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by Tim Spanton
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

This (from BBC News) might make it easier to travel abroad, ie other countries that have restrictions on entry from the UK may lower them: UK's R number estimate drops below 1 The R number - the number of people one infected person will pass coronavirus on to, on average - could now be below 1 in th...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Paul Robert Jackson wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:47 pm
Tim Spanton wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:38 pm
I'll have a look at some other websites that I know.
It's not over.
There is always hope.
True!
Hopefully the "Summer Prague Open 2021" will take place.
I'm tempted to say: "Don't be ridiculous - of course it will be." Tempted, but sadly wiser.
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:38 pm
I'll have a look at some other websites that I know.
It's not over.
There is always hope.
True!
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Looks like Hradec Kralove and Brno have been cancelled: czechtour.net/news/
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Foreign Office update on situation Czechia (CzechTour events from Dec 5 and Dec12 must be is serious doubt): It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and on public and shared private transport, including outdoor transport stops and stations. You should adh...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3939
Views: 430998

Re: Media comments on chess

Ancient Warfare magazine vol XIV issue 2: "Working at a commercial development site at Northgate in [Chester}, archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery: a lozenge-shaped gaming piece. The piece was likely used in the game of Ludus Latrunculorum ... a two-player military strategy game, simila...
by Tim Spanton
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

But things looking better (overall) in Czechia, according to a report today: PRAGUE (Reuters) - The number deaths in the Czech Republic linked to COVID-19 doubled in November and passed the 7,000 mark, health ministry data showed on Saturday. Recorded fatalities reached 7,021 as of Saturday, compare...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:04 pm
I'm not being Sri Lankist. I had some medical issues in India which would probably recur in Sri Lanka. On the plus side, Sri Lankan tea is very good and they probably have the best national anthem in the world.
I find Liechtenstein's anthem is strangely stirring
by Tim Spanton
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:54 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:53 pm
The ones mentioned above would not be on my list of holiday destinations.
Really? I cannot imagine a better holiday destination than Sri Lanka. I have always wanted to go to their annual chess festival.
Sounds interesting
by Tim Spanton
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

CzechTour events looking problematic: PRAGUE, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic on Thursday voted to extend the country's COVID-19 state of emergency until Dec. 12. The government's original proposal aimed to extend the state of emergency -- previous...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There appears to be plenty of OTB tournaments taking place across Europe before Xmas according to the FIDE Calendar. Be careful. It may be the case that a lot of these tournaments have been cancelled, but the cancellations are not reflected on the FIDE website. See my post on Page 32 of this thread...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

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Re Sitges: Spain now requires UK visitors to present evidence of a negative covid test
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If all goes to plan, a lot of the country will go back to tier 1 lite, with some unlucky ones stuck in 3. I'd expect travel to resume normally, with some air corridors. Keyword being "if". Who knows, but there seems to be some suggestion that only Tier 3 really works. The Tier structure may be toug...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:46 pm
Tim Spanton wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:58 pm
Just received this from Sitges:
Looks good, but UK citizens may not be allowed to leave this country.
Yes, I emailed them back to explain the situation. I suspect, however, that the travel ban will be lifted from Dec 3 even if hospitality does not reopen in some areas.
by Tim Spanton
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

In case lockdown does get removed as initially planned (one can hope), is there a list of confirmed events in Europe? Let's say from Dec 12th onwards? I noticed a few events in France, but they are unconfirmed. There is Sitges in Spain. I noticed some cancelled ones in Switzerland. Any good ideas o...