responsible for the Chess for Schools project. There is obviously not as yet a candidate for the projected post. The Board would appoint.

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Re: Any News?

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:38 pm

Should I apply for the post? Let me know your views, forum members.

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Re: Any News?

Post by Carl Hibbard » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:45 pm

FM Jack Rudd wrote:Should I apply for the post? Let me know your views, forum members.
I would be very surprised if Charles W. Wood is not up for that job to be honest

No insider knowledge just an assumption :?:
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Re: Any News?

Post by John Upham » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:50 pm

Jack,
I would be very pleased if you applied and were voted in.

As you know, forum views count for diddly squat. Debranding the forum has emphasised that much.

Even if we were all Direct Members (which I'm sure many of us are) our views count for nothing,

What does matter is have you been allocated votes by an organisation that pays game fee?

You do not have to have any kind of membership status to vote and decide on important matters that could determine the direction of the ECF over the next year.

I would attend the AGM if its wasn't for the fact that it is a 4NCL weekend.

Who is able to change Council? Ans. Council!

John

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