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by Mike Gunn
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 27
Views: 890

Re: How many casual players?

In my view you couldn't introduce compulsory membership without changes to the bye laws which would have to be voted on by Council. Changing to monthly grading could be done without reference to Council, but it would be advisable to consult the graders and local bodies who collect the results and su...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3285

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

From the December ECF newsletter This method of calculation is statistically unsound once the frequency of calculation is such that the number of results in each batch for the majority of players is small. Moving to more frequent grading lists will require us to replace the ECF calculation method w...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Chess Chmpionship.
Replies: 17
Views: 1467

Re: World Chess Chmpionship.

Yes, where the single HIGNFY joke about the event was that chess is boring ...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

If you're looking for excitement in a sporting encounter I think it comes when one side is just ahead and the other side has to try really hard to get back on terms. There is nothing quite so boring as a 0-0 draw in football even when you are watching great individual skills from the players. The tw...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It's just the same as in football where Sam Allardyce teams play a risk-free approach - get all your men behind the ball and hope to win on the break. The objective is to minimise losses - you get plenty of draws and a few wins. In chess you get lots of draws when you have Sam Allardyce type players...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

They think it's all over ...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

If Carlsen and Caruana draw all the remaining games (including the armageddon), could this be the only case where a new world champion wins the title without winning a single game in the final? (Answer: no - Karpov in 1975.)
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

We, 8 not 7.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Googling shows there is more than one Matthew Sadler/ Alpha Zero video (the one I saw was on games 1, 3, 5 and 7). I can’t wait to get home and watch the others.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Check out a great video by Matthew Sadler where he discloses Alpha Zero's evaluations of positions/ games from the WC match.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The players were asked about the noise in press conference after the match. Apparently they could hear voices and the indication is somebody pressed the wrong button so conversations from elsewhere were briefly broadcast into the playing room. Returning to the point about replays I think the point c...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

A slightly more practical version of Christopher's idea: let's suppose you have a prize fund of £100,000. The if the match is drawn 6-6 after 12 games (no tiebreak) you give the players £25,000 each and then later you have a full replay match of 12 games if that is drawn 6-6 the players get £12,500 ...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Alex M's point is a fair one, so you could reschedule the idea as 10 standard play games, 10 rapidplay games (only to be played if no decisive result from standardplay) then (if needed) 10 blitz games and then (finally, if needed) 5 armageddons.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 26
Views: 3495

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Demis H was interviewed yesterday on the official commentary. He said that the best information on Alpha Zero is on their website but there are more academic papers on it due to appear soon. I guess they will focus on the AI, rather than the chess aspects, though.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38821

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Although I prefer the longer format of 24 game matches I can see that it may be difficult to go back to that. My main objection to the current format is that the result of the match can revolve around who gets which colour in the Armageddon game. One way of reducing the random element is to play the...