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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Since the first chess algorithm was written by Alan Turing in the 1950's, the chess computers have relied on calculation to improve their strength as the computers got faster. Until Alpha Zero, they also had to use the rules their programmers taught them. So they would calculate ahead and then chec...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jamboree Pairings
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Jamboree Pairings

The term "Hutton pairings" rang a vague bell. A Google search unearthed this material on the ECF site https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/roundRobinPairings.pdf Without proof, I'd suspect that was written by Stewart Rueben. Jamboree pairings have a long history, old BCF yearbo...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress
Replies: 5
Views: 741

25th 4NCL Weekend Congress

The dates and venue for this have been announced.

It's on the weekend of 10th to 12th July at the Wychwood Park Hotel, Crewe.
http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_25.htm

I think that's a venue previously used for Division 3 North.

Any thoughts or local recommendations?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3488

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

My guess is that all Chinese citizens means all Chinese citizens. There is a real foundation for the ban, so the other players might object to a breach. Statement by FIDE. https://www.fide.com/news/369 It appears the Russian ban only applied to the wrong kind of visa. This ban does NOT affect offic...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3488

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Breaking news that Russia is suspending all Chinese citizens from entry starting 20 February as a temporary anti-virus measure. Which would set up a test case for how much influence the FIDE president and the major sponsor have with the Russian authorities. In extremis, perhaps a re-enactment of Fi...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 261
Views: 24578

Re: Why did he did so?

What is the point of 38.Re7+ in: [Event "Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/2R3p1/p7/5P1p/4k2P/r5P1/6K1/8 w - - 0 38"] You might have to ask Magnus! At a guess it's to do with nudging the King out of the zone where it can catch the a pawn. But there may be some deeply ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Briish Championship Congress 2021

It appears Blackpool is a possible venue. From https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Minutes-of-the-135th-Board-Meeting-of-the-English-Chess-Federation-V1-2.pdf Following discussions with Guaranteed Events AE has visited Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool as a potential venue fo...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Minutes
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Re: Board Minutes

Adam Raoof wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:24 am
Where is this money being spent?
I suppose it's the usual places.

The costs of the Battle office
International teams
British Championships

Adding to the expenditure would be Women's chess and the costs of rebuilding grading for monthly updates.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Minutes
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Re: Board Minutes

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:42 pm
Some interesting content.
The ECF appears to be running out of money again
The British Championship had made a higher than expected loss of £9.5k. Overall the ECF had made a loss of £67k compared with a forecast loss of £50k.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7850

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

I do know a player who has an insulin pump, so he has to explain to opponents that it might go "beep" occasionally. Obviously, he can't switch that off. Luckily, everybody has just accepted this. Possibly the same player, or a different one with an equivalent problem, but an intermittent beep was a...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7850

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

If the author's opinion is correct it would be illegal for me to have my car keys with me while playing. One might hope that if an arbiter in the UK tried it on by claiming that car keys or a battery powered watch was a banned electronic device, it would trigger a mass walk out. But maybe they have...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Three South 2019-20
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

Re: Division Three South 2019-20

A short game from today's Round 5. First to finish in Division 3. Event "4NCL Wessex B v Crowthorne 1"] [Site "Maidenhead"] [Date "2020.02.08"] [Round "5.5"] [White "Johnson,DR"] [Black "de Coverly, RD"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B20"] [Remark "board 5"] 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.a3 e5 5.axb4 Bxb4 6....
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1417

Re: Knight Pair

Some openings like the Exchange Spanish are more likely to give rise to a position with two Knights against two Bishops. Another such opening is the Tchigorin Defence to the Queens Gambit where characteristic ideas are Bg4xf3 and Bb4xc3. My game with Liam Varnam at the Isle of Man British was an exa...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Memories of Tony Miles
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: Memories of Tony Miles

I think a couple of corrections are necessary about Tony's academic record. Although in his teenage years, he was travelling the country playing in tournaments as Hort recalls, he was still at school. He would have taken A Levels with a decent results as I believe he was in the frame to apply to Oxf...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 24
Views: 2313

Re: January Grades are out

Now it seems that what happened in in the latest grading is that the software looked back to the previous period (to get at least 30 games) and included the games with a corrected date of January 1st 2019 which (in many cases) would have been unnecessary. The system was supposedly changed a few yea...