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by J T Melsom
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Panaglos being panglossian?
by J T Melsom
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yes, I was aware of it at time, 2010 seems a long time ago. My comment was not intended to be taken too seriously. Public health decisions cannot be black and white, because the decisions impact on quality of life stuff, but I think it is the sense of arbitrariness that is most difficult to handle.
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I suppose we could invite Steve Baker to join his local chess club :)
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

What are you quoting from in your post? Chess isn't classed as a sporting event. I would have thought the indoor event reference is to indoor sporting events following on from the sentence about outdoor events. As I understand it we are still effectively treated the same way as choirs and amateur dr...
by J T Melsom
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Arkell's Endings
Replies: 36
Views: 3330

Re: Arkell's Endings

I suspect the reason may be more to do with the references to non Amazon owned or affiliated sales platforms.
by J T Melsom
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020

Richard Your first paragraph is one of the most delicately phrased descriptions of eccentrics I've ever seen. Thank you. I didn't know John but he did play against Wycombe whilst representing Uxbridge. Having read several accounts here I am starting to understand why there was a dramatic sudden and ...
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There might be an alien invasion of Bourne End [ It might have already happened :)] - I think posters were trying to reflect a degree of cautious optimism. We might want to consider friendlies to honour those we have lost. I'm sure a friendly match to commemorate Kevin Hawkins might be fun - possibl...
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I doubt I could field a side in summer 2021 that looks remotely similar to that which was playing in March 2020. I suspect some clubs won't have the player numbers or team captains. Its very much a case of deciding what is best locally and probably being a bit more flexible about the rules. But tryi...
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

That is fair enough but in addition to new players for whom special rules may need to be written, there will be players with little team chess where league divisions are practically finished or the remaining fixtures are away from home. I think when we resume we will want to offer something for ever...
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68862

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I share Martin Carpenter's view about distortion. Its not just deaths that will distort playing squads, exams, moving away to university, summer sports are a few others. And then some leagues will need adapted eligibility rules so that any new members are able to play. Much better to canvas support ...
by J T Melsom
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

John I've sent you a private message. For the avoidance of doubt I've never criticised the intrinsic merit of the initiative being undertaken. I am too well aware from first hand experience and observation that there are those in the chess community who are overly critical and unpleasant. That was n...
by J T Melsom
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 66
Views: 2655

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

The Queens Gambit has a 15 certificate. You may find the parental guide from IMDb useful. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/p ... tt_stry_pg
by J T Melsom
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

I think this is the first time I've not used private message for this purpose. So yes happy to oblige in future. I find it odd that somebody who has in the past routinely flagged up broken links and similar in forum posts rather than private message should be quite so sensitive about this. Its to yo...
by J T Melsom
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

There is no pm - suggested changes are in my substantive post.
by J T Melsom
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

I don't routinely read the posts but have only recently corrected another British Chess News post by private message, so these slips may not be occasional as you suggest. I have in the past suggested corrections to blog posts by Jon Bryant so BCN is not being singled out. I don't think its unfair to...