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(Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:40 pm
by Tim Spanton
CzechTour has released regulations for three congresses, starting Aug 8, Sep 4 and Sep 17 (two in Czech Rep, one in Bulgaria)

http://czechtour.net/summer-prague-open/regulations/

http://czechtour.net/sunny-beach-open/regulations/

http://czechtour.net/files/propozice/20 ... 020-en.pdf

Tempting, at least to me, but will the UK have quarantining rules then?

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:08 pm
by NickFaulks
Tim Spanton wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:40 pm
Tempting, at least to me, but will the UK have quarantining rules then?
If it does, it would be equally tempting not to come back.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:48 pm
by Tim Spanton
That's a thought - a sort of prolonged European chess tour covering most of August and September

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:18 am
by MartinCarpenter
Not just the UK rules as a worry. Unless things go very surprisingly well here, you’ll probably face a strict two week quarantine on arrival in Europe. See Greece recently.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:35 am
by NickFaulks
I read that the Greeks had said we were welcome. Has that changed?

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:43 am
by Tim Spanton
From the D Telegraph:

Greece
Quarantine of arrivals since March 16, hoping to lift June 15 and at the latest July 1

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:08 am
by Chris Fegan
NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:35 am
I read that the Greeks had said we were welcome. Has that changed?
Do I not recall Rocky Raccoon saying?
"I fear the Danaans [Greeks], even those bearing lifts,"

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:12 am
by Mick Norris
NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:35 am
I read that the Greeks had said we were welcome. Has that changed?
BBC
Greece is to open up to tourists from 29 countries in two weeks - but not those travelling from the UK

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:55 pm
by David Sedgwick
It had previously been reported that Greece was open to a reciprocal arrangement with the UK under which each country would admit residents of the other without quarantine restrictions.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:46 pm
by MartinCarpenter
They'll be open to it in principle, just not while the rate of the virus in our population is anything like as high as it is now.

We've basically given up on really squashing it, so at this point I doubt if we'll be freely travelling anywhere this side of a vaccine. See also Sweden, USA etc.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:11 pm
by NickFaulks
All very annoying for those of us in London, where the virus is now harder to find than baking powder.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:52 pm
by J T Melsom
London's not really at normal daytime population levels though is it? It would likely return once the tourists and commuters return. Its not just about you, you know.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:16 am
by Ian Thompson
The Biel GM tournament is planned to go ahead this year, but most of the rest of the usual tournaments are cancelled. Michael Adams is one of GM tournament players.

The organisers do, though, plan a "Corona Amateur Tournament" where "each player has a chessboard with his own pieces in front of him and sits offset at the same table with his opponent". The details of how this will work are not yet published. It has 19 entries at the time of writing.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:48 am
by Kevin Thurlow
"The organisers do, though, plan a "Corona Amateur Tournament" where "each player has a chessboard with his own pieces in front of him and sits offset at the same table with his opponent". The details of how this will work are not yet published. It has 19 entries at the time of writing."

That should be completely chaotic! When do you press the clock? The arbiters will doubtless have several opportunities to reconstruct the real position from the varied ones they will get, assuming the players have coherent score-sheets, which is not usually the case... It's almost worth going just as a spectator.

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:07 pm
by Ian Thompson
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:48 am
When do you press the clock?
I don't see why pressing it would be a problem if it's between the two players. Both players being able to see it at the same time would be impossible with a normal digital clock though.
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:48 am
The arbiters will doubtless have several opportunities to reconstruct the real position from the varied ones they will get, assuming the players have coherent score-sheets, which is not usually the case...
Why would it be any worse than what might happen when playing a blind player?