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by Joseph Conlon
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:47 pm
Although if you're using Stockfish how often is the game going to go on for seventy moves
When both sides are, quite often.....
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

Commenting on the interview with Andy Howie - I was also perturbed by the statement that you cannot tell cheating by one game. Maybe it was exaggeration for effect, but it’s clearly wrong from a statistical viewpoint (for pretty much any reasonable choice of ‘how unlikely is something before you cal...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Question about arbiters

I posed the example because checkmate *can* be achieved by a sequence of legal moves - otherwise there is no problem in declaring the game drawn. A related example would be where a player, swindled and subject to a forced mate next move (say a back rank mate where all they can do is interpose a piec...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: Question about arbiters

Interesting question Wadih - also something I have thought about doing when it becomes possible again. I may be at risk of incurring the wrath of the Arbiters' Union here, but I do feel that for lower level events a sort of practical wisdom at the board is more important than knowing the minutiae of...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4327

Re: Closing Gambit

I should know better than to bite, but yes of course it would, because neither the Soviet Union nor (to my recollection, would appreciate examples to the contrary) any other state had or has any particular track record in assassinating sporting figures who had defeated their own. As Korchnoi would ...
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

"This decision looks wrong on the available evidence, so let us assume there is better evidence not available to us" is not an approach I would like to recommend. Is this the case here though - is anyone here in a position to say that it looks wrong (or right)? Put another way: who on this forum fe...
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

I would assume that any decision to put an engine mark on a super-GM account would go right to the top of lichess and would not be done without a lot of thought and human input. I can imagine algorithmic bans of 1900-rated players being done very quickly, but its hard to imagine a site banning someo...
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm not offering an opinion either way regarding the games and the player (I haven't looked at them). But on casual games - my understanding is that a player can get a lichess ban for engine use in casual games. My understanding (which is based on reading a lichess discussion thread) is that lichess...
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

Yes it's a shame - registrations were looking good with 16 signed up 3 weeks in advance, with a decent top end (6 graded over 120 in old money). I had even thought I had a chance of reaching my capacity of 30. But the best laid plans of mice and men go oft a-Hancock. However, there will be another w...
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

As per the government announcements Oxfordshire is moving into tier 4 from Boxing Day. In tier 4 'supervised activities provided for children' can only take place where necessary for parents to work. This is not the case for a junior chess tournament and as such the tournament is cancelled/postponed...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

Nick: In tier 2 or 3 'supervised activities provided for children' are permitted activities which are exemptions to various Covid rules about meetings. A junior chess tournament falls under this category. In tier 4 'supervised activities provided for children' are ONLY permitted if they are basicall...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

There are plenty of excellent opportunities for children to play online - what I am trying to offer is the opportunity to play over the board at the moment.

No one is required to enter and I recognise there are those who do not wish to play OTB at the moment.
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

Further to above: I have now read the tier 4 guidelines and these have changed the nature of the 'supervised activities for children' exemption. In tier 4 this only exists when necessary for parents to work, and it also states that youth clubs and groups will not be able to open. https://www.gov.uk/...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180264

Re: Cheating in chess

Isn't that limited to players in the tournament though? Unlike lichess, I didn't found a way to spectate a game (maybe due to child protection?) I don't know; for obvious reasons I'm not trying to experiment on this. I did check with spectating on the top-rated game on the site (some random GM) and...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: Second Junior OTB tournament in Oxfordshire

Hi Wadih, Still working it out - I've seen the headlines (along with everyone else) but haven't looked carefully enough yet at the detailed rules. The key exemption the tournament relies on is for 'supervised activities provided for children', i.e. being in an analogous category for youth groups and...