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by Wadih Khoury
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180158

Re: Cheating in chess

We know Lichess use this computer analysis: https://scontent-lhr8-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/140047615_2941858986051311_491127559978963080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=2&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=kpguonncOBsAX-cZPJN&_nc_ht=scontent-lhr8-2.xx&oh=9de8a2155d2aa20e064f6e4116f170f2&oe=602F3AE3 Though you'll probably...
by Wadih Khoury
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lockdown and Queen's Gambit have boosted my online rating
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Re: Lockdown and Queen's Gambit have boosted my online rating

My online rating on PlayChess is higher than my ECF or FIDE ratings. This maybe because in online chess my approach, is to always to try & win, resulting in a much higher % win rate .....whilst OTB I am much more cautious, & not happy to risk losing several games in succession. I am afraid that onl...
by Wadih Khoury
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13037

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

The results are out on the official website.

Congratulations to all winners and podiums, and thanks to the organisers for an event well managed.
by Wadih Khoury
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4144
Views: 448386

Re: Media comments on chess

Article on adult beginners in the Guardian, heavily focused on chess:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... r-for-life
by Wadih Khoury
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions

The most obvious problem is the impact of draws, but having a qualifier and championships is also hugely beneficial for online events. Banning a player after the qualifying rounds is (potentially) much less disruptive than allowing them to compete all the way through to the finish. I didn't make a ...
by Wadih Khoury
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13037

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Does anyone here knows if the results across all sections are final and published?
I can only see the chess-result rankings, but I was under the impression they are not final and that the event's page would list all the winners.

I did email the organisers, but haven't heard back from them yet.
by Wadih Khoury
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88200

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Tier 5.
When is it all going to end???
by Wadih Khoury
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Tournament rankings: some statistical questions

Thread only for those who like to see things through a mathematical lens :wink: In a Swiss tournament, if I recall correctly you need Roundup(Ln2(X)) round to determine the winner with X players So for 50 players, you would need (Ln2(50), rounded up which is 6 rounds. If you want to get the top Y pl...
by Wadih Khoury
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13037

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

In case the organisers do read the forum: Thank you for organising the event, it was long overdue, and as some said above, the Zoom finals were fantastically managed. Hopefully OtB will be back and we will not need another one, but if we do, I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Thank you gai...
by Wadih Khoury
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Question about arbiters

I was thinking what are the pros/cons of becoming an arbiter (as some other chess parents seem to be). Thought it would be nice to be able to help organisers and do something while my son is playing. Whenever OTB restarts. Some questions in no particular order: Key question is: how good do you actua...
by Wadih Khoury
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Same position, different assessment

Seems there are a ton of different potential reasons: * Different CPU threads having different speed/load * Stockfish keeping a transposition status, so 2 identical position will have diferent continuation (one of them will be suboptimal). * and this technical explanation: However, in fact Stockfish...
by Wadih Khoury
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88200

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

John Moore wrote:
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:43 am
The Southend Congress for 2021 due to be held at Easter has been cancelled.
Is confidence that low that we may go back to tier 1 by then?
by Wadih Khoury
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4144
Views: 448386

Re: Media comments on chess

I have often wondered why they changed the original name, 'Searching for Bobby Fischer', to 'Innocent Moves' in Britain. I always recommend this film to parents with aspiring child chessplayers. It is one everybody can watch and enjoy. Josh became an IM, but turned his attention to martial arts. Th...
by Wadih Khoury
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13037

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Many thanks Wadih... yes, I have only entered the Rapidplay qualifier, so you've given me a very helpful lead... however, I don't understand how I find 'the right tournament section "club"' ... I've looked in "English Chess Federation - Members" Club on chess.com but that doesn't seem to help, othe...
by Wadih Khoury
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13037

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

BRITISH ONLINE SENIORS QUALIFIERS 65+ (born 1955 or earlier) | 50+ (born 1970 or earlier) Standardplay Qualifier (entry deadline 1900 on Tuesday 15th December – CLOSED for entries) One tournament per age category – Friday 18th December beginning at 4.00pm; Saturday 19th December beginning at 10.00a...