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by Peter Rhodes
Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE rule change: no phones in playing venue AT ALL
Replies: 66
Views: 7336

Re: FIDE rule change: no phones in playing venue AT ALL

Wouldn't it be marvellous if someone could devise and produce a small sealable plastic wrapper. Perhaps it would be made along the lines of the seals that lorry drivers use to seal their goods pallets, wheeled cages and side curtains ? ... and could have imprinted a unique serial number just like lo...
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for a patient coach
Replies: 14
Views: 1909

Re: Looking for a patient coach

Input your game to a personal database good advice - also you might consider annotating your games too - preferably as soon as possible after you play them, so you can capture what kind of thoughts you were making and why you played certain moves. Use an engine to see if there were any really obvio...
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Base Numbers
Replies: 15
Views: 1156

Re: Base Numbers

You can add Crash Dumps and Symmetrix Device ID's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMC_Symmetrix) to your list of practical examples in Hex.
by Peter Rhodes
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.

The trouble is that if the computer hadn't been dismantled and was shown to have been able to find the move unassisted people (who wanted to) would still say, "Yes, but they fiddled it in some way". It becomes a conspiracy theory that no evidence can refute. If the journalists had been allowed entr...
by Peter Rhodes
Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.

I've no idea why they didn't publish the logs at the time, but they have done since so you can check the evidence for yourself: http://www.research.ibm.com/deepblue/watch/html/c.shtml Thanks for the link Michael. Those who accuse Deep Blue of outside assistance are not going to be satisfied with th...
by Peter Rhodes
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.

I don't think anyone is missing that point. Kasparov had been playing some kind of anti-computer strategy which goes some way towards explaining how he "allowed" that position to happen. Of course - with hindsight - his anti-computer strategy may have been a mistake, or possibly he misunderstood how...
by Peter Rhodes
Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Deep Blue v Garry Kasparov - Game 2 Position 36 - 1997.

I think that what has kept this debate alive for so long is that IBM could have rubbished Gary's claims so easily. After the match, they could have allowed Garry (and journalists) into the computer room where Deep Blue was housed and embarassed him by re-creating the position and allowing the Comput...
by Peter Rhodes
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: deferred draw acceptance
Replies: 30
Views: 7410

Re: deferred draw acceptance

I'll continue to repeat this point: Statistically, that's not true at all! If you look at chess events where you have three points for a win, and chess events where you have the normal scoring system, it doesn't make any difference to the percentage of draws. I would like to see these statistics. O...
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership
Replies: 240
Views: 15919

Re: ECF Membership

If the original statement - that a member of the board (implicitly) asked that the thread be started - emanated from the referred to correspondence then surely it is wrong to suggest that it was Andrew Farthing who revealed it? If a misleading claim is made about said correspondence, then i don't s...
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership
Replies: 240
Views: 15919

Re: ECF Membership

None of that of course should get in the way of his constitutional right as a free citizen to have a pop at people like Andrew I think it's wrong to reveal private correspondence in a public domain. Especially when there is such an imbalance of power between the two parties involved. I hadn't reali...
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership
Replies: 240
Views: 15919

Re: ECF Membership

Withdrawn
by Peter Rhodes
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership
Replies: 240
Views: 15919

Re: ECF Membership

Is it professional for an ECF officer to reveal correspondence in such a way ? In answer to Carol's question I am a member by necessity, and like many others would never pay by choice. The primary reason for this is that the ECF fails to recruit and retain the best talent to run it's organisation. H...
by Peter Rhodes
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Luck in chess?
Replies: 26
Views: 2431

Re: Luck in chess?

If I have a bad day at work and arrive at my match exhausted, or I'm failing to sleep properly - that's my opponents good luck. I can understand why the determinists believe that chess is about good moves and bad moves, and nothing else, but I think they fail to take into account how the outside wor...
by Peter Rhodes
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kasparov Talks @ Google.
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

Re: Kasparov Talks @ Google.

The logs have been published for all the games which I think pretty much puts the whole thing to rest.
By logs - we are talking about the list of candidate moves and the engine evaluation of each ?

If that has been published - where can I find a copy ?
by Peter Rhodes
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kasparov Talks @ Google.
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

Re: Kasparov Talks @ Google.

It was pretty unusual for a computer at that time to find a move like f4 in a tournament time limit, and then they took the machine to bits when it would have been so easy to prove Kasparov wrong simply by re-creating the position.