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by Roger Lancaster
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

He is of course wasting his time and I expect he knows that perfectly well. Yes but Dvorkovich is a politician and, while FIDE's actions might be fairly irrelevant in the wider world of geopolitics, perhaps he remembered that the Russia and Iranian governments have similar interests in at least one...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 204
Views: 14901

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I'm mildly consoled by the thought that it could have been Jeremy Corbyn trying to run things instead.
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11652

Re: Invisible pieces

To assert, as did the writer of the article which prompted this topic, that the fact that Nigel Short has no formal qualifications in neuroscience disqualifies him from expressing an opinion seems to me disingenuous. Nigel clearly has done a certain amount of research and he's entitled to say, withi...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11652

Re: Invisible pieces

Is it really necessary in this forum to point out that, in this country, it is increasingly difficult to have a rational discussion about race without one party to the discussion calling the other "racist"? Much the same applies to sexism which I believe was the topic here.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11652

Re: Invisible pieces

The fear that men in general are violent towards women might be irrational but the fear that any given man might be violent is rational - in the same sense that avoidance of all other humans in the belief that they are all infected with corona virus might be irrational but avoidance in the belief th...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4212
Views: 457685

Re: Media comments on chess

Interview on BBC World Service, Business Matters, around 1.30 this morning with an American woman grandmaster [was only half-awake so don't recall name] to discuss Queen's Gambit and its effect on increasing popularity of chess - particularly from a female perspective.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

While no-one will argue with Nigel's statement, it's not an answer to the original question of whether it's fair to penalise individuals , possibly entirely innocent individuals, because of the policy or actions of their government and/or chess federation. Arguably not. But the other side of the coi...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:34 pm
Yes, but the question under discussion here is why all that geopolitical stuff should have anything to do with chess.
Nick, it doesn't have anything uniquely to do with chess.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

"... There doesn't seem to be a quick 'fix' to the problem although it's possible that, as and when an increasing number of countries [eg Bahrain, Emirates] in the Middle East open up diplomatic and other relations with Israel, the Iranian theocracy will find itself increasingly isolated in its app...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

Colin Powell leaked emails: Israel has '200 nukes all pointed at Iran', former US secretary of state says I would imagine that Russia and the US have more than 200 nukes pointed at each other. They still manage to play chess. I described earlier why contacting Israelis is a red live for Iranian reg...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 6265

Re: What's GM short doing?!

It's an unfortunate reality that individuals are punished, often unfairly, as a result of actions or policies of their governments. In that regard, although I can sympathise with them, the situation of Iranian athletes - including chess players - is far from unique. Reference has already been made t...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1706
Views: 97524

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I've just had a look at the obits section Simon and I'm shocked at the number of people who have died this year. Have to say a magnificent job done by you to list as many as you have. Thank you. I was also surprised by the numbers but wondered whether, rather than being indicative of excess deaths ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: EACU ONLINE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Replies: 0
Views: 316

EACU ONLINE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Information as follows but please note I am merely the messenger here and enquiries should be addressed to Patrick Ribbands [details below] who is organising this event. EACU Online Team Competition 20/21 45 minutes plus 15 seconds increment 3 rounds for teams of 4 in 4 divisions: Open Wednesdays 1...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8126

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

I have Tevis's book on my bookshelf and, having wondered how the film would compare, was impressed. However, what I or anyone else on this forum think is really neither here nor there. At a time when chess is having Covid-related problems, the film comes as a massive publicity boost.