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by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 31, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Lack of chess sets is not the problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19569

Re: Lack of chess sets is not the problem

Well They are the winners/champions of their respective age/gender groups. You could argue the terafinal is easier to win than some of the older gigafinal sections, but this is the format. If a girl is the best for getting 1 points, shes still the best girl of her age and therefore is the champion....
by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 31, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

I dont think the midlands is the best place to attract people, I mean the 4ncl is there and thats great, its sort of 2-3 days of it is fine, 2 weeks nah If you're going to play chess, it would be good because it's in the middle of the UK, rather than a corner. If you're going for a holiday, then th...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 31, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Lack of chess sets is not the problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19569

Re: Lack of chess sets is not the problem

I don't like how girls and boys are split up. For instance, one girl entered as an U18, and qualified from school with 0/7, qualified from the Megafinal with 1.5/6 (but 0 would have done), qualified from the Gigafinal with 0.5/6 (a bye), and finished last in the Terafinal. Yet she won £130, essent...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 31, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Common , seriously , at least Swansea has the best student union and is by the beach , we cant seriously consider aston university because: a) as most people know the two weeks holiday means most parents have to make it there holiday in summers. b) The older group of players that go in the Morning ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun May 31, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

We require about 1000 sq metres playing area, it can be divided in two. Canterbury we are using a sports hall for all the games. We also need a lecture room for 100 people, evening events room and for post mortems. 3 offices. As far as I know there are two rooms that are usually subdivided into 3 o...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Lack of chess sets is not the problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19569

Re: Lack of chess sets is not the problem

Alex. You have my respect and congratulations for all the work you have done to promote chess in the West Midlands area. Ah, thanks very much. :D I'm sorry to hear about the decline of Birmingham Checkmate but Mike Fox was a one off and was always going to be impossible to replace. Yeah, it's such ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

They have been emailed. It'll be interesting to see if anything comes of it. I pointed out the advantages of holding it in Birmingham. Hopefully it'll be looked favourably upon.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

The issue is with finding a suitable venue: one available at no cost to the federation, available during the relevant two weeks of July/August, and with enough space to host the event. If you can find any such venues in the Midlands, the ECF would be very happy to hear from you. Hmm. Well, I go to ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

The issue is with finding a suitable venue: one available at no cost to the federation, available during the relevant two weeks of July/August, and with enough space to host the event. If you can find any such venues in the Midlands, the ECF would be very happy to hear from you. Hmm. Well, I go to ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Wasted talent?
Replies: 32
Views: 7585

Re: Wasted talent?

I agree with the academic point. Ammet Ghasi was often an opponent for my school's board 1 (losing on every occasion). He went to King Edward's School in Birmingham, so he must have been very intelligent. I suppose he had the choice between concentrating on academic work to get a good job, or trying...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Lack of chess sets is not the problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19569

Re: Lack of chess sets is not the problem

I've just left my school, and I frequently faced several problems. My old school has the tradition of letting the "captain" run everything, the member of staff simply pays for equipment, transport etc. I was the captain for three years, so I had to run school events, pick the teams for inter-school ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat May 30, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 17966

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

The biggest problem with the British Championship is the duration. Not only is it something approaching £50 to enter some of the events, but you have to then add in transport and accommodation. I would love to have a go at the Major Open and the graded sections, but I probably wouldn't score very m...