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by Richard Bates
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online
Replies: 39
Views: 1815

Re: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online

I wonder if it might be possible to develop a platform to host online simultaneous displays? This would have the added advantage of being a pretty cheap way to support chess professionals.
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online
Replies: 39
Views: 1815

Re: Continuing Leagues & Established Events Online

Whilst I understand the potential for the ECF to facilitate chess activities on a social level, I really don't see how you could try to replicate existing over-the-board events, simply on the back of taking "anti-cheating" measures. And I would think certainly not anything involving money. Maybe onl...
by Richard Bates
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13525

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:49 pm
Jersey gone. Even if we don't die of coronavirus, I predict that most professional chess players will die of boredom at a lack of things to do, at this rate.
Candidates will be performing a public service in their isolation. Maybe they’ll be able to carry on for months.
by Richard Bates
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13525

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

There are armchair experts all over social media declaring that we must act yesterday to take various measures to prevent the spread of the virus. But the point about the more extreme measures is that they all come with their own negative consequences for people’s lives and livelihoods, and as such ...
by Richard Bates
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13525

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Is the “3-7 hours” angle actually that relevant? If one person is infected and the other isn’t then it appears that it takes very little contact for one to infect the other. Is spending 3-7 hours opposite them actually any more significantly risky than spending 10 minutes with someone? Genuine quest...
by Richard Bates
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3509

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

100 people is an incredibly low threshold. In general you'd get worse potential exposure just going to the supermarket. You might, but if people can't shop they are not going to be able to eat. Indeed, but my point is that by setting such a low bar for certain types of “gatherings” whilst effective...
by Richard Bates
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3509

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

100 people is an incredibly low threshold. In general you'd get worse potential exposure just going to the supermarket. Events with greater than x people does not mean x people making x contacts. Going to the cinema is basically just like going to any small scale social event. They might as well jus...
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15701

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

144 deaths in italy in the last 24 hours. surely the next 4ncl and other tournaments with a large collection of people have to be cancelled? Relatively, speaking, these aren't "large" gatherings though. There is possibly a greater risk just travelling on the bus, certainly 'crowded' public transpor...
by Richard Bates
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15701

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

The MCF has been discussing this, and a player who is also a medical doctor has added notes in red in the attached document, with his main point being Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: this is likely to of greatest concern during chess matches as any glance at photos of chess players or when obs...
by Richard Bates
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 16129

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

John McKenna wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Anyone think Radjabov's statement the least bit racist?
It’s certainly unfortunately phrased where the Chinese players are concerned. Quite why the Chinese players should be subject to pre tournament quarantine but other players shouldn’t is nonsensical.
by Richard Bates
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3363
Views: 363319

Re: Media comments on chess

. But even if Korchnoi produced the document he said he had purchased, how would anyone authenticate it? You appreciate that that's an argument agaibst it, not one in its favour? What Ian said was evidence It really isn't, because there's nothing to examine. It's barely even hearsay. Of course it’s...
by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5455

Re: British Knock out 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:37 pm
If an invitational event takes place in Ipswich and all the invited players are members of Ipswich Chess Club, is it reasonable to call it the British something or other?
Depends if all the best players/players meeting the tournament objectives are from Ipswich.
by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3237

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:00 pm
Francis Fields wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:47 pm
I played King takes King Bishop two check.
Bishop takes King Bishop two check, presumably.
Could be K if it's discovered check. "King Bishop two" makes no sense if it's a capture. If it's BxB then the "King" in the "King Bishop" is probably redundant.
by Richard Bates
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22752

Re: World Youth Championships

Play early, play often...
by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 91792

Re: Cheating in chess

I have never understood the obsession with phones being turned off. It's to stop it making a noise. I believe players have assumed that by turning their mobile telephone off it would not be capable of making of noise. Some will make a noise anyway when the battery is low or some other event. Batter...