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by David Robertson
Mon May 25, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Extremely dodgy - for the reasons you give. But also, intuitively, for the patternless, unfathomable, quasi-randomness of the moves (his, not yours ;-) ). And then, once Qs come off, W's pieces suddenly harmonise with uncanny fluency. Nf8 is symptomatic of a pure engine move (the earlier Qc3 looked ...
by David Robertson
Sun May 24, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9508

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:23 am
With all due respect to Alex
LOL
by David Robertson
Thu May 14, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 311
Views: 16198

Re: 4NCL Online

There's a new statement about banned players at the 4NCL website Indeed there is. And at risk of taking us way, way, off-topic, I draw general attention to the delightful paragraphs at the end of the statement. One of my players (ie Spirit of Atticus) was on the receiving end of collegiate goodspor...
by David Robertson
Tue May 05, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 311
Views: 16198

Re: 4NCL Online

I've now discovered the name of the accused player, and the game that led to the accusation. I've now played through that game, albeit without an engine running, and I'm happy to say from considerable experience of online chess and cheating that I do NOT think the game shows evidence of cheating, no...
by David Robertson
Tue May 05, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 311
Views: 16198

Re: 4NCL Online

I've no plans to get involved in this thread beyond the information I've already supplied. But in that context alone, I'm surprised at the action taken (to withdraw teams) ahead of an appeal to the 4NCL Online Appeal Panel. I understand no appeal has been received by that Panel. For avoidance of dou...
by David Robertson
Mon May 04, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 311
Views: 16198

Re: 4NCL Online

A'way the lads. And so it starts... Geordies take their bat home :(
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: WIM Arianne Caoili
Replies: 7
Views: 1449

WIM Arianne Caoili

RIP. Announced just now. Mrs Aronian. Car crash recently. Presumed non-critical. I have nothing more to hand. Shock I have no words to express the grievance over my wife Arianne's death. She was intelligent , hard working and joyous person that lived a beautiful life... I love you honeybun, sleep ti...
by David Robertson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

There was only ever talk of "herd immunity" in the UK. Sweden are persevering with it, and they're The Guardian's favourite country I stand corrected on THAT then No need. Usual bo**ocks; usual source. Didn't take too much checking Swedish authorities have said they are not explicitly pursuing a st...
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2020/03/25/Coronavirus-Iceland-s-mass-testing-finds-half-of-carriers-show-no-symptoms This is complete and utter bo**ocks. This is what the Government of Iceland says A website of no known (and doubtful?) provenance nevertheless adds this: Not all the resul...
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21202

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Mike Gunn wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:52 pm
Danny G's solution is obviously the way to go
Not so obvious to everyone
Magnus Carlsen wrote:I think giving Radjabov the wild card for 2022, that I find would be ridiculous. You could make the case that he should play in this one... it doesn't feel justified, but I would understand it, but in 2022 - no
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

David Robertson wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:20 pm
Covid-19 is SARS. Precisely, it's SARS-2, and killing at close to the same rate
Not sure why I waste my time in here. I spend effort getting things right, only to be told I haven't. Who to believe though? Try here
The Lancet
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:13 pm
It is actually relatively mild compared to (for instance) SARS or Ebola
FFS.

Covid-19 is SARS. Precisely, it's SARS-2, and killing at close to the same rate. It isn't MERS (a serious killer). And it isn't Ebola (pre-vaccine, lethal)
by David Robertson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

Gordon Cadden wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Believe that we are already under Martial Law
No, we are not. Not even nearly. I've been the first in the queue to call out the shambles of Government policy on this matter. But even I find considerable consolation in the Govt's & the PM's hesitation before curbing our liberties
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21202

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

After going +3...
Nepo wrote:I'm definitely feeling not OK and actually I wanted to make like some kind of a quick draw today. (...) I got a couple of these tests and both [were] negative. But again, you know, the whole atmosphere, it doesn't help you to feel healthy.