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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286886

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:54 am
This is what makes me suspicious about the claim that this was happening in 1978.

It was a book written in 1978. Given that I was there, the claim in the book might be marginally ahead of its time, but it was a logical idea, even if yet to be fully implemented.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286886

Re: Media comments on chess

Isn't this much the same as what is doing? Engines in the 1970s were relatively weak. I'm aware that later in the 1990s some engines were programmed to learn their opening book from previous games. If engines in the 1970s varied their play, that could have been an evasive idea to prevent exploits. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 199
Views: 8166

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

We were discussing recently how quickly league results could be reported. The match result in a Berks League match tonight was reported at 22:12. That's going it a bit, given that it's a notional three hour session with an expected start time of 7:30pm. Perhaps the organiser/match captain/secretary ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286886

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:33 pm
One day when computers have solved chess
we will be left with just one opening.
I think there will be hundreds or thousands. All drawn unless someone changes the stalemate rule.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1419

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:02 am
Curious that they only just saw it
There's a full page ad in the January 2019 edition of Chess.

For that matter, it was centre stage on the bookstall at the London Chess Classic.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 17
Views: 1674

Re: Division One 2018-19

Here's the whole game. You cannot help feeling that White got absolutely nothing from the opening and didn't even manage to create a middle game where it was easy for Black to go wrong. So Black had the Bishop pair and more space. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5 Nd7 4. O-O a6 5. Bxd7 Bxd7 6. c3 g6 7. d4 B...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286886

Re: Media comments on chess

Bridge for a change https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6587431/Champion-bridge-player-72-given-two-year-tournament-ban-threatens-legal-action.html It must be Eastbourne. One of the few recorded instances of violence at or around a chess tournament also took place there. That was the fight over...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 354

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Richard Thursby wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:44 pm
There are two Buzzards in the ECF grading list whom I wonder might be related.
Roger Buzzard died suddenly at a relatively young age. That might be approaching thirty years ago. I don't think his son played much after that,
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 829

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

Well, if the winner is already a Candidate, you pass the baton on to the runner-up, and so on. Like the World Cup, Carlsen might also show up unless specifically excluded. It remains to be seen if there will actually be a Grand Prix for the next cycle as firm announcements have yet to be made. So t...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1851

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

Only because the great majority of games played in England go unreported. I think you should reconsider the "only". The Elo method used by FIDE, unlike most national implementations, only has the hit or miss K=40 for dealing with players whose playing strength now differs considerably from what it ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1851

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

I would rather see more frequent grades and the additional workload tested in that place before roll-out to other chess. For some years, the grading database has been used to generate tables for the Grand Prix. As a consequence, tournament organisers seem to have become used to submitting results w...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 829

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

why is the winner of a Swiss a worthy participant in the Candidates? I thought the theory was to invite as many of the top 100 as agreed to play. The winner of an 11 round Swiss against that class of field is clearly worthy of something. In a universe where international titles worked the same way ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 829

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

What besides novelty is the real objective here? It gives a relatively open slot for a player to qualify for the Candidates. The World Cup does that as well but introduces the randomness of a knock out format. A Candidates determined by match play has the same disadvantage as seen in the World Cham...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1851

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:49 pm
What other arguments are there?
You need to check that everyone has a FIN, or if they don't that they are content to be ENG.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 829

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:10 am
Yes, particularly with only 1 qualifying spot available
When it was 11 round and a similar sized field, the British Championship managed to produce a single winner more often than not. But then there was often just one player a class better than the rest.