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by Martin Benjamin
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4099
Views: 445815

Re: Media comments on chess

Very nice clip from 1966, but who is Jonathan? I'm informed that the little boy with the toffee apple who is playing Martin Bell is Jonathan Christopher Benjamin who passed away in 2000. If it is him, I remember him when I was just starting to play chess and there are games of his on the database. ...
by Martin Benjamin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12651

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:07 pm
Well there is no reason why such discussions *have* to be rancourous, but its nearly Christmas Day so lets leave it there :)
Yes, have a restful, festive and happy Christmas
by Martin Benjamin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12651

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I think its reasonably "objective" to observe that this country is near the top of quite a few virus "league tables". (ones you wouldn't want to be high up in, I mean) That's not the point Jon made (similar to something Mick Norris wrote) and to which I was replying, which essentially was about how...
by Martin Benjamin
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12651

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I really doubt it would make any difference who was PM - it's a difficult situation and people will make mistakes. The sheer apologist complacency of that pile of twaddle. You can see what difference it would have made by looking all round the world (other than the US obviously). Almost anyone woul...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

The amount of cheating on chess.com is becoming comical. I have been awarded between 4 and 16 points on nine separate occasions in the last fortnight alone because "recent opponents have violated our Fair Play policy", and my rating has descended from 2100 in April to about 1700 now (not that I care...
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

I was very disappointed to hear from a good friend of mine that lichess had restricted his activity because of "violations" which they will not specify. Good news, as my friend reports: LiChess have said that they are constantly improving their cheating detection s/w, but that in my case it flagged...
by Martin Benjamin
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

I was very disappointed to hear from a good friend of mine that lichess had restricted his activity because of "violations" which they will not specify. Good news, as my friend reports: LiChess have said that they are constantly improving their cheating detection s/w, but that in my case it flagged...
by Martin Benjamin
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

I was very disappointed to hear from a good friend of mine that lichess had restricted his activity because of "violations" which they will not specify. Are you able to tell us any more about what you mean by "restricted"? No rated games, unable to join tournaments or receive challenges. Maybe some...
by Martin Benjamin
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

It's rendered slightly differently in the novel , by the way. Stok rolled the cigar across his mouth and said, "Buyer watch out," a couple of times. I just drank the lemon tea and said nothing. Stok ambled across to the chessboard on the side-table, his leather coat creaking like a windjammer. "Are...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2040
Views: 175004

Re: Cheating in chess

I was very disappointed to hear from a good friend of mine that lichess had restricted his activity because of "violations" which they will not specify. My friend is honest and I know he would not cheat. Like me, he plays some online blitz for fun, and has not played any serious chess online. I also...
by Martin Benjamin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nick Mitchem 1973-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1755

Re: Nick Mitchem 1973-2020

Richard says it all perfectly. It is a tribute to Nick's courage that he carried on playing chess online as if nothing was wrong, and never made a fuss. Rest in peace, Nick.
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1679

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

An unfortunate mouseslip for Kasparov against Caruana in round 4. Strange to explain as mouse slip, though. What was the intended move if it was a mouse slip? The only explanation is clicking on the wrong piece (queen rather than bishop), dragging it accidentally and then letting go of it. That wou...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1679

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

Are the players allowed to see the other games? In 960 especially, it might be worth sacrificing a few minutes to see how others are handling the early opening. In OTB chess, an arbiter would take steps to prevent this happening if he/she saw a player copying another game.
by Martin Benjamin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 267
Views: 10966

Re: Pedants United

It niggles me when people (especially in writing) use "prevaricate" as a synonym for "procrastinate". "Snuck" instead of "sneaked" has snuck/sneaked its way into everyday use, also to my annoyance.
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute
Replies: 12
Views: 1603

Re: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute

India appealing against the result in the final because of the disconnection. Given the Armenia result in the semi-final, hard to see India's appeal getting anywhere.