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by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2129
Views: 88478

Re: The English Language

But how can attack spend itself out? As well as the alternatives given by Roger, other ways of saying the same thing would be "You see how quickly White's attack has petered out" or "You see how quickly White's attack has come to an end". I'm not totally convinced by Roger's explanation that "spent...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017

Brian Towers wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:26 pm
He is more or less right though, isn't he? It's not whole games that players memorise so much as patterns and short sequences of moves.
That's what players do. I assume his letter has been prompted by AlphaZero. We don't know (do we?) how it evaluates positions.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of chess
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Laws of chess

Similarly, I read a bit ago about a new chess rule that a player loses if his mobile phone (USA: cellphone) rings during play, but I cannot find that expressed literally in the rules. That's because the rules prohibit all electronic devices unless with permission and switched off, not just phones. ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigners...
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Resigners...

I read somewhere (I think it was The Chess Scene by Levy and Reuben but may be wrong) that sometimes when players fail to resign in an absolutely hopeless position it's because they are trying to get over the shock of losing. I'm sure that is true. Another reason would be if a crowd of vultures has...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2186

Re: To grade or not to grade

If a player (or his captain) had claimed a win by default through his opponent not having made his first move within the specified time the game should never have been played, except as a graded friendly. That would be an unusual, and I think undesirable, modification to the FIDE Laws. Law 6.7.1 sa...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 212
Views: 9082

Re: Why did he did so?

Would someone please explain to me the elements of this combination( theme, motif, etc)? White's a piece up and needs to find a move that saves the rook on c7 and stops Black drawing by 1... Qd2+ 2.Kb2 Qb4+, as well as the observations made by Roger. You've only given half the combination showing t...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37667

Re: Cheating in chess

4 players convicted in Italy ... the 52-year-old Russian grandmaster Igor Naumkin (who lives in Italy) was suspended for six months ... I wish to make clear that the hard fought game I had against Mr. Naumkin in Italy in 2003 was a properly played game with no inducements offered or accepted by eit...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Mr Barden's Guardian Article
Replies: 94
Views: 6669

Re: Mr Barden's Guardian Article

Sigh; it seems that Leonard has neglected his research again. South Wales Dragons have not been renamed and had a one player import as the article suggest but have merged with another squad. I think you're reading things into the article it doesn't say or imply. Whilst it would have been clearer if...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence
Replies: 34
Views: 1732

Re: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:41 pm
Gareth T Ellis wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:55 am

Modern digitals display which control period the player is in.
How many players know what to look for and where to look?
How many players have so little idea of how much time they've used that they would need to look?
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 85
Views: 5922

Re: What do I do?

Am I administrating the club or managing it? In English, calling yourself the Club Manager would suggest you are in charge and running it. Calling yourself the Club Administrator would suggest a role with less authority where someone else may be deciding how the club is run and you are doing what t...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2129
Views: 88478

Re: The English Language

What is the linguistic difference between an Instructor and a trainer? I'd say that training implies actually doing the activity, whilst instructing just means teaching someone, without necessarily doing the activity. According to the BBC : Instructor In British English, an instructor teaches you o...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 3200

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

I have upgraded to his latest software and enabled autoplay let me know if users prefer that on or off please. I'd say leave it on. Clicking on a move turns it off, so anyone who doesn't want it on can easily do this. Once it's off though, I don't see any way of turning it back on again, short of r...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence
Replies: 34
Views: 1732

Re: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence

Either one or both players insisted on using the antiquated time control with adjournment (and the option of an adjudication) at the end of the first playing session. If it's the league I suspect it is, that may not be true. It could be adjudication as a result of the rule which says "If neither pl...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence
Replies: 34
Views: 1732

Re: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence

I would have assumed that a sealed move is a completed move. It's just that the other player doesn't know what it is. If my opponent announced that he was claiming a draw because he had written down a move that created a three-fold repetition I would think it rather odd that he hadn't said so at th...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 97
Views: 8255

Re: London chess-FIDE open

If the "form" is the entry form for the tournament, your address in Iran. It's so the organisers can send stuff through the post, but they probably wouldn't bother for overseas players. I suspect he means a visa application form, or similar, which wants to know where he'll be staying whilst in the ...