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09-03-2020, 16:42   #1
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Coronavirus

I wonder what the repercussions of the virus will be for the chess world? Are tournaments like Galway and the Easter festival in doubt? Will the Candidates be cancelled? Will chess come to a standstill until the virus has passed? How many fatalities will there be in the chess community? Worrying times indeed.
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For the time being, I guess we won't be shaking hands before and after games?
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For the time being, I guess we won't be shaking hands before and after games?
You still have to take their pieces, unless you flick them off the board.
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Plenty of chess events have been cancelled already. In Iceland, UAE (Dubai), Azerbajan,Thailand, Italy,Vietnam, to name just a handful, though there are many more I think.

Still far too early to know how bad it might get. So far it is at the contained stage in Ireland. Next few weeks are perhaps critical.

Fine line between panic, hysteria and sound precautions and preemptive actions/policies. The fact that flights from Italy were allowed to carry on without actions taken like serious screening is probably the reason it got in here. The way it works is - case - case, cluster - BOOM! If and when that happens here, goodness only knows how messed up things will be.

Varadkar and Simon Harris in charge? Holy cow, we are screwed for sure.
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For the time being, I guess we won't be shaking hands before and after games?
Already recommended by FIDE.

Though as begbysback points out, taking pieces is still an issue - as is sitting so close to your opponent for so long. So you may as well shake hands really.
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So you may as well shake hands really.
Exactly.
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Plenty of chess events have been cancelled already. In Iceland, UAE (Dubai), Azerbajan,Thailand, Italy,Vietnam, to name just a handful, though there are many more I think.

Still far too early to know how bad it might get. So far it is at the contained stage in Ireland. Next few weeks are perhaps critical.

Fine line between panic, hysteria and sound precautions and preemptive actions/policies. The fact that flights from Italy were allowed to carry on without actions taken like serious screening is probably the reason it got in here. The way it works is - case - case, cluster - BOOM! If and when that happens here, goodness only knows how messed up things will be.

Varadkar and Simon Harris in charge? Holy cow, we are screwed for sure.
Not meaning to be facetious about it but in the unlikely event that we end up losing three or four percent of the population the Government will no longer have to worry about finding the money for pensions in the near future, the hospital overcrowding would , in the long term, be solved and probably the housing crisis too. I hesitate to say that every cloud has a silver lining as it would be too high a price to pay.
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Already recommended by FIDE.

Though as begbysback points out, taking pieces is still an issue - as is sitting so close to your opponent for so long. So you may as well shake hands really.
Running the older age groups events seems incredibly irresponsible given that the death rate is so heavily skewed towards 50+ and even more for 65+. That 1m advice should be for breathing only, droplet spread increases to 2m for coughs in indoor environments and something like 6m for unobstructed sneezes.

Locally the last round of the leagues should definitely be looked at.
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Locally the last round of the leagues should definitely be looked at.
It's far enough away that we can sit and wait on it for now. By late April, most likely either nothing like that will be going ahead, or we'll be past the worst of it. I guess we can postpone it for several months if necessary. Round 10 of the Armstrong is in 9 to 11 days though. That needs a call made in the next week. Probably best to wait the week too, just to see what's happening seeing as the situation is changing rapidly.

I presume sodacat wouldn't object to postponements in the current situation.
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The World Senior Team Championships is in progress in Prague but some players (including GM Nunn) and even a few whole teams withdrew. Ireland 65+ are playing with a team of 3 as one person decided not to go in the end. They managed to draw their match yesterday against higher-rated opponents despite defaulting board 4.

I think senior events (and even many ordinary events) abroad and in Ireland must be in doubt though it looks like the Candidates will go ahead, with Maxime Vachier-Legrave replacing Radjabov who decided not to go to Russia.

Reykjavik cancelled its Open a couple of days ago. I have doubts whether the Chess Olympiad in Moscow will go ahead in August.

The last round of the Leinster leagues and the last round of the 4NCL may be just when infections reach their peak.
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I presume sodacat wouldn't object to postponements in the current situation.
Sodacat has no objections. The whole thing is a massive pain in the (_x_). The repercussions are potentially catastrophic, not just from a health viewpoint but also financially and socially. Imagine what it would be like if a virus like this with a 100% death rate for all age groups ever started spreading.
Chess seems trivial in comparison but I am hoping that both Galway and the Easter tournaments will go ahead and that the whole crisis is over by the time the Irish Championship comes around.
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I blame the government.
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Locally the last round of the leagues should definitely be looked at.
Advice going out to clubs from the LCU in the next day or two is that league games should continue as scheduled for the moment. They're of a scale which is way below any ban on gatherings in other countries (except Italy and China). But any contrary advice from Government and even the ICU in the near future can and will change that.

The last round of the leagues are six weeks away, which is too far away to make a call on at the moment, but if clubs do want to try play games early, that would be encouraged.

But with 10 cases being diagnosed today - the biggest one-day jump yet - the simple fact of the matter is nobody knows what next week will look like (this time last week, there were just 2 cases here), so this is something which will probably evolve over the coming days and weeks.
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I'm amazed that Cheltenham is going ahead. Sixty thousand people a day squashed in like sardines and most of them Irish.
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And with an active case in Cheltenham too.
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