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by Mike Gunn
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I recall from my time on the ECF board that FIDE would only pay attention to communications from either the FIDE delegate or the President of each affiliated member, so perhaps this is an example of this policy in reverse.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Motivational slogans for chess players
Replies: 22
Views: 5127

Re: Motivational slogans for chess players

The usual version of the story has Nimzowitsch standing on the table and shouting: "Why must I lose to this idiot?" after losing a game to Samisch.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1007

Re: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020

The first year I played over the New Year at Hastings was 96/97 when Jim and I stayed in the same hotel (The Grand). The Grand had an eccentric owner/ proprietor who placed the four chess players staying there at the same table complete with those little paper national flags on sticks that you used ...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?

It's so all players can grumble about having an unequal number of whites and blacks.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31895

Re: 4NCL Online

Here is my post about my two humped distribution of my exam marks: https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10832&p=245701#p245701 . Just coincidentally (during a rather boring section of a Skype meeting yesterday) when catching up with my university emails I found one stating that attempts to...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is sport!?
Replies: 16
Views: 1313

Re: Chess is sport!?

Wasn't Tony Banks (Minister of Sport in the 1st Blair government) just about to declare chess a sport when he was replaced by someone else?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 110
Views: 6768

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Would participants in this Portmeirion chess congress dream of being chased through the streets by large bouncing balls looking like the Covid19 virus?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 26
Views: 1016

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Pocket Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings by Jon Speelman (1981). This will be in my pocket when I set out on my daily walk in a few minutes time. There are lots of single volume (and some multi volume) guides which are not (and don't aim to be) encyclopaedic such as the 4 volumes by John Watson, the 2...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 147
Views: 5926

Re: ECF Online County Championship

A chat room is a good idea.

Kevin, it's a bit like having a team full of Fred Mannings (in his later years).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 147
Views: 5926

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Kevin, it's much worse online. At least in the flesh you can count them and see them playing. You know the late ones are usually late and will probably turn up anyway. Online you wonder whether they all saw that last email or read the instructions properly ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 147
Views: 5926

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Speaking as a captain I found it approximately ten times more stressful and time consuming than organising a team and playing in an OTB county match. I really miss the social aspects, travelling, meeting people and so forth. But it is chess, although not as we know it (and we won our match by 1 poin...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 902
Views: 104670

Re: Cheating in chess

Thibault Duplessis (the founder of Lichess) has explained in a talk available on youtube that they don't actually ban cheaters, they don't allow them to play any more rated games and deliberately pair them against other cheaters. This talk was mentioned either higher up this thread or on another thr...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3099

Re: Harry Golombek games

Screw alignment: because this is the correct way to align one's knights on a chessboard?
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6452

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

As a university teacher I used to plot the distribution of exam marks and I very rarely got a normal distribution. My distributions more commonly resembled a two humped camel with maxima in the mark ranges 40-55 and 70-85. When we fed the marks into university marks system it would calculate mean ma...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 30, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6452

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

If you don’t want to wade your way through all of this I’m basically backing up OP Roger’s points that statistical inference may not work so well when applied to events resulting from human decisions. I wonder if anyone here has read any of the works of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Professor of Risk Engin...