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by David Robertson
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: WIM Arianne Caoili
Replies: 6
Views: 593

WIM Arianne Caoili

RIP. Announced just now. Mrs Aronian. Car crash recently. Presumed non-critical. I have nothing more to hand. Shock I have no words to express the grievance over my wife Arianne's death. She was intelligent , hard working and joyous person that lived a beautiful life... I love you honeybun, sleep ti...
by David Robertson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11803

Re: Worrying times

There was only ever talk of "herd immunity" in the UK. Sweden are persevering with it, and they're The Guardian's favourite country I stand corrected on THAT then No need. Usual bo**ocks; usual source. Didn't take too much checking Swedish authorities have said they are not explicitly pursuing a st...
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11803

Re: Worrying times

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2020/03/25/Coronavirus-Iceland-s-mass-testing-finds-half-of-carriers-show-no-symptoms This is complete and utter bo**ocks. This is what the Government of Iceland says A website of no known (and doubtful?) provenance nevertheless adds this: Not all the resul...
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 333
Views: 17256

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Mike Gunn wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:52 pm
Danny G's solution is obviously the way to go
Not so obvious to everyone
Magnus Carlsen wrote:I think giving Radjabov the wild card for 2022, that I find would be ridiculous. You could make the case that he should play in this one... it doesn't feel justified, but I would understand it, but in 2022 - no
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11803

Re: Worrying times

David Robertson wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:20 pm
Covid-19 is SARS. Precisely, it's SARS-2, and killing at close to the same rate
Not sure why I waste my time in here. I spend effort getting things right, only to be told I haven't. Who to believe though? Try here
The Lancet
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11803

Re: Worrying times

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:13 pm
It is actually relatively mild compared to (for instance) SARS or Ebola
FFS.

Covid-19 is SARS. Precisely, it's SARS-2, and killing at close to the same rate. It isn't MERS (a serious killer). And it isn't Ebola (pre-vaccine, lethal)
by David Robertson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11803

Re: Worrying times

Gordon Cadden wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Believe that we are already under Martial Law
No, we are not. Not even nearly. I've been the first in the queue to call out the shambles of Government policy on this matter. But even I find considerable consolation in the Govt's & the PM's hesitation before curbing our liberties
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 333
Views: 17256

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

After going +3...
Nepo wrote:I'm definitely feeling not OK and actually I wanted to make like some kind of a quick draw today. (...) I got a couple of these tests and both [were] negative. But again, you know, the whole atmosphere, it doesn't help you to feel healthy.
by David Robertson
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 333
Views: 17256

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Grishuk in the post match saying "I don't want to play or be here" but he's doing ok regardless. Fuller statement: I don't want to play at all with this situation. At the beginning I didn't have a clear opinion, but now, after several days, I have a very clear opinion that this tournament should be...
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13784

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I don't know if I am alone in wishing you might just shut up for a bit LOL, I'm absolutely sure you are not alone, given the spit that comes my way. But then, I post to move stuff forward in a sensible way, this time during a crisis, not to build a fan club. Your substantive point is correct though...
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13784

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

ooks like Boris has finally pressed the red button It's impossble to overstate how utterly shambolic has been the Government's performance here. Prof Chris Whiity, in whom hitherto I would have had the highest imaginable confidence, has gone from telling us (Thursday) that the single focus of polic...
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 16231

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Round my way, the Chester & North Wales league has been suspended sine die . The Wirral league decides some time today, but my current club, Chester CC, has withdrawn all teams. Hard to see the league carrying on in those circumstances, though at least one officer wishes to. In Liverpool and thereab...
by David Robertson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13784

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I think a `keep calm and carry on` approach was ultimately necessary and very much the lesser of two evils, particularly in light of the panic buying and hysteria we're seeing. This next bit is controversial but I am going to jump in with both feet and say it. Most people are not going to die of co...
by David Robertson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3367
Views: 363926

Re: Media comments on chess

Until two months ago the word “coronavirus” had appeared in the Guardian just 22 times in 20 years, almost exclusively in stories by those covering health and science in the context of Sars or similar contagions. Last Friday alone, my quick review of reporting across web and print found that more t...
by David Robertson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13784

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

But the Government's official estimate is that between 5,000 and 10,000 people are currently infected. Let's assume that's a gross under-estimate and the actual figure is 60,000. For a population of close to 70 million, that would imply just one person in a thousand has the virus, in which case you...