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by NickFaulks
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Fischer claimed with justification, if this story is correct , that Soviet players would have prearranged draws.
Has anyone ever actually doubted or denied that?
by NickFaulks
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Nothing conclusive.
Sorry, Geoff. There is absolutely nothing at all.
by NickFaulks
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

But how would Pachman have known about that? He was commenting on a position already visible on the board.
by NickFaulks
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:04 pm
If the story were true, then I would guess it took place at some point prior to move 8.
But those positions have been repeated hundreds of times, with no sign of a big improvement.
by NickFaulks
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Does anybody know, or hazard a guess, at what point in the game the Tal and Pachman conversation took place.
No, difficult to believe it exists.
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior oddity
Replies: 20
Views: 1263

Re: London Junior oddity

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:19 pm
And it certainly didn't favour her early opponents who would, in view of the seeding, very likely have under-estimated her.
In which case they will have learned a valuable lesson, that playing according to your opponent's grade is a very silly thing to do.
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 331
Views: 18174

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

John McMorrow wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:13 pm
Really? I would have thought "thousands of inquiries" is very believable and FIDE have always been very responsive in my experience.
What sorts of things have you asked about?
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2687
Views: 287447

Re: Media comments on chess

Michael Yeo wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:14 am
I think it was earlier, probably 1962
That would have been our first term at school, which I think it wasn't. I'm willing to compromise on something in between.

Thanks for the references. I guessed it was the Scientific American, of which your father was a great proponent.
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8598

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

These are all interesting anecdotes, but unfortunately the grading system proceeds at the pace of the slowest, or at least the 98th centile.
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2687
Views: 287447

Re: Media comments on chess

When I was at school around 1965, a scientifically minded classmate brought in a computer he had built which played noughts and crosses. I seem to remember that it involved matchboxes and Smarties. Starting from scratch, you played games against it and, by learning from its mistakes, before long it ...
by NickFaulks
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 331
Views: 18174

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:06 am
Some trumpet blowing in New FIDE: first 100 days.
"• Thousands of inquiries sent to the FIDE office and management were answered timely and candidly"

That is a remarkable statistic. I wonder what they were about.
by NickFaulks
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Carlsen's 21st consecutive draw in classical chess
Looks a good bet to end that run tomorrow
That was an easy prediction. JvF certainly doesn't mind leading with his chin.
by NickFaulks
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1020

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

Regarding the stars on the flag, forget not that there are 15 nations that I am sure would be happy to provide a replacement. The UK is not nearly as important to the EU as the UK would like to believe it is. I can agree with you that the UK's influence within the EU is nil, and always has been. We...
by NickFaulks
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Carlsen's 21st consecutive draw in classical chess
Looks a good bet to end that run tomorrow, particular if his young opponent perseveres with his party trick of playing all of his moves on less than the increment.
by NickFaulks
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Computers are unreliable for this sort of ending btw, as they frequently give a "plus" to the pawn up player where none really exists. Of course they do, because they are not addressing the question to which you wish to know the answer. If they are a solid pawn up, they will assess the position as ...