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by David Williams
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 103
Views: 7264

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Something over one million people worldwide have died of Covid-19. It is estimated up to 50 million died of 'Spanish' flu. There are more than four times as many people on the planet as there were 100 years ago.
by David Williams
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1711

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

If I'm expected to wear a mask, I'm not playing chess. There will also be those who say "If my opponent is not wearing a face-covering, I'm not playing chess". There are those who say both of those things, which is a perfectly reasonable position to take. Of course, and any club, league or tourname...
by David Williams
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1711

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

Nick Ivell wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:06 pm
If I'm expected to wear a mask, I'm not playing chess.
There will also be those who say "If my opponent is not wearing a face-covering, I'm not playing chess". And they may well also say "It makes no difference if he has a medical exemption. That doesn't make him any less infectious".
by David Williams
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1185
Views: 59422

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A sudden, unexpected cluster of cases is really common. For example, just yesterday, a hospital in our area which had no Covid cases at all, reported that 15 in-patients for other conditions had tested Covid positive. Probably infected by visitors to the hospital. Presumably in an environment that ...
by David Williams
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6667

Re: Pedants United

I'm not sure it's pedantry to be irritated by new expressions. The ones that get me are where people use words that actually mean something else. If I hear that someone has refuted an allegation I expect to hear that he has disproved it, not that he simply denies it. If an arbiter appears disinteres...
by David Williams
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6667

Re: Pedants United

Alistair Campbell wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 pm
a recent phenomena
?!
by David Williams
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Forms of communication?
Replies: 22
Views: 1484

Re: Forms of communication?

I certainly never sent the same envelope back and forth. Send your most decrepit envelopes to the opponent who always returns a new one. Seemed eminently sensible at the time.
by David Williams
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Eight pawns against none
Replies: 17
Views: 1403

Re: Eight pawns against none

I once drew a (reasonably sensible) game in which I had a bishop for seven pawns. Opponent sacrificed a bishop for two pawns, won another two, then went pawn-grabbing instead of developing, enabling me to exchange material till I had two rooks and a bishop and the run of the board, with his two rook...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 12098

Re: Hope for our society!

I once heard a Bulgarian friend telling someone that her surname was "NikolOVa". She admitted to me that it is actually NikOLLova, but she had got so used to British people getting it wrong that she gave in and pronounced it wrong herself. I found this rather embarrassing. I once had a Scottish fri...
by David Williams
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 18142

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

i'm speaking to an increasing number of friends who claim to have had the virus, or believe they have had the symptoms. so i guess those people might feel they have some immunity so won't be concerned about any risks that are involved. The likelihood that such people may exist will keep me indoors ...
by David Williams
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 3039

Announcing mate

There's another thread with a game from 1922, where white announced mate in six, and giving the line. Does this ever happen nowadays? Is it even permitted? If not, what would be the penalty? And, if someone does announce a mate in six, can he be forced to play that line? Suppose your opponent does t...
by David Williams
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 19187

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

The difference in 'herd immunity' % lies in the differences in rate (R) of transmission of infection. Where R = 0, there is no transmission; where R = 0.99999, the infection will swiftly die out. But where R = 1.00001, the infection will expand exponentially in due course. So R = 1 is the baseline ...
by David Williams
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 19187

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

The problem with a vaccine isn't so much going to be producing candidates. You're going to be giving the thing to hundreds of millions of people. So you have to test it, and that means really testing it, or you could easily enough end up doing more harm than good. And it's hard enough to get people...
by David Williams
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 19187

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

The thing I find hard to visualise here is the end game. Under what circumstances do things start up again? The virus is surely never going to disappear completely. If you've never had it you're always going to be vulnerable to it, and there will always be people out there you can catch it off. Ther...