COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

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Chess during CoVID-19

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat May 09, 2020 3:05 pm

Hello.
How to do chess activity in these CoVID-19 days? ournaments, classes, ...?

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Re: Chess during CoVID-19

Post by John McKenna » Sat May 09, 2020 5:41 pm

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Re: Chess during CoVID-19

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun May 10, 2020 2:54 am

So you play on chess,com and lichess.org. How do you arbitrate those events?

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Re: Chess during CoVID-19

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun May 10, 2020 2:21 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 2:54 am
So you play on chess,com and lichess.org. How do you arbitrate those events?
With difficulty.

See the long thread about 4NCL Online, starting at Page 5.

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10700&start=60

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by MJMcCready » Mon May 11, 2020 6:14 am

I would hurry up because its going to be banned shortly. There's research showing on-line chess can and does spread Covid.

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon May 11, 2020 7:39 am

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:14 am
I would hurry up because its going to be banned shortly. There's research showing on-line chess can and does spread Covid.
I know that you didn't intend any malice and that I'm going to sound pompous, but:

Please could I make a plea that people don't troll about Covid-19 on here. A lot of people are struggling with their mental health during the lockdown and they include members of this Forum.

Edit: Typo corrected.
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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by MJMcCready » Mon May 11, 2020 11:41 am

Fair point, you can include myself in the list of those struggling, I only know one person who isn't

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by Neil Graham » Mon May 11, 2020 3:38 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 11:41 am
Fair point, you can include myself in the list of those struggling, I only know one person who isn't
Some considerable time ago I recall some market research was conducted on chess; amongst other things they found was that chess players were statistically significantly more likely to be unmarried and live alone. Possibly that might be a factor here?

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by MJMcCready » Mon May 11, 2020 4:36 pm

He does live alone but doesn't play chess and since he's gay he has always been unmarried. What market research was that you recall? I remember something coming out of a similar nature, around 1989 but it very different results the only bits I remember were that globally chess players have been the most highly sought after of all males by women consistently over the last 500 years.

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by John McKenna » Mon May 11, 2020 5:01 pm

I've not seen any research on the effects of the virus on chess hermits.

However the following fake news (lifted from above) -

"There's research showing on-line chess can and does spread Covid."

Would have been more acceptable if it read -

There's research showing on-line chess can and does spread cheating.

Is research into that topic even strictly necessary (and there's plenty of it going on elsewhere here on the forum and further afield) given the covert nature of most online chess playing?

Until such time as nth-generation arbitbots police the games played online - by using every bit of tech in your environment to spy and report on you - it remains a game of a few cats trying to catch what could amount to an army of mice.
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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by NickFaulks » Mon May 11, 2020 5:12 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 4:36 pm
I remember something coming out of a similar nature, around 1989 but it very different results the only bits I remember were that globally chess players have been the most highly sought after of all males by women consistently over the last 500 years.
David Attenborough, if I'm not mistaken. Or was that about hermit crabs?
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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by MJMcCready » Mon May 11, 2020 10:07 pm

It wasn't him and the only reference to crabs was every world chess champion got crabs from prostitutes during their career.

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by John McKenna » Mon May 11, 2020 11:43 pm

That Attenborough piece may be out there somewhere.

Not he, below, but another crustacean/human parallel -

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141103-hermit-crab
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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by MJMcCready » Tue May 12, 2020 12:09 pm

There was an article funded by FIDE which mentions crabs once. It was a list of foods more rather than less likely to increase your ELO rating. I remember crab was quite high up, and something about England highly unlikely to ever have a world champion because of dairylea on toast, cuppasoup, and fish&chips, all of which are frowned upon by FIDE. Think it was published in New In Chess, if not then it was The Sunday Sport...one of the two.

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Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Post by Reg Clucas » Wed May 13, 2020 2:14 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:09 pm
England highly unlikely to ever have a world champion because of dairylea on toast, cuppasoup
Sounds reasonable to me, although you'll notice I haven't included fish & chips. Maybe replace with pot noodle.

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