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by Tim Spanton
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No Birthdays Today
Replies: 4
Views: 190

No Birthdays Today

I see from the bottom of the board index that none of the 1,457 forum members has a birthday today.
Can someone of a mathematical bent, who knows how birthdays are normally distributed for a mainly English population, work out the odds of that happening?
by Tim Spanton
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3737
Views: 409086

Re: Media comments on chess

Wikipedia's "Did you know ..." page today (my bolding): ... that early vocational-education advocate Mary Schenck Woolman (pictured) obtained her first teaching position as a result of her "harsh" review of a sewing manual? ... that the seeds of Guilandina bonduc, commonly known as nickernuts, are b...
by Tim Spanton
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

No mention here of new facemask requirements or of further limiting participants What would you expect, Roman Prymula's a chess player! https://ratings.fide.com/profile/301574 Good spot! Looking at his activity, he played as recently as January - at least his rating changed in February - and he pla...
by Tim Spanton
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

No mention here of new facemask requirements or of further limiting participants What would you expect, Roman Prymula's a chess player! https://ratings.fide.com/profile/301574 Good spot! Looking at his activity, he played as recently as January - at least his rating changed in February - and he pla...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

New restrictions not so tough: A limit of 50 people has been placed on outdoor events with no seating room, new Czech Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced at a press conference this afternoon. Prymula also confirmed two earlier-reported restrictions during the conference, a limit of 2,000 spe...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

This is Reuters' take on the to-be-announced restrictions: Health Minister Roman Prymula, in a televised interview, said closing hours for bars would be moved up to 10 p.m. from midnight as of Thursday, when stricter limits on the number of participants at sporting events will also kick in. He said ...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The newly appointed Czech health minister is announcing restrictions later this week to limit indoor events to 50 people, so there might be potential for impact on the chess event. There was a similar issue back in March during the Seniors team event. The initial response was separate rooms and a b...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

This would seem to make chess congresses even less likely, but three-board club matches still possible, probably Six player at a time internal competitions perhaps 10pm curfew as well, Edward Heath only had a 10.30p.m one. Curfew would only apply for hospitality venues, altho I accept that covers a...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

From the BBC account of the PM's speech today: The PM then announces there will be new places where face coverings will be required. Staff in the hospitality and retail sectors will now need to wear them, as well as passengers travelling in taxis. The exemptions to the “rule of six” will be cut down...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129117

Re: Cheating in chess

Conditions for 6 months and indoor sports with no more than 6 people. I don’t think chess is on the cards till Easter, unless it’s just small club chess activity. The restrictions certainly seem tighter than they were re indoor activities, but three-board matches still possible, probably Whoops - t...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129117

Re: Cheating in chess

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:48 pm
Conditions for 6 months and indoor sports with no more than 6 people. I don’t think chess is on the cards till Easter, unless it’s just small club chess activity.
The restrictions certainly seem tighter than they were re indoor activities, but three-board matches still possible, probably
by Tim Spanton
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Best of luck to Tim and Nick at Pardubice. We will all be cheering you both on. If you both can keep us regularly informed on the forum as to how the tournament is going. Thanks Simon, but actually I won't be blogging the tournament in any form (at least while it is going on). I have had such a bad...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There seems to be an OTB event going ahead tomorrow in London, unless I am reading something incorrectly:

http://muswellhillchess.blogspot.com/
by Tim Spanton
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The scientific press conference today was quite sobering. The doubling of infection rates each week heading in the direction of 50,000 cases a day by mid-October if unchecked. For chess I’d think over the board chess will remain quite limited until people receive a vaccine, and feel confident it’s ...
by Tim Spanton
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 970
Views: 45787

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

That would correlate with the Sport England definition, which regards rambling as a sport and eligible for funding despite the lack of competition. I believe ramblers have found an elegant work around. Take a group of 36, divide them into 6 groups of 5, each with a leader. Keep each group a little ...