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by Joey Stewart
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: UK Citizenship Test
Replies: 39
Views: 2004

Re: UK Citizenship Test

I am quite familiar with these tests as my wife had to do them and agree that the knowledge the home office considers to be 'common' is generally pretty atrocious. Those questions posted here are actually some of the better ones - I have seen rubbish about obscure Scottish clans, Irish landmarks in ...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The next world champion?
Replies: 16
Views: 1511

Re: The next world champion?

It kind of needs to be someone who hasn't grown up playing tournaments and coming second to Magnus their entire career, as most of his age group fear him and tend to play worse in matches as a consequence. I would guess Alireza Firouzja will become world champion one day - he's 13 years younger then...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fritz, Chessbase and the rest
Replies: 16
Views: 1031

Re: Fritz, Chessbase and the rest

In terms of engines there is really little need to think about - just about all the popular ones are astronomically strong in comparison to human players so unless you are planning to enter correspondence tournaments you can just pick anything you like and know it will give you perfect evaluation. I...
by Joey Stewart
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184763

Re: Cheating in chess

I have opened up many new accounts, gone from 1200-2200 in a day and never ever had any issues with being banned or accused so there is obviously more to it then the sites simply deciding a handful of won games are sufficient to convict. Flagging users up that fast would almost indicate to me that t...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1077

Re: Demis Hassabis

They are quite different games for white, even though they both feature a side giving up the bishop pair for a positional advantage. With the exchange ruy white has a very simple plan to attempt to swap everything off and win the endgame whereas with that French line black has more chances then just...
by Joey Stewart
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184763

Re: Cheating in chess

I just feel like this "well we might make a mistake so best to just do nothing" attitude only emboldens the cheaters if they know their crimes can remain anonymous.
by Joey Stewart
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting a CM Title
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Re: Getting a CM Title

Thanks for the help both of you.
by Joey Stewart
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting a CM Title
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Getting a CM Title

What with the lockdown pushing us to mainly play chess online, I figured it might be worth paying the fide blood money to get this title as it seems to command some level of respect (and apparently free membership) on the bigger chess sites. I am sure we have many CM (or better) players around the f...
by Joey Stewart
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8126

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

I would probably err on the side of No when it comes to suitability for younger children - The sex and swearing might be "mild" by modern standards and possibly more liberal parents might think it is within acceptable boundaries but the drug and alcohol addiction angle is a pretty major part of the ...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4212
Views: 457690

Re: Media comments on chess

Nick Grey wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:48 pm
further down the news that Yorkshire ripper has died.
Every cloud...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184763

Re: Cheating in chess

Genuine 1300s have no place beating genuine 2100s - either they are using assistance or they are a 2000+ level player who has deliberately engineered their rating low in order to win more grade limited prizes so by hook or by crook they still end up guilty. I play tournaments on chess.com which are ...
by Joey Stewart
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8126

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

It's a really great game by both sides, and the embellishments they added improve things even further - I'm sure ivanchuck would have been proud that his have was chosen.
by Joey Stewart
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8126

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

It's possible Netflix might sell it on dvd but it's not like the old days where you would have a set route of cinema - sky - video shop - TV. Netflix has such a huge wealth of content anyway you'll find the price of admission easily worth the money, and if you look for discount codes you'll more the...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184763

Re: Cheating in chess

No other devices or people in the room is not that easy to achieve in a household setting - it would mean online chess becomes more of an elite thing where only those who are single or rich enough to have an entire room of their house dedicated to tournament chess could play. Still, if it stops the ...
by Joey Stewart
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5341

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

They do seem to require you to be very tuned into the way of thinking of whoever wrote the clues, especially in this case where half the clue can simply be ignored. The cryptic conventions do take a bit of getting used to. However, every word should count for something in a good clue, so none shoul...