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by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

That's not correct because the vaccine isn't 100% effective at preventing someone catching coronavirus. It is close to 100% as far as serious illness/death is concerned. But what's the risk of suffering from long term effects that shorten life expectancy or the quality of life, particularly if the ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 4004

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

I have booked some dates in July and August for Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/ for news - and avoided the British in Torquay, as it would be nice to think that might happen, even in a cut-down version. Any official news? I think Torquay 2022 might still be in th...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It does feel more generally positive for chess. There is the odd troublesome story still here and there. The resurgence of Covid-19 in Manaus, Brazil being one of them. A steep rise in hospital admissions despite an estimated 76% of the population having had Covid-19 antibodies in their systems. Var...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The vaccine roll out seems to be going quick. Lancaster is up to cohort 6 already and I've just been told I'm getting my jab on Wednesday.
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

No doubt only pencilled in, but all legal limits on social contact in England set to be removed on the 21st June. Presumably chess congresses will be free to spring back into life after this date. Fingers crossed!
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: Performance Enhanced Chess

Testosterone only improves energy levels in the sense that it repairs and rebuilds muscle faster. It's really just for athletes and most importantly weight-trainers. I assumed it was common knowledge that the most important factor regarding energy levels is fitness level. From what I understand the...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: Performance Enhanced Chess

Therapeutic use exemptions are listed below. Testosterone Replacement Therapy would be an option after an exemption granted under the section on Male Hypogonadism. It just struck me as something that might be relevant. What makes you think top UK chess players experiencing lower energy levels would...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: Performance Enhanced Chess

The World Anti-Doping Agency, therapeutic use exemptions are listed below. Testosterone Replacement Therapy would be an option after an exemption granted under the section on Male Hypogonadism. It just struck me as something that might be relevant. England in particular seems to have a band of midd...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: Performance Enhanced Chess

The World Anti-Doping Agency, therapeutic use exemptions are listed below. Testosterone Replacement Therapy would be an option after an exemption granted under the section on Male Hypogonadism. It just struck me as something that might be relevant. England in particular seems to have a band of middl...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: Performance Enhanced Chess

International chess tournaments began incorporating drug testing in 2001. FIDE is a part of the International Olympic Committee, & that relationship means players have to stick to the World Anti-Doping Agency rules. If you genuinely had test results showing low T, getting a medical exemption should...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Performance Enhanced Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Performance Enhanced Chess

Without making too long or too boring a post, I wonder why more professional level chess players don’t consider testosterone replacement therapy. I don’t think many sports people trying to compete even over the age of 40 overlook that one as a possible avenue to retain high normal testosterone at an...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal. John Nunn at Chessbase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-under-covid After the pandemic is over John is of the opinion online play may be here to stay, I hope not but I fear he may well be correct. "On the other hand, there are many advantages to online ches...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Technically, if schools re-open on March 8th (as last planned), I would expect that Junior tournaments would be able to resume simultaneously. Looking a bit further into the future, if restaurants can reopen in April or May, then, subject to the exact rules in place, I could see OtB tournaments res...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

.....I do not expect there will be any OTB Chess Congresses' in the UK until towards the end of the year (if at all). I'll be the optimistic one here and will cheer for small scale events to resume once we go back to the tiering system. Hopefully the vaccination campaign will mean that R0 will be u...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98946

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I see from the Fide calendar that the regular tournaments at Novi Sad in Serbia are one of the few events anywhere in the world going ahead more-or-less as normal, and in a country without compulsory quarantining rules for Brits on entry. Has anyone played at Novi Sad and know about arrangements fo...