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by NickFaulks
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128427

Re: Cheating in chess

You can try the statistical analysis that asserts the player wasn't good enough to play the moves made, without external assistance Yes, but in poker the argument is the opposite. The player made "moves" which would, in the absence of external information, lead to his ruin. He was a good enough pla...
by NickFaulks
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128427

Re: Cheating in chess

Unless I am missing something, that it a 1 in 1296 chance. You have frequently said that we shouldn't assume cheating in chess on the basis of similar probabilities (or improbabilities). Sorry David, you are missing the point. The question is, why would anyone voluntarily place a 3-1 bet on a runne...
by NickFaulks
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128427

Re: Cheating in chess

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:04 am
Do you think it’s easier to hide as a poker cheat than a chess cheat?
It must depend upon how you are doing it. The player in the case under discussion doesn't seem to have made any attempt at all to camouflage what he was doing.
by NickFaulks
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128427

Re: Cheating in chess

I know enough about poker to know what this is: repeated success with statistically very dodgy decisions. And the situation is similar to the ones you sometimes get in chess, where a player is playing suspiciously well but there's no physical evidence to corroborate. Yes, except in poker it is clea...
by NickFaulks
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128427

Re: Cheating in chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:13 pm
but one takeaway from the story might be the difficulty of demonstrating cheating to the satisfaction of a court.
Didn't the California court just say that they were not in the business of ruling on poker losses? I wonder whether that would also apply to chess.
by NickFaulks
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board

Ian Thompson wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:54 pm
But lucky to get a draw in the end. The computer's best line from the final position has him losing a pawn and stops with him in a lost rook and pawn ending.
I haven't got time to put it into a proper computer but would be surprised if that's true.
by NickFaulks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 21
Views: 653

Re: Music from the 80s

Seriously, why are we discussing any band other than The Fall?
by NickFaulks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 152
Views: 2983

Re: Pedants United

I was taught (correctly, I believe, which wasn't always the case) that 12 o'clock was either noon or midnight, rather than a.m. or p.m. We were ferried to and from the 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad on charter flights. One of the fights back was timed for 24.00. Even though it did not affect me, I w...
by NickFaulks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43171

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Tim Spanton wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:13 pm
Sir Van in trouble with the BBC:
A wonderful man. I have tickets to see him at the Palladium in November. I would have been there next week but I shall be playing OTB chess - I'm sure he would approve.
by NickFaulks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43171

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:27 pm
No surprise with the following:

Tighter restrictions will come into force in Lancashire, Merseyside, the Midlands and West Yorkshire after significant increases in Covid-19 cases.
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by NickFaulks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1560

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:42 pm
Perhaps something selling a Russian product was expedited by their post office?
I think it must have been. Memory plays tricks, but I don't think it took 2 or 3 weeks.
by NickFaulks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 21
Views: 653

Re: Music from the 80s

:evil: Well the 70s brought us punk...did it give us anything else apart from the beginnings of the new wave of British heavy metal? The start of the 70s was ok, after that it was pretty much a wasteland. I didn't see punk coming, but when it did I was very fortunate to live next door to the Roundho...
by NickFaulks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

It’s been done - a couple of years ago - by the Sesse supercomputer Article Sesse analysis spreadsheet Thanks, how had I never seen that? I have been bleating for some time that it really should exist! I find the spreadsheet more interesting than the chat. The next question is, for the top example,...
by NickFaulks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43171

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Tim Spanton wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:39 am
London, 17 September 2020 – The PPE industry has grown so rapidly it’s now bigger than sandwiches with annual UK revenues exceeding £8.7bn1, analysis by PPE manufacturer ViraxCare reveals.
How long before we all have to keep wearing masks to save the PPE industry?