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by John McKenna
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18135

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Matt, I don't know where you got your figures from but I've heard experts say that the number of false negatives is usually greater than the number of false positives (and I repeat - FALSE NEGATIVES ARE MORE DANGEROUS). Nick gave a link in one of his posts, further above, that contained - "Royal Sta...
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18135

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Thanks for the link, Nick. (I will be perusing it.) As for 'isolation' - we chess players know the weaknesses of the isolated pawn - it is the lockdowns that have caused most of that. And, of course, there's a high price to pay in terms of mental, physical and financial health. I believe it has been...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18135

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

As I've said before - it's the false negatives that are the real problem with falsies. Surely it is obvious that they are both problems. If there were no actual positives at all, but enough false positives to justify shutting down the country, you don't think that would be a problem? I agree that b...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18135

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

As I've said before - it's the false negatives that are the real problem with falsies.

A number of people employed on test, track & trace have already been let go but they may be track & tracers not testers!?
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18135

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

How low can the UK go? The number of new infections reported today was more than 6,000 and that is down from about 20,000 per day not that long ago. The obvious potential problem is - Ideally scientists and medics would like to see that number reduced to below 1,000 new detected infected people per ...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11907

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

The 2005 British Chess Championships was held on the Isle of Man. Since 1904, the British Chess Championships have not been held in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Wight. In response to posters who felt that the British Chess Championships took place too infrequently in their c...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11907

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Why are there two threads with the same name I am confused? They were started at different times, the first pre-lockdown. They may as well be merged if that's straightforward. Carl. perhaps you could contact a moderated and ask him to merge them :lol:. Continued thanks for everything you do. Couldn...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118176

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Roger responding to Wadih.
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11907

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

Why are there two threads with the same name I am confused? The 2nd post in this thread shows the subject title had no 't' in British (see title at top of this post). ...the one used when the Congress was last in Blackpool back in 1988 And it's still a... So the two threads were different. Somewher...
by John McKenna
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 320
Views: 18816

Re: Pedants United

"... And in Britain, journalists had a field day last year when it was revealed that Prime Minister Tony Blair had difficulty spelling the word tomorrow. Downing Street initially suggested that it was Mr Blair's handwriting that made the word seem as though it were spelt as "toomorrow" three times i...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118176

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Not sure if I should welcome GM Matt T to cellblock-H(orton) he might be accused of getting into the wrong crowd. Some people here need to remember this - "Pluralism as a political philosophy is the recognition and affirmation of diversity within a political body, which is seen to permit the peacefu...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180304

Re: The English Language

Thanks for asking around. M. Ali Farboud has played no games I could find since the 1960s. During that time, at Olympiads, he defeated V. Bergraser (twice champion of France), had a win and draw against Brian Reilly (twice champion of Ireland) but lost to GM Oscar Panno (champion of Argentina at lea...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 47
Views: 4649

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Penrose became a GM and not the inferior honorary version. How it happened is through another of Bob Wade's services to English chess. In the late 1970s when Jonathan had virtually finished his over the board career I thought my friend and contemporary was worthy of the GM title. This was round abo...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180304

Re: The English Language

Where have you found ali, in the first place? See here (note that 'CC', below, is Correspondence Chess) - In 1965 he started CC Olympiad 6 preliminaries on board 3 in section 1 for GB and scored 3 wins and 5 draws; he was the only player not to lose to M. Ali Farboud of Iran, the country which won ...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3627

Re: Peter Markland

IIRC there is only one "honorary" GM still alive - our own Penrose. Apparently he's not so "honorary", Matt. Penrose became a GM and not the inferior honorary version. How it happened is through another of Bob Wade's services to English chess... SNIP I see that Wikipedia and other sources call Penr...