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by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Eastern European is slightly (?) racist shocker.
Isn’t Avrukh Israeli, not that that has anything to do with his comment
by Alan Walton
Wed May 27, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1589

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

There is an argument that if black runs the a pawn you may have to play Nf8 anyway
by Alan Walton
Tue May 26, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1589

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Personally looking at the position the knight on e5 cannot move the rook is best placed on d7, therefore what to do with the other knight, after some relatively simple calculations Nf8 becomes obvious Yes, but Black is just screwed, so why not just play Kf3. Would you really get on to thinking abou...
by Alan Walton
Mon May 25, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1589

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Personally looking at the position the knight on e5 cannot move the rook is best placed on d7, therefore what to do with the other knight, after some relatively simple calculations Nf8 becomes obvious
by Alan Walton
Sat May 23, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

Is there a link to this which is correct; the one on the ECF webpage only directs to a 2hr Arena?
by Alan Walton
Fri May 01, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: July 2020 grades

It seems clear to me that there will be no OTB chess between now and the cut-off date of June 30th. Could it be considered that the cut-off date is brought forward to April 30th? This would give time to get the results in and also bearing in mind the ECF is running on a skeleton staff give extra ti...
by Alan Walton
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 24539

Re: Worrying times

Whatever date it is, I don't think people are going to go back while there's a high death rate and no testing-and-isolation operation of any note. (Just in general, it's one of the problems with the herd-immunity strategy that you can either have people carrying on their normal lives, or you can ha...
by Alan Walton
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 24539

Re: Worrying times

Everything is guess work when all predictions are made; shooting down Sweden will only happen once the full picture is known At present the % of deaths against total population (taken at the same day since countries are at different points in time) is that Sweden are doing better than France, UK, It...
by Alan Walton
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 53
Views: 2656

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Nick, perhaps on Soheil’s threads putting sarcasm in brackets might be useful :roll:
by Alan Walton
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 19372

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

You know that piece has already had to be re-titled and rewritten because of objections to it. Sounds like censorship if it had been re-written because of objections, all views should be accepted; only if something is factually incorrect it should be removed I remember listening to that question an...
by Alan Walton
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17135

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Can't imagine when the next chess tournament will be. four months away? With no sport on the tv, no idea what i'm going to do with my life. Why not go to the pub; it should be quiet or unbelievably lively, us Brits always do the opposite of what we are told by politicians so most probably the second
by Alan Walton
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17135

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Why do people (and the BBC) keep using the word lockdown, it is quarantine; lockdown is something you do to prisoners to keep them in check; from the last i seen none of these people are convicts
by Alan Walton
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Final standings in abandoned leagues
Replies: 41
Views: 2864

Re: Final standings in abandoned leagues

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Even in 1939, did leagues have the same problem; presumably war started at the start of most sporting and chess seasons?
Correct, war started in Sept 1939; so the season never started (football that is)
by Alan Walton
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17135

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I am no expert in this (like most here), but I did read a article about “herd immunity” and a comparison to something in 1918 in America Two cities in America, I think it was St Louis and Philadelphia back in 1918 did two opposing tactics (can’t remember which way round) 1) total lockdown, got a ins...
by Alan Walton
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 19372

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

The s**t hasn’t got real; the hysteria has got real is all