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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 71
Views: 4538

Re: London chess-FIDE open

A woman is filling the form for me and say it Needs the address and phone number of the place of residence, what shall I do? If the "form" is the entry form for the tournament, your address in Iran. It's so the organisers can send stuff through the post, but they probably wouldn't bother ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe Congress ..
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Crewe Congress ..

The critical position, it seems, is after 27.Rb5 Bd8?? which is a failure to rise to the occasion - 27... a6! would have put the question to both players. I certainly missed 27. .. a6 until an engine found it for me after the game. It goes on to suggest that I take the Knight on a5 and then give up...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe Congress ..
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Crewe Congress ..

[Event "Crewe Major"] [Site "Crewe"] [Date "2017.10.15"] The Open was using duplicate scoresheets. Are the games likely to be published? The chess-results server could be used, given its capacity to store pgns. Here's my first ever win against Mike Surtees. For once I ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

I really don't like time controls being determined by what the clock can handle. Fact of life though. The FIDE 90 30 standard was originally going to be something like 40 moves in 75 minutes with an extra 15 added and 30 second increments from move 41. The 1990s Mk1 DGT wasn't able to handle this. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

Another significant difference is that the 3000 tells you which session you are in. I consider that a big plus. For playing hours of four hours or less, you should probably scrap intermediate time controls and only have one session. That way you avoid the grey area where the clock doesn't properly ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2017/2018 Season
Replies: 67
Views: 6124

Re: 2017/2018 Season

What happened to Slough? Ben Purton took over the management of the squad and renamed it first to Slough Sharks and then Sambuca Sharks. A merger with Grantham followed to create today's Grantham Sharks. He also uses the name "Sons of Anarchy" for the rapidplay squad (this year's winners)
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2017/2018 Season
Replies: 67
Views: 6124

Re: 2017/2018 Season

Which teams have been around the longest in the 4NCL? Barbican were there from the beginning, but took a break in the third season when the BCF tried to set up a rival league. The initial 6 from 1993-94 were Invicta Knights Maidstone Barbican Covent Garden Slough North West Eagles Bristol Bristol (...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2074
Views: 223327

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote: 'Breaking the stalemate'?


Dictionaries give two meanings to this, one being where it is used as an alternative to "deadlock" and the other as the technical chess term.

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/stalemate
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

I have to agreed with Alan here, that we need to be looking at for the 4ncl and big british events to used the DGT 3000 They all went digital years ago. There's not a lot to choose between the DGT2010 and DGT3000 other than the display of seconds throughout the game. It's Congresses, Leagues and ot...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 118
Views: 6594

Re: Computer Go

'we machine learned something that's nearly as good as Rybka'...... Agreed, but it would be interesting to see evaluations, particularly of openings which weren't influenced by the prejudices or prior opinions of its programmers. Up to a point contemporary GMs supply this, by playing ideas that eng...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 18
Views: 1047

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

Julie Denning wrote:you're no doubt thinking of a Britten Norman Islander or Trislander operated by Aurigny.


There was also the Short Skyvan, which as its name suggests was styled as a van with wings. They certainly operated to the Isle of Man, whether Guernsey as well, I'm not sure.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

It isn't a good deed at all, if the intention is to establish a monopoly player, destroying competition and harming the supply chain. That would seem the outcome, if not the intention. DGT's near monopoly on digital clocks is challenged by Chinese lookalikes, although doubts have been expressed abo...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16681

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

The last time I costed a major FIDE event, the World Youth, I estimated a cost of £1.3 million to be held in London in 2012. I suppose unlike out of season Greek, Turkish and perhaps other holiday centres, there isn't anywhere in the UK where the difference between what an organiser might pay to bu...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 118
Views: 6594

Re: Computer Go

Surely it would have already been tried. Perhaps not with the same first principles approach. Programmers of chess engines from the very earliest have tried to use evaluation functions of various levels of sophistication and learn openings by look up. I'm aware that there was an engine that confron...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 118
Views: 6594

Re: Computer Go

David Shepherd wrote:with just the rules and 72 hours to work out how to play optimally


You wonder what would happen if you let it loose on chess. Would it agree with Fischer that 1. e4 was "best by test"?

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