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by Matthew Turner
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:47 am
The bingo club answer is interesting
Agreed, I wondered whether it was insurance considerations that would kill off these sort of events rather than legal considerations per se.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

Nick, I think it is a bit more subtle than that. There is absolutely no reason why you can't have elite chess online and social chess. The problem comes with what you might regard as semi-professional (or semi-serious if you like). Strangely, in the CoVid19 era doesn't every sport have similar probl...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

This would seem to be relevant for the Northumberland Congress

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51176409
(I don't understand the bizarre web address)

Seems the BBC believes there is no (legal) reason for the event not to go ahead
by Matthew Turner
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

David, The important thing is to have appropriate control measures in place. A player should come into contact with 5 players in a a 5 round Swiss and 5 players in a 6 player all-play-all. To pretend that all play alls are somehow safer detracts from the real issues and doesn't help anyone. Um, no....
by Matthew Turner
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

David, There may well be people who are more comfortable playing in an all play alls, but I think these players really have a long hard think about things. What is going to be their reaction when they find out one of their group is having lunch at the pub? If someone thinks a swiss tournament is too...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

David,
The important thing is to have appropriate control measures in place. A player should come into contact with 5 players in a a 5 round Swiss and 5 players in a 6 player all-play-all. To pretend that all play alls are somehow safer detracts from the real issues and doesn't help anyone.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The maths is quite straight forward. In an earlier post Alex McFarlane described how (in his experience) you could tell which round you were in at Hastings according to the amount of coughing he could hear. It is just common sense that by restricting contacts you restrict the spread of a virus. Per...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If I play three games in a day, and don't speak to anyone except my opponents, am I undertaking an activity "with" the other 20 players in my section? If an infectious person plays in a 5 round Swiss he is potentially infecting up to another 31 people but if he plays in an all play all section of 6...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Northumberland are obviously doing their level best to make it work; I just hope that no-one contracts Covid-19 at a chess event, as we could do without the adverse publicity Are people turning against charities, football or working men's clubs? https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-more-than-60-c...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yes, 3.19 of the government guidelines is the essential bit. You could organise a chess tournament with Covid precautions based on APA sections of 6 but (e.g.) ordinary Swiss pairings would result in mingling between groups of 6 and would therefore be illegal. This simply isn't true though is it. I...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Well, Northumberland Chess Congress must have submitted their procedures to the local authority in order to rent their venue. Obviously they took notice because the event has been allowed to proceed.
by Matthew Turner
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44883

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Don't shoot the messenger. As far as I know Northumberland, Fareham and Harrogate are all still going ahead as planned. They are still accepting entries. The government have just shot the messenger. According to the new legislation it is now illegal to organise or participate in a chess congress, c...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Naylor 1972-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 3924

Re: John Naylor 1972-2020

An absolutely amazing event and not really what you would expect, which is, in its own way, fitting.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12727

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

John, I was going to make a similar point myself. If you had wanted a FIDE Official then Short could have easily stood in for Dvorkovich. However, I have a lot of faith in Dvorkovich and I just wonder how bad a result this was for FIDE/Chess. This has been a very successful event, but would it have ...
by Matthew Turner
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen Problem
Replies: 40
Views: 1843

Re: Carlsen Problem

Chris,
The point here was that I can give the opponent the move and it is still mate in 5. I know it is dodgy but I am scraping the bottom of the barrel for another solution.