Event Cancellation

List of cancelled events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
David Sedgwick
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Re: Event Cancellation

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:12 pm

Adam Raoof wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:40 am
If the ECF gave me the funding, I would run this event at Golders Green over two weekends, with 100 players at the venue each time.
You might have to promise not to clash with 4NCL weekends and SCCU county matches. One can have too much of a good thing.

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Re: Event Cancellation

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:23 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:53 am
NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:18 pm
I expect the following to happen:
"I" is presumably the British Rapidplay's in-house epidemiologist. Do we have a name?
Hi Nick.
Something you might not like has appeared on the Yorkshire Chess Association website regards to the cancellation of the British Rapidplay. Worth a read.
Steve Mann has backed Brent Kitson on the cancellation and posted his strong views aswell including about a coach holiday to Dunoon.
Link in case you want to read the Dunoon bit :lol:
The organisers of the popular British Rapidplay, run by, amongst others, Brent Kitson and Stephen Burton, had to cancel the 2019 event due to Covid, and have now felt it necessary also to cancel the 2021 event scheduled for 26th & 27th November, in Leeds.

The event website says:
With the rise in covid 19 numbers due to the delta variant, and the likelihood of other more vicious variants likely to appear in the near future, it has been decided to postpone the tournament for another year.

250 people in an enclosed environment is a mass spreading event, especially as we will be in close proximity and breathing on each other for most of the day.

Masks are not good enough in that situation.

I (SM) fear that sometimes organisational zeal tips the balance in favour of proceeding with an event when it is unclear that proceeding is wise. There are always players so starved of chess that they are happy to risk contracting covid, and indeed to risk passing it on to others, so the decision to cancel the British Rapidplay a second time seems to me perfectly sensible.
Any postings on here represent my personal views and should not be taken as representative of the Manchester Chess Federation www.manchesterchess.co.uk

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Re: Event Cancellation

Post by Angus French » Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:24 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:10 am
Simon Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:53 am
Something you might not like has appeared on the Yorkshire Chess Association website regards to the cancellation of the British Rapidplay. Worth a read.
There is however the empirical evidence of the various tournaments that have already taken place, which are not rumoured to have been spreaders of disease.
Is it empirical evidence? By the same logic, those who practice unsafe sex with multiple partners and have yet to catch HIV/AIDS or any other STD...

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Re: Event Cancellation

Post by Angus French » Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:28 pm

I've corresponded with Steve Mann a bit on ECF matters and spoken to him at Council meetings. He strikes me as a decent and thoughtful chap! And he does a great job reporting on Yorkshire chess.

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Re: Event Cancellation

Post by Simon Rogers » Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:00 pm

Angus French wrote:
Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:28 pm
I've corresponded with Steve Mann a bit on ECF matters and spoken to him at Council meetings. He strikes me as a decent and thoughtful chap! And he does a great job reporting on Yorkshire chess.
I agree, he does put lots of great information on the website, which I enjoy reading, a lot better than Lancashire.
There has been nothing on the Lancashire website since April 2020.
Lots of good info on the Hampshire, Dorset and Worcestershire chess association's websites aswell.
I also enjoy looking at the Swale Chess Club and Cumnor Chess Club websites.

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