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by David Robertson
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13532

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

ACP takes a view. I was unaware of this when posting above. It only addresses 'professionals' though. Doubtless one or two on here will argue it doesn't apply to 'amateurs'
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15719

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Without wishing to appear to criticise, I'd recommend reading Mike's email first as this goes into a little detail. Certainly I should. And doubtless I will when it comes down to me. But I copied Mike Truran into my post, and we've exchanged emails since. He's quite reasonably troubled by the finan...
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13532

Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I'm opening a separate thread to the ongoing Coronavirus thread because I don't want my case to be lost in a general discussion. As I explain below. we need to act quickly, immediately, and specifically with regard to our community. We need to suspend all chess activity. Within ten days. most gather...
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15719

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

an email from Mike Truran which confirms that, as matters stand, the intention is to go ahead with the two remaining weekends although the situation remains fluid depending on spread of virus and any governmental instructions. I've not (yet) seen the email. But I think it is poor advice. From what ...
by David Robertson
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3365
Views: 363365

Re: Media comments on chess

Main cartoon in the Times today is a play on the chess scene from Bergman's The Seventh Seal with BoJo enquiring of Death, "have you disinfected the pieces?"

Sorry, but I don't know how to present the cartoon here
by David Robertson
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15719

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

I was managing a school at a junior event today. Instead of handshakes children were advised to put a "thumbs up" when a game finished All very well-intentioned, but utterly pointless. Shaking hands leads to contagion only if a person is infected. But if a person is infected, the virus can readily ...
by David Robertson
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 223
Views: 15719

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

John McKenna wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:34 pm
By contrast, Leicester Square was pretty empty
Is that because Leicester has had an outbreak?
by David Robertson
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 10
Views: 838

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Is there any reason to think Kasparov is actually expert in this field at all? None whatsoever. He was invited to join Nick Bostrum's at his Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, without doubt as a name-recognisable, sponsorship-seeking intiative by the Institute. In his own book on th...
by David Robertson
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on the battlefield
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Chess on the battlefield

Here, in a clip from a Russian film, Zvezva (2002), a young war volunteer offers Chess as a key transferrable skill :-)
by David Robertson
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3238

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

I had begun to think this forum had run out of things to chunter about. Francis Fields does us all a service by proving me wrong
by David Robertson
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 1985

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:07 am
It was also the venue for the spring Blackpool congress in the 1970s and 80s.
That's when I remember it. Don't think they've changed the table linen since.
by David Robertson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 1985

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:06 pm
...the one used when the Congress was last in Blackpool back in 1988
And it's still a sh!thole
by David Robertson
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: US Election Chess Set
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: US Election Chess Set

It comes with its own signed Certificate of Authenticity. Must be OK then
by David Robertson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 4082

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Buckels - Ivanchuk Ye Gods, Chucky, even I could see it and the follow-up at #26. Completely nailed on. Play it on auto-pilot. A total bust that would give Ivanchuk [-14.0]. Missed. Then he subsequently lost. Astounding
by David Robertson
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 4082

Re: Gibraltar 2020

OK, now we're making progress with one curiosity, let's try another. Why did MVL's opponent resign, with SF giving [0.00]?