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by Alan Walton
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 100
Views: 6732

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March. Is this to be expected? Corona virus prematurely kills some people who wouldn't have lived much longer anyway. You then get fewer deaths in the weeks when those people ...
by Alan Walton
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Jackson
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Adrian Jackson

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:56 am
No info - but was he bald? Used to play the Benoni, about 200 strength? Recall playing him a fair bit in my teens.
I remember playing him a lot in the mid/late nineties in local weekenders
by Alan Walton
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 902
Views: 104672

Re: Cheating in chess

I am no expert in the matter (in fact most of us here aren't as well); but the only way, without actually having spyware on your computer, is to use the probability of strong moves made against that expected for the players strength So personally speaking if you want to play online chess you more or...
by Alan Walton
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 902
Views: 104672

Re: Cheating in chess

Aren’t we only speculating here, nobody has seen any evidence If the algorithms/test has been done over multiple games showing a very high correlation of best moves then it is high probability some assistance has occurred I have hovered around 2200 and OTB had one good tournament where I performed a...
by Alan Walton
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lost Boys tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: Lost Boys tournaments

I thought it was in Amsterdam, and in eventually turned in to the ACT tournament; I played the ACT in 2005 & 2006
by Alan Walton
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31895

Re: 4NCL Online

Shouldn’t there be a variable what is the % of players who move up in the brackets; as Roger mentioned I suspect more people move up at the lower levels than higher up

How many 2200 actually make it to 2400, suspect very small; but more 1400 make it to 1600
by Alan Walton
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 74
Views: 4387

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Is the event still continuing on Tuesdays, eg KO quarter-finals are tomorrow evening in div 1? I assume so, but cannot find confirmation via 4NCL website
Isnt the date and link on the front page, under the results table
by Alan Walton
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Forum usage
Replies: 69
Views: 3873

Re: Forum usage

Since I was mentioned earlier, I am a little confused on exactly how I offended Simon I replied back to one of his posts asking for clarification of one of his points (see link for my question/statement) https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10834&p=246231#p246231 The next thing I get is a ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 100
Views: 6732

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

But even so, many children have already died from it. Where are you seeing this data? In the UK only 0.01% of deaths are under 15 year old (about 4) With over 90% of all deaths have pre existing medical conditions; to the majority the disease is inconvenient, but the risk is spreading it to the vul...
by Alan Walton
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The ongoing COVID-19 situation (split from Chess Life Returning to Normal)
Replies: 27
Views: 275

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'd rather save lives if we can. The problem was lockdown came too late. Not enough PPE initially and testing was abandoned. We also had major mass gatherings of Cheltenham Races and the Liverpool v Athletico Madrid football match. The government started with herd immunity. If we abandon lockdown a...
by Alan Walton
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The ongoing COVID-19 situation (split from Chess Life Returning to Normal)
Replies: 27
Views: 275

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'm afraid there is no chance of life returning to normal in the North of England. That's quite a bold statement; I suspect it will return to normal sometime, when is another question Lockdown was never going to last it was just unaffordable economically If we do get a second wave, then it is likel...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter
Replies: 160
Views: 7418

Re: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Eastern European is slightly (?) racist shocker.
Isn’t Avrukh Israeli, not that that has anything to do with his comment
by Alan Walton
Wed May 27, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

There is an argument that if black runs the a pawn you may have to play Nf8 anyway
by Alan Walton
Tue May 26, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Personally looking at the position the knight on e5 cannot move the rook is best placed on d7, therefore what to do with the other knight, after some relatively simple calculations Nf8 becomes obvious Yes, but Black is just screwed, so why not just play Kf3. Would you really get on to thinking abou...
by Alan Walton
Mon May 25, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Personally looking at the position the knight on e5 cannot move the rook is best placed on d7, therefore what to do with the other knight, after some relatively simple calculations Nf8 becomes obvious