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by Paul McKeown
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1555

Re: Announcing mate

Tim Spanton wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:35 pm
I don't think so - seem to remember it was upstairs in a pub in central London
Drunken Knights? Or Albany?
by Paul McKeown
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1555

Re: Announcing mate

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:07 pm
As already mentioned by John Swain upthread.

Minor plagiarism is currently being discussed in another thread. Perhaps we should also consider inadvertent cases.
Ah, oops. Also missed the thread on plagiarism. Has the Penguin been to his tricks again?
by Paul McKeown
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1555

Re: Announcing mate

Edward Winter has the following: Announced Mates
by Paul McKeown
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1555

Re: Announcing mate

I have been looking through the collection of historical laws at the CAA website, without much luck at finding a regulation for the declaration of mate. I was amused by the following passage from George Walker's The Chess Player : LAW VIII. So long as you retain your hold of a piece, you may move it...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1555

Re: Announcing mate

Tim Spanton wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:14 pm
I did once announce mate - it may have been in eight moves (I cannot recall) - but only because my opponent, in a league match, insisted on talking to me, making jokey comments and such like, throughout the game despite my asking him to stop
Was that at Staines?
by Paul McKeown
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

It's amazing, isn't it. No matter how one might wish for a positive thread in which all are wished well, some unfailingly plumb the abject depths.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

Just to note that because events are moving so fast, not everything that is being produced by the scientific community is actually undergoing peer review. The Oxford study certainly wasn't peer-reviewed for instance (not sure, off the top of my head, about the Imperial paper). Everybody involved is...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

Thanks, Tim. That's a better post than many here. Of course, the economic effects will kill many. It would be interesting to see analysis of this effect.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

And I would plead with those who want to argue about the disease, to give reference to the science, rather than just stuff thrown up by journalists or politicians or some talking head, or worse still their personal wisdom. Even if it isn't a reference to a peer reviewed paper or a letter to an acade...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

I was dragged off into politics because I wanted to express the importance which I attach to people being able to continue to speak their minds. Thank you for doing so. Lots of people are now struggling to continue to do their jobs even as they themselves become sick and I have great admiration for...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

But we have had the benefit of a Michael Gove tribute act leading to a defiant statement that the death rate will be less than 0.1% of the infected I've made a note to return to this when it's over. If there are more than 50,000 excess deaths, you win. Errr. There is an enormous assumption in your ...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

Oh, and let's give a nod to the good work of some from within the chess community. Dr. Neill Cooper has started a fascinating Youtube channel, in which he attempts to teach remotely the differential and integral calculus of the A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics syllabuses. There is one asi...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

For those interested in actual expert prediction, Imperial College, in collaboration with the WHO, released a very readable paper with estimates for final death tolls, based on various suppression strategies. The paper is The Global Impact of COVID-19and Strategies for Mitigation and Suppression . I...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

(I will permit myself, just this comment, but I think your "side" could do a lot better, and is doing poorly for reasons of reflexive bias that Jonathan Rogers has pointed out, and from decades of running down essential services, including what was the once immense logistic capability of the army, w...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15831

Re: Worrying times

It's alright, David. I saw your attempts earlier to give hope for a future for the chess community, before being dragged off into politics.