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by AustinElliott
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 891
Views: 23979

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

any one wanting to make an outlandish prediction that all four QFs end today? Though if Ivanchuk wins... Aronian is running Into time pressure, and you wonder if he dislikes his position as he is taking time every move. E.g. Four minutes for 32. ..a6, which seems an obvious 'hold the position' move...
by AustinElliott
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: Chess Behind Bars

John Healy was a vagrant Isn't that racial abuse nowadays? As the 1824 Vagrancy Act is still on the books in England, I would imagine a lawyer defending you from a libel action could argue that calling someone sleeping rough 'a vagrant' was a strictly factual description and thus carried no imputat...
by AustinElliott
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 2416

Re: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017

Wicklow news Well done Stephen. I remember Stephen bringing his mum down to Chorlton one night when she was visiting him. We were sorry to lose Stephen to Bury, but as he's living up Bury way now it makes more sense for him. Don't think we've seen him back at Chorlton yet in a Bury team - maybe nex...
by AustinElliott
Wed May 03, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 34
Views: 8277

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

The book "Chess and Manchester" (ed. Eric Nowell with many contributions by Alan Smith) is pretty authoritative and has quite a lot on the 1817 club. If you live in Manchester, then I am quite surprised you don't know this book. As it's a softback with a paper cover, 'Chess in Manchester'...
by AustinElliott
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Statistics in chess
Replies: 61
Views: 4141

Re: Statistics in chess

Sorry, more de-railing from the original topic, but: it was January 2013 when I got this email My name is Peter Backus and I am a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester. I am currently working on a research project about how men and women compete with each other and we are using data ...
by AustinElliott
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 18301

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

It isn't usually a problem for local chess leagues, where local pride can come into play. Well... I haven't seen the actual statistics, but I have heard a lot of people in the Manchester League saying they think defaults have become more common in the last 3 or 4 years. Would be interested to hear ...
by AustinElliott
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Statistics in chess
Replies: 61
Views: 4141

Re: Statistics in chess

I agree; With a considered approach to data quality the ECF could make great strides here. FIDE also but that would require a larger coordinated effort across the federations. It wouldn't be too expensive for example for Experian (or other data company) to run a profile analysis of the membership -...
by AustinElliott
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"
Replies: 189
Views: 8965

Re: "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE President"

They could have saved themselves the trouble by backing Bessel Kok in 2006. Some of them did! Nick, what is the signal for everyone to change sides? "We have always been at war with Eastasia" is apt but not original, while "London Bridge is down" has recently been taken. "T...
by AustinElliott
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 12989

Re: National Chess Library closure

Here is a novel (and much cheapter idea). Pay some impoverished chess player a few hundred quid to scan every page of every book and create an online archive which could then be accessed by anybody through the ECF website (or if somebody REALLY clever was able to help, it could even be marketed as ...
by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 155
Views: 15241

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Daniel is currently playing in the Budapest spring open; round 4 live Board 52, not on the live boards, sees Andy v Jamie Horton :roll: Interested to see Daniel rolling out the London system against the Serbian GM. Recall that when I played Daniel a few years back - in M'cr League B Division (!?) -...
by AustinElliott
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Blackpool 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 2093

Re: Blackpool 2017

Nice tactic in Merry v Wells, destined to appear in the Evening Standard column. Analysed in the Quiet Move (never heard of it before), Peter Wells in blistering form. http://www.thequietmove.com/blackpool-2017/ The Quiet Move is a new chess website set up by Andrew Sainsbury, who plays for Chorlto...
by AustinElliott
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 12989

Re: National Chess Library closure

Having now read through the catalogue (2011 vintage so presumably a little out-of-date) I found just over 6500 books including, as others have noted, many duplicates. Among the more extreme cases were, for example, the two volumes (1905-30 and 1931-55 respectively) of Tartakower's best games, each ...
by AustinElliott
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1363

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Having read the paper again, it seems that the 39 participants (1 dropped out) were divided into 4 groups, and firstly given one of the 4 test materials, then a week later given a different test material, then a week later another different material, and then a week later the one they had not had. ...
by AustinElliott
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1363

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Caffeine is a well-known 'cognitive enhancer', so its reported effects reported are no surprise. Indeed, it's a standing joke in neuroscience that, whenever someone makes exaggerated claims for some new drug or concoction (see e.g. 'smart drinks') as a cognitive enhancer, someone else will eventuall...
by AustinElliott
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2728

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

I was surprised Aronian not a wildcard after Rex Sinquefield's interview: https://youtu.be/Onhiwz6NB0M?t=36m32s A shame from my point of view, I understand the selection criteria but I think the tour does suffer a bit from having a lot of players with similar styles. Of course, Aronian not being a ...

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