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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 185
Views: 16461

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

The last time I costed a major FIDE event, the World Youth, I estimated a cost of £1.3 million to be held in London in 2012. I suppose unlike out of season Greek, Turkish and perhaps other holiday centres, there isn't anywhere in the UK where the difference between what an organiser might pay to bu...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 117
Views: 6545

Re: Computer Go

Surely it would have already been tried. Perhaps not with the same first principles approach. Programmers of chess engines from the very earliest have tried to use evaluation functions of various levels of sophistication and learn openings by look up. I'm aware that there was an engine that confron...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 117
Views: 6545

Re: Computer Go

David Shepherd wrote:with just the rules and 72 hours to work out how to play optimally


You wonder what would happen if you let it loose on chess. Would it agree with Fischer that 1. e4 was "best by test"?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans

W Kg1 , N b6 B Kd4 P f5 e6 h7 with Black to move. 8/7p/1N2p3/5p2/3k4/8/8/6K1 It's a six man ending, so it can be looked up in the tablebases. http://www.shredderchess.com/online-chess/online-databases/endgame-database.html A sample line 1. .. Ke4 2. Kf1 Kf3 3. Nc4 f4 4. Nb6 e5 5. Nc4 e4 6. Nd2 (onl...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 185
Views: 16461

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

LawrenceCooper wrote:Daniel's title now confirmed


Also at
http://www.fide.com/component/content/a ... urkey.html

John Pigott and Ravia Haria confirmed as IMs.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 28
Views: 1198

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Joey Stewart wrote: was that a convention of the times?


Yes. Think cricket, ER Dexter, MJK Smith, MC Cowdrey etc.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation
Replies: 131
Views: 16736

Re: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation

Possibly more a case of not realising what they were doing when they did the server update. According to http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10444-executive-board-2017-decisions.html EB-2017/13. To temporarily exclude the Bulgarian Chess Federation. EB-2017/14. To approve that...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1225

Re: FIDE Executive Board

There's a long list of bullet points at
http://www.fide.com/component/content/a ... sions.html

EB-2017/26. To approve the proposed changes to the Laws of Chess.


But what are the changes?
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1853

Re: ECF Agm 2017

on the chat with my rep, he was an non ex director and he think that he is above everyone else! The solution is in your own hands, or that of the other clubs or players in the league. You just select "someone else" as the League's "Representative Member". If it's who I think you...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 205
Views: 8379

Re: Why did he did so?

[FEN "[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "Q7/3bppkp/3p2p1/3Nn3/4P3/4RrPP/1q6/R5KB w - - 2 4"]"] [SetUp "1"] *

What happens after 4 Re3


4. .. Qf2 looks like mate to me.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1853

Re: ECF Agm 2017

The point being made was that a Welsh registered player, with English Silver membership, has to pay £1.50 rating fee for playing in an English FIDE rated event, while the English Silver member has to pay £10.50 to up-grade to Gold membership. I don't think the Welsh player has to pay anything at al...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1853

Re: ECF Agm 2017

There was discussion of the different charges levied on ENG registered silver members and, for example, Wales silver members who enter a FIDE rated tournament in England. I thought it established that WLS, SCO and IRL players didn't need any ECF membership at all to play in FIDE rated tournaments i...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1225

Re: FIDE Executive Board

Here's what chess.com has to say on the quote motion

https://www.chess.com/news/view/executi ... -president
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1225

Re: FIDE Executive Board

The "official" report is now up. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10439-88th-fide-congress-in-antalya-turkey-day-6.html It's not very complimentary about the possibly retiring President. FIDE Deputy Mr. Makropoulos deplored the fact that the Presidential Board and ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1225

Re: FIDE Executive Board

NickFaulks wrote: In fact he got 20, against 37.


Are there really at least 57 people on the EB, or are there those with multiple votes?

Being requested not to run isn't yet the same as standing down. Like the downfall of Mrs T, it seems it's the insiders who have had enough.

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