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by Paul McKeown
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on the canals
Replies: 11
Views: 660

Re: Chess on the canals

Done before many times in Amsterdam. Would be delighted to repeat the exercise on the Thames or other English/British canal.
by Paul McKeown
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Some questions arising from "Birth of the Chess Queen"
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Some questions arising from "Birth of the Chess Queen"

I have been doing some long overdue reading, now that the chess teaching and organising calendar lightens during the summer break. A particular pleasure has been the feminist, Marilyn Yalom's, "Birth of the Chess Queen A History", pub. Harper Collins, 2004 (In contrast to David Shenk's, "The Immorta...
by Paul McKeown
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Re: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors

Either we leave on 31/10 or we don't - anything "in between" is an EU win. Surely a greater loss for the UK and a smaller loss for the EU, but losses nevertheless. In this farce played out by the Conservative party, there is no possible win for any party, whatever the outcome. The best outcome is m...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11171

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Absolutely agree, Roger.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11171

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I wouldn't have thought that the 13. Nxf7 sacrifice is a convincing example of computer cheating. It seems obvious that one should think about it, after all. Nxf7, with the rook gone from f8 is a workaday idea. You quickly get two main variations, 14... Kf8 and 14... e6. In the first line the, king ...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 16
Views: 1802

Re: Grade File Checker

Does anybody else have the same problem that I am experiencing? I am running a 64Bit Windows 10 system and when I run my Excel grading file (generated by the League Mgt System) through the grade checker program I keep getting "Error 91 - Object Variable Or With Block Variable Not Set". When I run t...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6830

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

I remember some nonsense on this forum and elsewhere in the past, about how little hardware was used, some of it based on protests by Deepmind that the Google Tensorflow was just GPU class hardware, not supercomputers. Yet here is Google, itself, talking about the new third generation of TPUs: The l...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6830

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

It is a basic tenet of the political class that under no circumstances should any lessons be learned from past experience - the only way forward is to repeat failed policies with redoubled enthusiasm. A perfect description of the Tory's current leadership election: all objective knowledge about Bre...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11171

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Rausis was caught cheating by Laurent Freyd at a tournament in Strasbourg yesterday. It involved a phone in a toilet. There has been triumphant posting on Facebook about the result by Emil Sutovsky and Yuri Garrett. It seems as though Rausis had been on the radar for this for a while, without ever ...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6830

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

And another game of high complexity is conquered by an AI: https://techxplore.com/news/2019-07-ai- ... poker.html

The following academic paper may be of interest: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/ ... y2400.full
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: How do I?

Hi Paul, I frequently change licenses (Chess Scotland, ECF, 4NCL, etc). Other->Install->Display conditions for use->Accept conditions for use and then paste in the code. The only problems I have had are when I forget to do this. As a result one Scottish Championship was apparently run by Alex H!!! ...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: How do I?

Thanks, Michael, that is useful. So, the sharee is expected to go: Other > Install > type in license key Is that true? However, when I try that I get: "The program is still installed." and there is no option to add a new license. Must one instead prefix this with: "Remove user ==> Demo version" to r...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: How do I?

I would suggest that the reason for not sharing information by email is that any editing of the data causes the two databases being different. That might not be a problem if you hand over responsibility entirely to your colleague and do not wish to make furher updates yourself. Having spent many ye...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: How do I?

Some like to have pairing cards at their disposal. One of the bigger points of potential failure is printers, they run out of ink, paper or just sulk. With pairing cards, pairings can be transcribed from the pairing program and published without needing to write them longhand should there be a prin...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: How do I?

Do not ever send them by email. Ask the other user to download a copy directly from Chess Results (show tournament details), and give them your installation code for SM. Then they will be able to create pairings and upload them to Chess Results. If your sharee has issues it is because they have not...