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by raycollett
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Japan Today also reports 16-3-20
TOKYO The Japanese government is considering postponing Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako's planned state visit to Britain this spring due to the spread of the new coronavirus, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.
by raycollett
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Disease experts are calling for tougher measures in the US
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03 ... iness-slow
by raycollett
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Japan is also not doing a lot of "testing, testing, testing". The article referred to makes no mention of protocols for testing in Japan. The WHO dashboard lists only 814 cases in Japan compared with 1543 cases in the UK (as of 16-3-20). The total in the article includes 712 cases on a cruise ship. ...
by raycollett
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

"We should act more swiftly given our circumstances"
I fully agree. To continue OTB chess at present is reckless.
by raycollett
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Many MCCU area leagues have stopped over-the-board play: Birmingham & Dist, Cannock & Dist, Dudley & Dist, Leamington & Dist, Leicestershire & Rutland, Manchester, North Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stockport, Wolverhampton & Dist, Worcester & Dist, and Worcestershire, because of the Coronavirus epide...
by raycollett
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

<quote>I’ve seen doubt expressed about whether ‘herd immunity’ would work as a strategy against Covid-19.</quote> Typically, known Coronaviruses produce mutant strains every 2 weeks if they circulate in a population because they use RNA which is a less stable molecule than DNA for their coding. That...
by raycollett
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I have now heard on good authority two other West Midlands Leagues are suspended: Birmingham&DCL, Dudley &DCL and Wolverhampton&DCL are considering the matter.
by raycollett
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17788

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Worcestershire Chess Association and Worcester & District Chess League have suspended OTB chess activities. See statement on their website: http://www.worcestershirechess.org.uk/
by raycollett
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Pakenham (Warley & Quinborne CC, Warks CA, MCCU)
Replies: 1
Views: 1251

Re: John Pakenham (Warley & Quinborne CC, Warks CA, MCCU)

I've heard from the secretary of John's club that the Funeral service will take place at Sandwell Valley Crematorium on Friday 13th March 2020 at 1.45pm. Sandwell Valley Crematorium Newton Road, West Bromwich B71 3SX. Donations please to St Mary's Hospice - Selly Park <https://www.birminghamhospice....
by raycollett
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess

In the MCCU county match on 15 Feb 2020, Katarzyna played board 1 for Worcestershire. This is I believe the first union or E/BCF county first team match where board 1 was a female player. The other news is that Katarzyna won her game and helped Worcestershire to a 10-6 victory. I have heard from Sus...
by raycollett
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Pakenham (Warley & Quinborne CC, Warks CA, MCCU)
Replies: 1
Views: 1251

John Pakenham (Warley & Quinborne CC, Warks CA, MCCU)

I have been informed that John Pakenham passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 9 February. He was taken ill and went to hospital shortly after Christmas/New Year. He will be missed by Warley & Quinborne and the wider chess community. He was current President of the MCCU. I met him several tim...
by raycollett
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 3083

Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Michael Flatt (SCCU webmaster) recently alerted me to a revised FIDE rule which SCCU has published on their website (1): "The new FIDE Laws come into force today [1 Jan 2018]. The regulation on illegal moves is made common across standard, rapid and blitz games. "7.5.5 After the action taken under A...
by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 10467

Re: League Champions!

Can any club beat Halesowen's 2016-7 season triumphs: League champions: Birmingham DCL, Worcestershire CL; and Wolverhampton & DCL. Also other teams were division champions: Dudley & Dist Div 2; Worcestershire CL Div 2 (their other team in this division were runners-up); Birmingham &DCL Div 5.
by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 10467

Re: League Champions!

I have published records for Worcestershire Chess League, Worcester & District Chess League and Dudley & District Chess League since 2000. See links from: http://www.raycollett.net/ Although I have access to older records and plan to post them to the web in the future I have not yet found time to do...
by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge
Replies: 2
Views: 1532

Re: Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge

The Stourbridge News has published a death notice on-line at:
http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/announ ... rge_DUDLEY