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by Ian Thompson
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: JM Soesan Coincidence
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: JM Soesan Coincidence

Neville Twitchell wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:01 am
Joe Soesan was defnitely an Ilford player and a leading light of the club for several years .... He must have left the club at some point when he moved and latterly played for a midlands club.
I played him twice in 1981. His club was Cobham then.
by Ian Thompson
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: Fat Fritz 2

ChessBase has found someone who's willing to write an article claiming Fat Fritz 2 is better than Stockfish, primarily based on the author's assessment of one position. He appears to be exclusively a correspondence chess player. No FIDE rating and no USCF rated games for 30 years. One comment he mad...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1340

Re: Levon Aronian statement

If it was down to me I'd say that to represent a country at anything you'd have to have that country's nationality. Living there wouldn't be enough. That would give an advantage to people with multiple nationalities. It would, but I'm not suggesting that such people could freely switch between who ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Burn Out -how to detect it?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: Burn Out -how to detect it?

followed by a final game in December which has put me off completely because I think it's very likely I lost to a computer cheat. That really shouldn't be a reason not to play ( if you want to ). Most of your games will not be against cheats. It won't put me off playing casual online blitz if I eve...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Burn Out -how to detect it?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: Burn Out -how to detect it?

Its one reason why I have hardly ever played online chess. Me too! (Or more precisely, why I stopped playing online chess after nearly getting addicted some 10 or so years ago.) Me too. I stopped in April 2011 for the same reason. Lockdown caused me to play again last year between May and September...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1340

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Nick Burrows wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:53 pm
What are the pros?
That an Armenian player who wouldn't have got in their national team now will?

If it was down to me I'd say that to represent a country at anything you'd have to have that country's nationality. Living there wouldn't be enough.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Adrian Hollis (02-viii-1940 26-ii-2013)
Replies: 19
Views: 433

Re: Remembering CGM Adrian Hollis (02-viii-1940 26-ii-2013)

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:34 pm
I would like to have seen the Hollis v Moiseyev game. I wonder if it is available.
It is available. On its own it doesn't tell me much because, if Hollis saw the possibility of the sacrifice that was played, it's not obvious what he overlooked after that.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Is this a fortress?

I think Matthew is right. You can get to a position something like this by liquidating the queenside pawns. [FEN "5B2/8/8/3pk1p1/b2p2P1/3PbP2/2P1K3/8 w - - 0 24"] White is in zugzwang and can't prevent both ... Bxc2 and ... Kf4. If White gives up the c2-pawn, then Black can aim for this position. [F...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

One of the considerations if there is 4NCL otb chess played over the summer is ECF membership. If 4NCL restarts in the summer prospective team players will not want to cough up an extra £39.00 for two or three games at gold membership levels. I recall that in 4NCL On-Line Season 2 anyone who played...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: Master List

The masterlist in its old form is no longer available. While I don't know exactly what you are using it for, there are a number of ways of extracting data here: https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/help/help_api.php I note that the link says "It also allows the download of complete ratings lists equival...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1713
Views: 98217

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The Telegraph says going abroad much before June to play won't be possible. Foreign holidays will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest as a review is conducted into the safety of reopening borders. Anyone wondering whether or not to risk booking a trip to Reykjavik on 22 May needn't bother a...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: Fat Fritz 2

As a consumer I would have appreciated an approach that ... explained the tangible differences caused by the different nets (for instance by discussing some differences in evaluation between different positions) My guess is that there aren't any, and, even if there were, who's to say which evaluati...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

It also seems inevitable that the planned league restructuring to 12 teams in Division One in 2021-22, 12 teams in Division Two in 2022-3 and Division Three being split into Midland, North & South regional leagues will need to be put back by at least one season. If Nick Burrows prediction of decima...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How would a game against yourself go?
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: How would a game against yourself go?

I don't know of any easy was of searching for this, other than putting in a possible position and seeing what the results are.

I got to move 10, but only because I played something as Black I'd prepared for a particular opponent and don't normally play as Black.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5257

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Agreed, difficult decisions ahead for those in the 4NCL. The last correspondence to captains presented two options; a 2020-21 season as normal or completing 2019-20 in March-May 2021. As neither of these will now happen we shall have to wait and see if they try to complete 2019-20 over the summer o...