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by R G Edwards
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17772

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

It's always amusing how those who are quick to use the word 'racism' never apply it to Australians. Or Americans. Or Germans. I'm speechless. Why are you speechless? I'm making a clear point that had this virus originated in say, Australia, and some people had started to avoid Australians or Austra...
by R G Edwards
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17772

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Less than two weeks ago, you were accusing people who were apprehensive about going to Chinatown of being ignorant and racist. And so they were David, since no medical advice then or since has suggested that restaurants or anywhere else should be avoided because of their ethnicity. You might try ge...
by R G Edwards
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 19854

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

I think you only need to see the state of the toilets at some chess events to get a feel for the level of hygiene. I often give advice to people going for job interviews that they should use the company toilets with the view that the level of hygiene is often a very good indicator of how they will ...
by R G Edwards
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 19854

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Given the observable level of self-care amongst many players, I suggest that chess is a particularly risky activity at the moment. Frequently I have observed players using the toilet and not washing their hands. And then going out and shaking hands. And touching the pieces and the clock. Horrible. W...
by R G Edwards
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 4655

Re: Tony Buzan

In fact it is not unknown for obituaries to be critical of their subjects, but although one of the comments above links to an obituary, none of them actually constitute one on their own. This is a thread, not an obituary nor a set of them. It discusses an individual whose life and methods engendere...
by R G Edwards
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 4655

Re: Tony Buzan

The convention for obituaries is that the strongest criticism one makes is along the lines of "there is no doubt that Tony was a divisive figure, and could be given to hyperbole. His claim to have been consultant in the 1986..." What you don't do is start posting links to spats you had with the dece...
by R G Edwards
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 4655

Re: Tony Buzan

Poor old Tony. He's only been dead a few days and people on here are already bad-mouthing him. What's his great crime, exactly? Writing books? Frankly, it's shameful that anyone would post such mean-spirited comments in an obituary section.
by R G Edwards
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 6338

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Interesting comments from everyone. I should append that a few years back I played in a big tournament in the US and the behaviour of the junior players there was very different. It was a pleasure to play them. I found myself wondering whether it's a cultural thing. Incidentally, I have given some t...
by R G Edwards
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 6338

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I'm more inclined to blame contemporary parenting styles. When I was growing up, parents were both teachers and authority figures that established rules, boundaries and modes of behaviour. These days, parents want to be their child's best friend. Criticism of a child's behaviour is seen as judgmenta...
by R G Edwards
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 6338

Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I know they’re kids, so one has to cut them some slack, but why are so many junior players so downright bad mannered at the board? 1. Banging the clock on every move 2. Staring at you when it’s your move 3. Standing behind you in your field of vision when it’s your move. 4. Constantly sniffing inste...
by R G Edwards
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is chess a waste of time?
Replies: 14
Views: 2351

Is chess a waste of time?

I appreciate that's a rather inflammatory question, but it's one that's been on my mind recently. Sure, chess is an interesting, enjoyable game, but as I get older (I'm nearly 50) I do find myself wondering whether it's really a great use of time. After all, our time here is a finite resource; how o...
by R G Edwards
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The greatest minds of our time
Replies: 15
Views: 2382

The greatest minds of our time

I had to smile this morning when I read the ECF news email from Mark Jordan about Gibraltar in which he refers to the players as "some of the greatest minds of our time." With the greatest respect, Mark, I think this is taking hyperbole a little far. The greatest minds of our time are not devoting t...