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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jan 29, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

Some actual quotes from the man himself here . His comments make perfect sense to me. My favourite quote from the article above, Dubov talking about for how long he will have to self-isolate: It really depends on where you start counting, and it seems to be a very flexible thing. I will not pretend...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jan 29, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

When has Dubov 'publicly shown little concern about basic preventive measures against the spread of the disease'? Until he appeared on the chess24 broadcast yesterday I don't recall him saying anything publicly on the subject. When he was asked to wear a mask by the tournament organisers, made a bi...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 28, 2022 10:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

Did the tournament organisers actually confirm that they demanded Dubov to wear a mask despite the contract guaranteeing the opposite? So far as I have seen, they have confirmed nothing. If I have to guess, I suspect the contract might say that "the players are not normally required to wear a mask ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 28, 2022 10:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

Also he didn’t (I assume) contract Covid as a result of not wearing a mask. If you assume so... then it might be just karma. I repeat myself: nothing surprising that someone contracted covid after publicly showing little concern about basic preventive measures against the spread of the disease. He ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 28, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

In addition to a simple principled point about the contract that the tournament was being played under. Defaulting therefore reduced his chances in the tournament, but didn’t jeopardise his rating and playing with a mask was contrary to contractual agreement. I find questionable the argument about ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jan 28, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan
Replies: 138
Views: 9074

Re: Wijk aan Zee 84th Tata Steel 2022 14 to 30 Jan

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Jan 28, 2022 10:54 am
Dubov has COVID
So, someone contracted covid after showing little concern about basic preventive measures against the spread of the disease; nothing surprising here. I'd suggest we call this "the Djokovic gambit".
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Dec 16, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2843
Views: 274479

Re: Cheating in chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:30 am
There must also be players who claim their opponent has cheated because they were dissatisfied with the result of the game.
I believe what you just described accounts for the overwhelming majority of online cheating claims.
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The Reform of ECF Council
Replies: 57
Views: 5678

Re: The Reform of ECF Council

I think a far better system would be to require every member, when paying their ECF membership fee, to select which organisation should represent them. I could then select Nottinghamshire, or the MCCU, or the 4NCL, or Tim Wall, or John Reyes, or any of those entitled to vote (i.e. not restricted by...
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2021
Replies: 167
Views: 12668

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2021

https://twitter.com/FIDE_chess/status/1450461937117040640 From FIDE's twitter account: "The Organizers of the FIDE http://Chess.com Grand Swiss and Women’s Grand Swiss are working with the government to agree on an exemption regarding the high-level international sports events. We will update you as...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess
Replies: 32
Views: 2853

Re: Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess

In the strange times we inhabit, I'm not sure how you are supposed to find a sponsor who doesn't give offence to someone. Sure. But how often do you see mainstream newspapers reporting about unusual sponsorship agreements? You can't possibly deny this arrangement looks very odd. It's not only The G...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess
Replies: 32
Views: 2853

Re: Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess

We are very used to anonymous pieces in LiChess, by now, "for fear of retribution." Perhaps it is so. Or perhaps they are just made up... Perhaps the LiChess comments are just made up. However, even if those comments were completely made up, I find it difficult to dismiss the concern about this spo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess
Replies: 32
Views: 2853

Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess

This has been reported already on the "media comments on chess" thread but definitely deserves its own thread. Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess This is the FIDE announcement https://www.fide.com/news/1351 It would be good to know who in FIDE decided about t...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Norway chess postponed to 7-17 September 2021
Replies: 38
Views: 4747

Re: Norway chess postponed to 7-17 September 2021

I'm following the Norway chess tournament on chess24. Does anyone understand the standings numbers, particularly in the scores, the second number. Normally this would be the number of games played or the max points available to the player so far. With the armageddon game played after a draw, chess24...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Euro 21
Replies: 187
Views: 9466

Re: Euro 21

I think Paolo is right. Although if he has happened to read any Italian press, they might not be the most neutral. Italian press is obviously not to be trusted on the subject, but it was not only them. This is a good summary in English: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jul/08/englands-pena...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Euro 21
Replies: 187
Views: 9466

Re: Euro 21

Speaking to friends in the Czech Republic and Germany, we appear to have got a bad press over the laser pen incident and that few Italians will be at the final. They said most people are supporting Italy and that England is not popular. From what I read in non English press, reaching the final than...