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by Alan Walton
Fri May 01, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

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: 25156

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: 25156

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: 88
Views: 4978

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: 19635

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: 17463

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: 17463

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: 2914

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: 17463

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: 19635

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

The s**t hasn’t got real; the hysteria has got real is all
by Alan Walton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1704

Re: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:49 am
Unless Jana Bellin ever played on top board for Staffordshire, or Ruth Sheldon for the well known MCCU county Manchester ...
From memory there was situations that Ruth played near or top board; but cannot prove this
by Alan Walton
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1704

Re: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess

Well it looks like that was a little early for claiming that record
by Alan Walton
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 13699

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Call me a cynic; but it seems to me all the ECF are doing is making the qualified list as big as possible to maximise there entry fee income; might as well just make the event truly open and be done with the duplicity
by Alan Walton
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Malta International Open

I have quickly calculated the British based players rating changes, and those for the three John mentioned These are just the scores against rated players (unrated players excluded) Player Rating Mvmt K Score Games w-we Expected Keith Arkell 2445 0.0 10 7 9 0.0 7.0 Craig Hanley 2441 6.0 10 7 9 0.6 6...
by Alan Walton
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 12608

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Then there is plenty of time for him to play in the future - if they wanted him to get the experience, put him in as reserve and give him 2 or 3 games. Why? If you have confidence in a player, and you don’t expected to medal it is great experience to play higher up From my French friends comments t...