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by Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I believe North Shields Council are keeping an open mind, while the landscape constantly changes around them. And Northumberland Police wouldn’t sign off on the event, and will investigate complaints if they arise on the weekend. "Wouldn't sign off on the event" suggests they were unhappy with the ...
by Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

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 ... If 3.19 is the law, which I doubt, due to the various exemptions, you'd need a different arbiter for each APA section, meaning a maximum of 5 play...
by Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

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 Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There is of course another possibility for OTB chess which has a precedent in the Old British championship qualifying competitions. Playing in each other’s houses...
by Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"For our purposes the crucial point seems to be that the 6-person maximum does not apply to gatherings in premises (other than private dwellings) which are operated by -- a) a business, b) a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution, or c) a public body. That would seem to cover most of t...
by Richard Bates
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 839
Views: 39626

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Think it’s fine to run a Congress with unlimited players as long as you 1) Badge it as a protest (against COVID restrictions maybe?) 2) put in place social distancing measures and carry out risk assessments 3) Make sure that players don’t “mingle” The slightly more far fetched alternative is to clai...
by Richard Bates
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 32
Views: 1362

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

My new ECF rating is 1998. My Fide rating is 1813. I suspect a difference of 185 points is high for someone who plays a lot. Well this is the problem with using 4 digit ratings. People expect them to give the same outcomes but there is no reason why they should. I have always been somewhat mystifie...
by Richard Bates
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rik Thomas
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: Rik Thomas

More sad news is a sh*tty year that’s not getting any better. In my experience just a lovely guy who clearly put a huge amount of work into chess, for club and juniors alike.

Condolences Paul.

RIP
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I’m just amused by the idea of an appeals panel being reduced from 3 to 2 as a result of one member having to recuse themselves for potential perception of bias - only for the resulting “panel” to be deadlocked with the only way of resolution being... to refer to the previously recused member! (who ...
by Richard Bates
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Withdrawing in protest from a knockout is not particularly problematic as these things go; the only participant it harms is you yourself. It's different doing it in an all-play-all or a Swiss, where your action can have knock-on disruptive effects. That’s a fair point. Although i think in most spor...
by Richard Bates
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Whatever the merits of the protest, that's a pity They would have to be some pretty strong merits, probably expanding beyond the specifics of the incident (bias in the appeals panel or something). You can’t have teams just withdrawing from events of this type whenever they feel hard done by. What’s...
by Richard Bates
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I advise careful study of the final two moves of both armageddon games. White's 38th in the Germany v Hungary game, if Chessbomb has it right, is especially notable. I recall years ago, around the time of the Intel rapid/blitz events I think, Chess magazine doing a whole article on short moves/long...
by Richard Bates
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen Problem
Replies: 40
Views: 1769

Re: Carlsen Problem

So basically Magnus is a bit rubbish then?
by Richard Bates
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)

Chess for tigers rabbit basher.
by Richard Bates
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44247

Re: 4NCL Online

Pairings for Season 2 are now available here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/4ncl_online_results_2.htm Can you explain why some round 1 pairings seem to involve teams not in the same division? Or am i missing something obvious? There are some errors in the tables that need correcting. White Rose 1 & 2 ...