OTB chess in Europe....

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  • OTB chess in Europe....

    Every week I download worldwide games from TWIC (The Week in Chess). The last couple of weeks I've noticed more and more face-to-face events in Europe. When I go to the sites of the events and look at the photos - few (if any) have masks, and they look like normal tournaments. Serbia gets more new COVID cases than Canada every day; Croatia gets more than Ontario - but they are playing OTB chess! The only thing in common with most of the events is one board on a table which would normally accommodate two.

    Here's one in progress in Lithuania: https://plungesbokstas.lt/

    The Croatian junior team championship (with social distancing - no masks): https://chess-results.com/Fotos.aspx?lan=13&key1=10949

    Ceske Budejovice Chess Festival in the Czech Republic (with social distancing - no masks): http://qcc.cz/turnaje/148-sachovy-fe...oval-cely-svet

    Ilmar Raud Memorial (Estonia) - with social distancing - no masks: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...JnOHI5ekRmdlVR

    The "First Saturday" tournaments have resumed in Budapest. (no social distancing; no masks): http://chess-results.com/Fotos.aspx?lan=1&key1=10943

  • #2
    The Biel (Switzerland) festival starts in a couple of days ...

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    • #3
      The 2020 Ikarus International Chess Open has been under way in Greece since July 10.

      Organizers and players adhere to the protocols developed by the ECU. Τheodoros Tsorbatzoglou reports that body temperature is measured at an entry point to the playing hall. No spectators or leaving one's table to walk in the aisle (although a photo in the middle tells otherwise :) ).

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      • #4
        Those seem like very well thought out ideas (tournament immediately above). Enforcement is another issue.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
          Those seem like very well thought out ideas (tournament immediately above). Enforcement is another issue.
          I guess I'm not getting it. Regardless of most of the measures, aren't sitting three feet apart & repeatedly contacting the same surfaces deal-breakers?

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          • #6
            Some other tournaments in Europe in July:

            Polugaevsky Memorial 2020, 9th-19th July,
            Location: Samara, Russia

            National Individual Cup Georgi Tringov Memorial 42nd Open, 12th-19th July,
            Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

            40th International Chess Tournament „Plunge 2020”, 13th-19th July
            Location: Plunge, Lithuania

            24th International Chess Festival „The Battle of Senta 1697″, 11th-18th July,
            Location: Senta, Serbia

            IX festivāls “Vidzemes vasara” Limbažos, 17th-24th July
            Location: Limbazi, Latvia

            13th Paleochora Open 2020, 18th-25th July
            Location: Paleochora, Greece

            53rd Biel Chess Festival 2020, 18th-29th July
            Location: Biel, Switzerland

            XVII CHESS FESTIVAL „Jūros šventė – 2020”, 20th-26th July
            Location: Klaipeda, Lithuania

            3rd Summer Festival of Chess in Belgrade 2020, 20th-26th July
            Location: Belgrade, Serbia

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Aris Marghetis View Post

              I guess I'm not getting it. Regardless of most of the measures, aren't sitting three feet apart & repeatedly contacting the same surfaces deal-breakers?
              I suppose both players wearing masks would stop droplet spray. I would have to have on the table hand sanitizer to apply after every piece capture. Perhaps also testing of all players before entering.

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              • #8
                I assumed players wearing masks and the board and pieces sanitized would be enough but Erik is right - table hand sanitizer is necessary. What is the amount of time sanitizer lasts regards the virus? Is sanitizing all the pieces and board at the start of a game going to last 3+ hours?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                  I assumed players wearing masks and the board and pieces sanitized would be enough but Erik is right - table hand sanitizer is necessary. What is the amount of time sanitizer lasts regards the virus? Is sanitizing all the pieces and board at the start of a game going to last 3+ hours?
                  I thought sanitizer reduced existing viral load via the alcohol dissolving membranes. I wasn't aware that it had any significant lasting effect. Some brands say hours, but studies say 2 minutes.

                  However, I'm not married to this opinion, if anyone has more recent information.

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