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by NickFaulks
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2587
Views: 210558

Re: Cheating in chess

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:41 pm
"Say you want to catch 'intelligent' cheating by strong players who are occasionally resorting to an engine at critical positions."
Using only statistical means, you can't. Get used to it.

The best hope is that they will become psychologically dependent on such assistance and use it too much.
by NickFaulks
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2587
Views: 210558

Re: Cheating in chess

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:43 am
Players who have bought the book have pointed out that 6...e6 7.Qxa8 Qc7 puts White in severe trouble
and demanded their money back.
by NickFaulks
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 44
Views: 2026

Re: Takeback requests in online games

or perhaps it's just their game, not yours, and how they play it is none of your damned business. Chess.com have always seemed to be on a crusade to make us all play chess their way, and I doubt that is going to change. I believe Tornelo would be more inclined to make changes which reflect what the...
by NickFaulks
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 39
Views: 3433

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:58 pm
...you will not be hearing from me for many many months.
I thought I remembered that. Delighted that it could not have proved to be further from the truth.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2587
Views: 210558

Re: Cheating in chess

Matthew Turner wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:03 pm
Alternatively just use your common sense, do you really believe Lichess are banning 30,000 people a day?
I have absolutely no idea how many people Lichess ban. How would I have?
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2587
Views: 210558

Re: Cheating in chess

Matthew Turner wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:53 pm
This is complete and utter nonsense in all respects
Care to elaborate? It made sense to me.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474002

Re: Media comments on chess

I have to say I was pretty disgusted. I had never heard of Moby but, to be fair to the man, he makes no effort to show himself in a good light. I was amused by “There is a part of me in hindsight that wishes I hadn’t written the book. But then, sales figures indicate that not that many people actua...
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Results of 12th April Junior Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Results of 12th April Junior Tournament

Well done, this looks like a real success.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1335

Re: Events in 2021

Adam Raoof wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:08 am
I asked the ECF....
Did you ask what FIDE would charge the ECF or what the ECF would charge you? There is no reason why they have to be the same.
by NickFaulks
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1335

Re: Events in 2021

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:14 am
Can't you do it as a swiss (they'll still be playing al, but the pairing would be determined each round)?
As a last resort, it is possible to read the Financial Rules. Silly me, why would anyone do that?

https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/Finan ... ations2021

Appendix 2.1. Rating Fees.
by NickFaulks
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18639

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Alan Walton wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:15 pm
There is not a word about Chile predominantly using the Chinese vaccine; whose efficacy is much debated and generally speaking has been overstated
Nor the fact that while "cases" have bounced, deaths haven't.
by NickFaulks
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18639

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Zero COVID is an impossible aim; even NZ and Australia haven’t achieved this; they have just minimised the cases by closing all borders Once they reopen they might have a worse problem because of the lack of immunity. Absolutely right. Perhaps they will be wiped out as native South American tribes ...
by NickFaulks
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18639

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

again now. Let's just hope it doesn't lead to a fourth wave and lockdown in November. And then a fifth and then a sixth and then a seventh... Maybe vaccination won't work as well as we're being told - it wouldn't surprise me at all if we were being lied to about that - but equally I expect they wil...
by NickFaulks
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18639

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Nick Faulks wrote; 'Why would I not prefer to live in a country whose vaccination program has failed? Or is it that other governments, such as the Iranians', are by nature less repressive than ours.' John Moore has cited evidence that the Iranians are more repressive. Then there must be another rea...
by NickFaulks
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18639

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

John Moore wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:16 pm
And the Iranian Government is less repressive than ours.
As you are obviously aware, I never said that. I asked why Iranian citizens are allowed to play chess and we aren't. If you had an answer I assume you would have supplied it.