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by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2161

Re: Ian Thackray

I have been asked to add the sad news that Ian Thackray's father did not long survive the death of his son and a joint funeral was held on 10th December.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael Grattage
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Re: Michael Grattage

I'm sorry to hear this news. I played Michael Grattage at the Harrogate 4NCL a few years ago and he seemed a very pleasant man.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9621

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix and Young players

I need your advice... I'd like to recommend Queen's Gambit to my junior students most of whom are of primary school age. Are there are moments that parents should be aware of whilst their children are watching? As you can guess, I've struggled to find the time to watch it but hope to do so. :D To e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3870

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

I finished watching the series last night. The show has consistently ranked in the Netflix top ten since it started streaming and it's irritating that something that might generate real interest in chess has happened when most chess clubs are closed. The best thing about the series was the authentic...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2161

Re: Ian Thackray

I don't want to detract from reflecting on Ian's passing which has left Yorkshire Chess in shock. However regarding the question of `Mums and Sons` there are examples of chess playing families where both parents play or women masters with chess playing sons. However grassroots examples of a parent/ ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2161

Re: Ian Thackray

In his notice on the YCA site Steve Mann makes the important note that Ian's late mother, Patricia Thackray, was active as a chess players in the 1990s making a rare mother/ son combination.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2161

Re: Ian Thackray

Very sorry to hear this news. I didn't know Ian well but I corresponded with him when he sent in the results for his club and we played once at York. My thoughts are with his family.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1999

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

"I have noticed that talented juniors can scythe through U100 adults quite quickly but above that much greater tenacity is needed, particularly in endgames, and the junior often hits a wall at that point" Also true - I have encountered juniors (actually adults as well) who only want to play if they...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1999

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Juniors in England drop chess after secondary school due to competing interests: I am sure this this is the same in all countries. And many persevered in the 80's, so what changed? There is no money in chess: I'd argue there never was, so doesn't explain the decline, nor why other countries have a ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 5277

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

People are willing to pay more for other hobbies, yes. Let's take ice skating, one is willing to pay a fair bit more than chess because ice rinks require a lot of people and expensive equipment to maintain. The idea that chess is on par with other regular sports is romantic, but not particularly gr...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 5277

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Are the current office staff non players? The name of the best known office member is taken twice in the database and the most likely candidate has a respectable enough grade of 163. That person is a namesake of the ECF employee. The latter doesn't play chess. The other current employee has a grade...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 5277

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Picking up on some of the points raised, it's ludicrous to suggest that the ECF doesn't organise chess. They organise the British and County championships which are two of the flagship events in the calendar and other events ultimately flow into the whole. They also organise a lot of prestige junior...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 96
Views: 8630

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I was opposed to the members representatives proposal on the grounds that it was too restrictive. Generally bronze, silver and gold relate to a certain `type` of player but some members do have to move to a higher category (I'm a case in point here as playing in the rated sections of the British is ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3445

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

The starter for this particular exchange was Paul quoting a sentence from one of my posts out of context with a cryptic three word comment that I have interpreted as a swipe at my intelligence. If I'm wrong about that then I agree there is no merit in my subsequent posts. However if Paul is referrin...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3445

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

So, to summarise, we have established that Andrew wants to be clear he lacks the relevant competence to comment, but objects strongly to me implying he lacks the competence to comment. Before this escalates further, I made a throwaway comment about Zoom meetings as - having never needed to use Zoom...