The organizer of the CalChess Scholastics released the following statement about "swine flu" and this weekend's tournament. As long as the California health agencies do not restrict large public gatherings or close more schools, it is my personal belief that we must not cower in fear of the unknown. That said, I do expect some players to skip the tournament because of the perceived risk; each family must make their own decision.
"I want to first address concerns about swine flu. As an organizer, I take my cues from professionals, not from the media, and following the advice is to have hand sanitizer and avoid physical contact. I will have hand sanitizer available and you may bring some. I will also instruct the players not to shake hands (wave at their opponent as a courtesy) and to only use the pencils we use at the desk. The tournament directors and volunteers will also be using hand sanitizer regularly to avoid passing any virus. Finally, if you have any symptoms, please stay at home. That said, you have every right to make the best decision for your family and I respect will respect that." -- Salman Azhar