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by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 17
Views: 1466

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Alan Turing created a ‘computer’, Turochamp; The fact that it could play chess at a reasonable level was both surprising and revolutionary. That has basically formed the basis of all computing ever since. Alpha Go and Alpha Zero have a new approach which is undoubtedly much more successful at winnin...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry congress
Replies: 14
Views: 1226

Re: Coventry congress

Strange tournament with quite a few uncharacteristic mistakes from the top players. Of no doubt though, the player who played the best won. Well done to Alan.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1503

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

Whilst not being an insider on the machinations of FIDE it seems pretty clear to me what is going on here. Kirsan wanted to fundamentally change chess, so that the aim was to capture/take off the opponent's king. You may agree with that or you may not, but it is perfectly logical and it would certai...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The main difference between the Reti and the English?
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: The main difference between the Reti and the English?

Well the English is 1. C4 and the Reti is 1. Nf3 d5. 2. C4. If in the English Black intended to play d5 (after say e6 or c6) and White intended to play Nf3 then the two lines would lead to the same thing. The Reti simply takes out some possibilities for both sides.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 29906

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

OK, well that was a bit random :shock:
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 29906

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Move 15 and I don't think things are going well for So at all.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 29906

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

I'll go for MVL and So. Aronian seems a bit hit and miss and that ought to catch him out eventually.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peter Poobalasingam
Replies: 27
Views: 8549

Re: Peter Poobalasingam

Many thanks to everyone who attended yesterday. It was obviously a very difficult occasion for all of us, but there were some great reminiscences and anecdotes and hopefully the attendance from all corners of the chess community will show Pamela and Bala just how much Peter meant to us all.
by Matthew Turner
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 29906

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Surely it cannot be true?

chess24.com‏ @chess24com · 2m2 minutes ago

chess24.com Retweeted RCF

Wow, Russian Chess Federation saying Kovalyov was punished for not following the dress code! #FIDEWorldCup #c24live
by Matthew Turner
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Chess Traveller
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Re: The Chess Traveller

He might well be the chap with this grading code 143344B
At 140, or so, he is a reasonable player, but it looks like he didn't get the opportunity to play that much, perhaps because he was penniless?
I think I'd be open-minded on this one.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2259
Views: 244395

Re: Media comments on chess

There is a picture of a chess player on the BBC sport homepage. I'll leave you to read the story and see if you can work out why :oops:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport
by Matthew Turner
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The case for scrapping "Player of the Year"
Replies: 15
Views: 1870

Re: The case for scrapping "Player of the Year"

I don't think the award should be scrapped, because it is a good way of focusing attention on the successes of the previous year. I am not terribly bothered who wins.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 5920

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

Chess Scotland seems to have a perfectly good system for selecting a player of the year. Players are nominated, a shortlist drawn up. Members are E-mailed. We vote (once!!). The person who gets the most votes wins. There is no set criteria, so I've voted for Alex MacFarlane, Neil Berry and Jonathan ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 225
Views: 8645

Re: General Election 2017

Predicting a hung parliament before the election just gone was relatively easy. Predicting the result of a new election in the next few months is much harder. I disagree. Labour did better than most people expected for three reason 1. The Tories had a poor leader 2. The Tory manifesto was awful 3. ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 225
Views: 8645

Re: General Election 2017

Predicting a hung parliament before the election just gone was relatively easy. Predicting the result of a new election in the next few months is much harder. I disagree. Labour did better than most people expected for three reason 1. The Tories had a poor leader 2. The Tory manifesto was awful 3. ...