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by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18527

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I saw this article on the BBC which I think is staggering, it is definitely worth a read https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-54906234 That looks like non intuitive but probably actually very sensible public health guidelines. The vaccines don't do any good if you're already infected and in...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John G Bycroft
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Re: John G Bycroft

Now that is very sad, and far too early.

I never really met him much because I started playing Woodhouse just before Hull pulled out but Hull really were enormously strong during the decade or two before that. Thirteen Yorkshire leagues in a row, iirc.
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18527

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Maybe the film version? Denethor in the books is quite impressive overall, before he gives into tragic despair - which certainly isn't a state of mind Boris appears especially prone to!

What is more surprising in a way is that they can't seem to find a way to govern 'round' Boris either.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The ECF Book of the Year Award Presentation
Replies: 1
Views: 646

Re: The ECF Book of the Year Award Presentation

Well deserved reward it is too - that book really is an awful lot of fun :)
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Billsborough 1942-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Jim Billsborough 1942-2020

Good paintings. Clearly a very impressive organiser too! Millom is a truly lovely place , but hardly large and the travel to away matches must have been a huge effort. What do you know of it then? Yes, league fixtures in an all-Cumbrian set up can certainly be "fun". (the more so when you had clubs...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2536
Views: 208272

Re: Cheating in chess

Justin, You presented a game and said that it looked 'real' to you. I am just pointing out that there is a lot of information contained within one game and there are a lot of things to consider. Lichess have a huge amount of experience about what 'real' and 'cheating' looks like in terms of these m...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The Lancet paper, assessed by independent scientists Oxford Covid vaccine 'safe and effective' study shows On closer reading it turns out they are saying it works fairly well provided you are under 55, and therefore not at much risk from the virus anyway. Its more a lack of data (so far) than anyth...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Billsborough 1942-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Jim Billsborough 1942-2020

Good paintings.

Clearly a very impressive organiser too! Millom is a truly lovely place, but hardly large and the travel to away matches must have been a huge effort.
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

1. August (or possibly July - a committee member has told me the decision was effectively made then) was too early to decide about a congress starting on December 28. You could, to be honest, have made a decision back in March :( Certainly by July/August it was very clear that we were only ever goi...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 43
Views: 11319

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

That really is a bit astonishing, and it'll be fascinating to see how they did it when it comes out.

Its a conceptually much less obvious problem for it than chess/Go etc.
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It’s hard at this point not to expect the present government to make a dog’s breakfast of this uniquely huge vaccination roll out. I'm going to keep trying, although yes :) In terms of a vaccine roll out in the UK, the Oxford vaccine still has a few questions marks. The news today is they haven't g...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

So Cornwall can have a little rule of 6 adult chess. Lol The chances of much of the country going into Tier 1 before the summer seems quite remote given that the vaccine roll out will likely be a longer process than some optimistic predictions suggest. Vaccinating 'everyone' (or enough for herd imm...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It is. Getting a venue that good in central York for basically nothing for decades was some form of minor miracle :)
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'd definitely be somewhat wary of 'distorting' the winter league by finishing off several matches of it in summer. Maybe best to use 'points per game' to decide these leagues, as was done in football by EFL divisions 1&2 and NL. But perhaps it's still too early to be discussing this. That can get ...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118564

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Very unlikely to get the second - there'll be a fair few marginal venues who have shut for good, or at least until some brave soul tries to reopen them. For instance, York have lost the RI in York. Sold back to Network rail. That had, to be honest, been coming for a while - its bang in the city cent...