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by Matt Bridgeman
Sun May 31, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 7525

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

After a couple of years of no proper over-the-board chess will there be a meeting in the middle? The over-the-board players get de-skilled playing only online chess, and the online only players do more study as suddenly there are new cash prizes and rewards available for online tournaments.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun May 31, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 7525

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

I think I’ve mentioned before that the UK Chess Challenge, which starts with something like 40,000 kids playing at the schools stage, often throws up some players who have only played casual games or online before. I think in general come the Giga Final and Terra Final stages, the more tournament es...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon May 18, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

It’s a shame in a way some permanent infrastructure doesn’t remain from the 1980’s boom of successful English grandmasters.
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon May 18, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

I remember in South Australia they have a really useful, large, detached ‘Chess Centre’ in Adelaide. It’s generally always buzzing with junior and senior events and coaching, and it’s probably why South Australia is one of the more active states in Australia for chess. From memory I think the buildi...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon May 11, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 5023

Re: British Blitz Championships

We were emailed this afternoon re final entry. I think they are just checking they have a full roster of available players for Saturday’s final before they publish the list.
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon May 11, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 3238

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

Hi Simon. I hope Scarborough gets to run as well. It might take some major re-jigging of the playing hall though, as you can see from the website picture it looks pretty crowded in there; http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk/ The layout might need re-imagining to get it off the ground, but my ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 857
Views: 39324

Re: 4NCL Online

Alex's update from yesterday shows that 12 players from the online 4NCL and J4NCL have been added to the barred list for cheating. https://www.4ncl.co.uk/
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

Best of luck Danny with the lockdown. I hope the coaching and streaming keeps you ticking over. Without rehashing anything I appreciate that you coming into that Devon discussion opened the way for a lot of other strong players to speak up too.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

Sweden did ban large gatherings, closed high schools and universities and advised the elderly to self-isolate. But bars, restaurants, primary schools and most businesses are still open. The reports I read suggest people are being careful and avoiding crowds in general, but obviously there's no stric...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

The Education Secretary today suggested it's still likely to be a lengthy wait before schools go back. In our area there's a late May half-term. I'd think the earliest possible date back at school would be 1st June, but as the summer holidays start on the 17th July, it could equally be the 2nd of Se...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 16570

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

If over the board chess events are tentatively restarted over the New Year - Hastings? - I wonder if the new normal would be the entire field wearing face masks?
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 1833

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

You'd think all these obscure opening will eventually get their 15 minutes of fame as jobbing GM's turn them into Chessbase or more likely Chessable products.
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

Reports say Boris was put on oxygen in hospital last night. If the full lock-down happens, I wonder if they'll announce it on Thursday evening prior to the long bank holiday weekend. A two week lock-down to potentially catch the virus peak. Who knows?!
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

Working from home is another one. A lot of firms blocked that option from their employees, saying it's unworkable. But then have found it easily workable! Lol
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25491

Re: Worrying times

I think even when the social distancing restrictions are eventually lifted, the fall out for things we previously took for granted might last years. Insurance is a good point. It was noticeable that even before the extent of the pandemic was fully known, that you could no longer buy travel insurance...