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by Angus French
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 144
Views: 7694

Re: Computer Go

Am only basing this on the Twitter comments such as this one: https://twitter.com/esotericpig/status/938353364827381760 While impressive, seems like a PR stunt and a disrespectful slap in the face to the Stockfish developers. How can you compare TPUs to CPUs/GPUs? Hardware was skewed. And w/o an op...
by Angus French
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 144
Views: 7694

Re: Computer Go

(despite the hardware being different) It would be interesting to know more about this. I have to admit that I am hunting for some reason why this shocking development is not quite as it appears. There's a paper which says AlphaZero was evaluating 80K positions a second while Stockfish was looking ...
by Angus French
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2193

Re: To grade or not to grade

My view FWIW: - if the players consent to play then the game should be graded; - the captains of the players - if not the players themselves - really ought to know the rules. Thus player B should have the choice: claim the game and don't play it else don't claim the game and play it. Alternatively, ...
by Angus French
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18349

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:34 pm
Also here with the preceding moves: http://en.chessbase.com/post/fide-grand ... lorca-live
Thanks.
by Angus French
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18349

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

The Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix has just started... Am I missing something or is ChessBomb (in addition to Chess24) not covering the event? Presumably scared off by Agon? You can see the boards at https://worldchess.com/gp2017/ . Or maybe they don't wish to lend support (if that's the way the...
by Angus French
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18349

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

The Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix has just started... Am I missing something or is ChessBomb (in addition to Chess24) not covering the event?
by Angus French
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 73
Views: 3885

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

The $2 million question is who will turn up and will they make it through Riyadh airport passport check. Also what the dress code will be for female players and whether they will be allowed to hire a car to drive themselves should they so wish. Women are now allowed to drive cars in Saudi Arabia . ...
by Angus French
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: PGN and POS
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: PGN and POS

Fantastic work, Paolo.
by Angus French
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Squads for European Team Championships
Replies: 136
Views: 8478

Re: Squads for European Team Championships

Good result for Scotland, but I do have to say that the idea of their being notably out rated by the Faroe islands.... It's probably been asked before but are the Faroe Islands the strongest chess nation per capita? Wikipedia gives the country's population as 50,030 (April 2017) and in the current ...
by Angus French
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Squads for European Team Championships
Replies: 136
Views: 8478

Re: Squads for European Team Championships

and Nigel maybe has to be careful. (Boards 2 & 3 drawn.)
by Angus French
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ now agree)
Replies: 43
Views: 4461

Re: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ think otherwise)

Radio 4 News at 10:00 had a story that the European Court of Justice has ruled that Bridge is *not* a sport since a sport must have a non-negligible physical element.
by Angus French
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

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

I played that year and remember travelling on a small propeller-propelled plane from Southampton which swayed violently when coming in to land. Angus, you're no doubt thinking of a Britten Norman Islander or Trislander operated by Aurigny. In terms of numbers produced, the most successful British c...
by Angus French
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 54
Views: 2349

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

I wonder how much DGT2010s and 3000s cost to manufacturer. I suspect it's a fraction of what they currently sell for.

An interesting design/coding project would be to create a clock based on a Raspberry Pi Zero or some such. Maybe an inexpensive kit could be developed...
by Angus French
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

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

30 years ago the tournament was shaken by the arrival of the great storm the night before Round 1, before the storm headed north to England. Wind speeds were higher than on the mainland, but the island was soon up and running. I played that year and remember travelling on a small propeller-propelle...
by Angus French
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4631

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Such a straightforward meeting would have been unthinkable two years ago. Why would that be? And is it a good thing? Apply thought before answering Possibly relevant to David's question. Possibly not. I made it that there were 34 attendees of the meeting including, I think, two non-voting officers....