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by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A suggestion made to me is that the "unit"" of gathering is a game of chess consisting of two players. You can then have multiple gatherings in the same room provided they are suitably far apart. Is that the position of the Northumberland organisers as well? Sorry Roger, I did mean to comment on th...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Here is the bit about "restrictions on participation in gatherings" as it now stands: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684/regulation/5 Paragraph (1) of regulation 5 now says that a person must not participate in a gathering of more than six people. But it creates several exceptions to that ...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Given the comment earlier about exempt premises, is this another example of how the Government, Police or Civil Service would like to interpret the law differs from what the law actually says? In the case of the Government, probably yes. I don't see any basis for tarring civil servants or police wi...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Everything we were told about the new legislation last week has to be taken with a pinch of salt because it didn't actually appear until today: presumably the Government's lawyers were putting the finishing touches to it over the weekend. For our purposes the crucial point seems to be that the 6-per...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

As usual there is likely to be a big difference between what we are actually allowed to do and what the Government wants us to think we are allowed to do. The media briefings will obviously reflect the latter. We won't know the former until the new regulations are published, presumably in a day or t...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:28 pm
After all, very few decided to avoid tournaments due to flu concerns, even though it kills a significant number of people every year and is highly contagious. It's because the risk was deemed acceptable.
The fact that you can get vaccinated against flu might have something to do with it.
by Jacques Parry
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If it's still illegal to invite a half a dozen or more people to your house to play a five minute tournament, why is it legal to do the same in external premises? Actually I think you are now allowed to have a gathering of up to 30 people in your house. But I have no idea why it's legal to have a g...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:50 pm
Jacob Ward wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:08 pm
I don't think the law actually stops chess clubs from opening.
I think it depends on how you interpret the "no more then two households" rule.
That is not a legal rule. It's just guidance, which the Government chooses to phrase as if it were a legal rule. Jacob is correct.
by Jacques Parry
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:25 pm
Playing competitive chess is being made impossible
By whom, and how?
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Tim Spanton wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:44 pm
Careful does it - favouring a (so-called) quick return to OTB chess is not a popular position with the we-are-doomed fanatics on this forum
I didn't say it was a good idea. I said it wouldn't be illegal.
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71556

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The Law is certainly muddy because of the continuous Government misinformation on what the law is, with the guidance being presented as if it was the law. Indeed. Right from the start the Government has been trying to make us believe that the restrictions are stricter than they are. I think you pro...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 5125

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:04 pm
I'm not clear whether it's legally possible for individuals from up to twelve households to assemble indoors for a six board match.
I can't see anything in the latest regulations to prohibit this, or indeed a large congress.
by Jacques Parry
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 5125

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

I have no wish to discourage this initiative, but perhaps the poll should include another option:
"No. I would have no objection to hybrid chess if I were confident that it was safe, but at present I am not."
by Jacques Parry
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1815
Views: 158473

Re: Cheating in chess

You're a lawyer and I'm not, Jacques, but do we have any relevant precedent here? Not sure what kind of precedent you're looking for. The Fraud Act says that you commit fraud if you dishonestly try to make money by false pretences. (I'm paraphrasing a bit, but that's the gist.) This clearly include...
by Jacques Parry
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1815
Views: 158473

Re: Cheating in chess

The bottom line is - it is easy to catch people who use assistance How do you know that it's easy to catch them, when you don't know how many of them there are? I have seen juniors doing this for money (which is a criminal act) We've gone over this a few times on here, including on this thread, and...