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by Jon Tait
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12536

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

We are dedicated to combating unfair play on our site and we never close accounts lightly - accounts are closed only when we are 100% certain of unfair play. (...) I fully understand your position and wish that I could grant you a second chance account. But according to chess.com policy, You cannot...
by Jon Tait
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 83
Views: 16424

Randomly, I just googled for Brian Eley and got this report about another Brian Eley...

https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/d ... pedophilia
by Jon Tait
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 24
Views: 1970

Re: Game Changer - a review

Yes, it is true that "AlphaZero refuses to play 1.e4 as White..." ( Game Changer ) Stockfish, however, seems not to be averse to playing 1.e4 against AlphaZero. Yes indeed. In that case AlphaZero does play 1...e5. I thought my meaning was clear though: that is, given that I failed to win, how might...
by Jon Tait
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 24
Views: 1970

Re: Game Changer - a review

on this topic, here's my not quite a review review...

https://200opengames.blogspot.com/2019/ ... azero.html
by Jon Tait
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2462

There's a certain amount of scepticism about IQ tests in general but I'll leave this to one side in what follows. If I understand the basis behind these tests correctly, the typical IQ test - which is designed to measure IQs over the range which most commonly occurs in practice - is such that anyon...
by Jon Tait
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2462

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

IQ isn't a figure, it's a percentile in the population spread. On that basis, you might perhaps estimate Carlsen or Kasparov as being in the top 0.1%. Possibly. Maybe. Actual IQ "scores" are meaningless since they depend entirely on the actual test. For instance, in the two main tests for Mensa – th...
by Jon Tait
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Personally I find that not having a mobile phone at all eliminates these issues quite successfully. 8)
by Jon Tait
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:10 pm
There's a discussion somewhere above, but I believe the answer is no, because there's been two defaults and you can't have a seven-round norm.
ah right. shame
by Jon Tait
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Wackiness in Fernández - Palliser. (Incidentally I believe I'm right in thinking Richard's played both the Big Two, so a win for him today could be interesting.) White's opening looks even worse than the sort of rubbish I play. Stockfish has White virtually losing by move four :shock: btw is Richar...
by Jon Tait
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Most pieces on the h-file
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Most pieces on the h-file

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:51 pm
28...Bh8 would certainly have attracted Justin's attention.
similarly...
https://200opengames.blogspot.com/2017/ ... house.html :)
by Jon Tait
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 6703

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Keith Arkell wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:03 pm
You ain't, Jon! I feel both enlightened, and, inadvertently, chastised! ( the latter because my 'and they threw it back' was meant to expose the absurdity of the new language, but instead I'm learning that it is fine).
okay, no worries then :)
by Jon Tait
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 6703

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Thanks, indeed, for sharing your wisdom with me, Jon. You're very welcome :wink: Can I presume it also follows that If I am writing about a gender neutral person called, let's say, Ashley, I can write: 'Simon threw the ball to Ashley, and they threw it back'? That would be correct, yes. It's very c...
by Jon Tait
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Merry Christmas

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by Jon Tait
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 6703

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Without wanting to go into a full explanation vis-à-vis the principles of when and when not to exchange light squared Bishops in the Carlsbad structure, essentially the exchange favours White if he/she has set out his stall to undertake a minority attack, but not if he wants to attack on the King-s...
by Jon Tait
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ian Wells memories
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Re: Ian Wells memories

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:33 am
I've included this game in the Ian Wells collection at BritBase...
I just downloaded that to see if it included his games from Newbury 1974, where he panned me in the last round. But no :(