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by Mick Norris
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1346

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Would be interesting to hear what other US players like Shankland & Xiong think

Good luck to Lev though, he's been through so much
by Mick Norris
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1831

Re: Fat Fritz 2

Pete Doggers
The development teams behind the two most successful and influential open-source chess programs, Stockfish and Leela Chess Zero, have issued statements denouncing the commercial program Fat Fritz 2 and the company Chessbase that is selling the program for 99.90 euros
by Mick Norris
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Lancashire Chess Association
Replies: 19
Views: 1957

Re: Lancashire Chess Association

Dave's among the many excellent people involved in Lancashire chess Dave is a great guy. He was part of the Lancashire Junior team visit to Leningrad back in 1990 with myself, Ben Hague and Paul Heaton. I'm guessing that the latter isn't the singer from The Beautiful South? The Housemartins are fro...
by Mick Norris
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1713
Views: 98228

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Clubs will depend on venues; leagues probably the Autumn, although some Summer leagues may give it a go?
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

4NCL is normally early November, then early January & February; it could be an idea to go October, November, then March, April, May, although Easter being a moveable feast is a difficulty I'd agree to some extent with Martin about summer chess, although in actually think in the 4NCL case, the proble...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

It also seems inevitable that the planned league restructuring to 12 teams in Division One in 2021-22, 12 teams in Division Two in 2022-3 and Division Three being split into Midland, North & South regional leagues will need to be put back by at least one season. If Nick Burrows prediction of decima...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1713
Views: 98228

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Israel is a number of weeks ahead of us in vaccinations. It was announced that they are lifting a number of restrictions. Not sure if that applies to International air travel yet but we might see some OTB tournaments being announced over there in the not to distant future. 40th Israel Championships...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Agreed, difficult decisions ahead for those in the 4NCL. The last correspondence to captains presented two options; a 2020-21 season as normal or completing 2019-20 in March-May 2021. As neither of these will now happen we shall have to wait and see if they try to complete 2019-20 over the summer o...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

From a selfish perspective yes but also to complete the final five rounds of the season and to avoid an off the board decision of who if anyone gets promoted & relegated, nominated for European places and wins the respective divisions. I'd imagine that will be down to what the participating teams w...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Is the 4NCL plan On-Line Season ends at Season 4? And otb starts in Autumn 2021? I would hope that the priority is still to complete 2019-20 over the board as and when it is possible to host such events. Over the board restarting may not mean the end of the online version. Agree with the second bit...
by Mick Norris
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship February 19-21, 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: The FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship February 19-21, 2021

Pete Doggers
Grenke Bank won the inaugural FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship on Sunday. The German team, led by GM Georg Meier, defeated top seed SBER (with GM Ian Nepomniachtchi on top board) in the final's second match
by Mick Norris
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1831

Re: Fat Fritz 2

I don't think anyone is alleging that chessbase have done anything that is against the law. But I can empathise with the people who have put huge effort into Leela and Stockfish and are annoyed that their work is being exploited for commercial purposes. Probably also a moment to reflect that anyone...
by Mick Norris
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE General Assembly 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: FIDE General Assembly 2020

Paul, I see what you mean. The Iran Judo Federation has been banned by its global sporting body, for similar offences, and CAS heard their appeal a couple of months ago - no result so far. Iran would presumably not have been involved in judo competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, had they been hel...
by Mick Norris
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Maurice Bell died February 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 676

Maurice Bell died February 2021

Durham website including picture of Korchnoi simul from 1972