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by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No Birthdays Today
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: No Birthdays Today

I couldn't do that; but I'm wondering how the board would know when my birthday is, given that my profile doesn't say.
by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The practical question is whether an internal club or even county tournament of more than six people could be run in premises used for community purposes. The participants would most likely know one another. At present the answer is probably yes. But it's impossible to be sure, because the legislat...
by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"Actually the issue is not whether people are mingling: the concept of "mingling" is relevant only where a person participating in the gathering does not do so "alone" but as a member of a group (though I still don't understand how you can simultaneously be alone and yet participating in a gatherin...
by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Community venues can be allowed more than six people in a room. The problem being how to demonstrate that they aren't "mingling". Community venues do still appear to be exempt, though it's not clear whether that was the Government's intention, since the explanatory memorandum which accompanied the ...
by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Don't the ramblers feel they can rely on the exception for sports gatherings? If they think the Sport England definition isn't conclusive, I'm sure they're right; but isn't rambling a fitness-related activity?
by Jacques Parry
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Regulation 5(3)(j) also provides an exception for participation in sports gatherings by non -elite sportspersons. But it's very unlikely that a chess event would be regarded as a sports gathering, even if some of the participants come from countries where chess is regarded as a sport. The question i...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 18698

Re: Membership Renewal

Also, failure to comply with those guidelines is not illegal. These guidelines are the Government's explanation of what we can and can't lawfully do. The explanation is not accurate, but you can hardly blame the ECF for accepting it.
by Jacques Parry
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 18698

Re: Membership Renewal

The new restrictions are hardly something you need to "search" for. Of course the ECF is encouraging people to comply with the new guidelines. It can't encourage people to flout them, and offering no advice at all wouldn't be helpful.
by Jacques Parry
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

No, you said judges would use a dictionary. I said that they would say it was a matter for the magistrates. The magistrates would be unlikely to use a dictionary, and if they did, an appeal court would probably say they shouldn't have. I'm not going to guess at what a magistrate might think.
by Jacques Parry
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

True, but in the event of a prosecution it would be for the magistrate(s) to apply the word in what they take to be its ordinary meaning. And an appeal court would probably say that, as an ordinary English word, its meaning was a matter for the magistrates.
by Jacques Parry
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:45 pm
The term "mingle" isn't well defined.
It isn't defined at all, so it has its ordinary meaning. Of course there is room for argument about what that might be. Actually I can't find any precedent for its use (in relation to people, rather than financial assets) in UK legislation.
by Jacques Parry
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

And the important point is the classification of the buildings themselves, not necessarily the activities which are being engaged in. I think Richard is spot on. The Government guidance says that the 6-person rule does not apply to gatherings "for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable s...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A suggestion made to me is that the "unit"" of gathering is a game of chess consisting of two players. You can then have multiple gatherings in the same room provided they are suitably far apart. Is that the position of the Northumberland organisers as well? Sorry Roger, I did mean to comment on th...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Here is the bit about "restrictions on participation in gatherings" as it now stands: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684/regulation/5 Paragraph (1) of regulation 5 now says that a person must not participate in a gathering of more than six people. But it creates several exceptions to that ...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1184
Views: 59417

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Given the comment earlier about exempt premises, is this another example of how the Government, Police or Civil Service would like to interpret the law differs from what the law actually says? In the case of the Government, probably yes. I don't see any basis for tarring civil servants or police wi...