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by NickFaulks
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1665

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:17 pm
I've never been able to concentrate at all with online chess.
I find I can sometimes manage it for six minutes.
by NickFaulks
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1665

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Having said all the above, chess clubs do offer a chance for people to get out and socialise and for different generations to mix. It's not just that. Online chess is great for blitz, but not much use for full length games against people you don't know. Aside from the fact that your opponent is pos...
by NickFaulks
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 261
Views: 38071

Re: Cheating in chess

FIDE's anti cheating efforts need two targets. A point I made repeatedly when I was on the original Anti-Cheating Committee. Unfortunately, computer cheating was the hot topic about which FIDE felt they needed to look as if they were doing something, and there was no enthusiasm for anything else. T...
by NickFaulks
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 18
Views: 1138

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

I don't see how it could be: an attack against all being the same as an attack on one. So if I shout to the world, "all members of [ choose your population group ] are [ choose your term of abuse ], that's fine. Whereas if I say to an individual "you are a member of [ that population group ], so yo...
by NickFaulks
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 18
Views: 1138

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

Michael Farthing wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:18 pm
I faced such abuse from, as I recall, an Egyptian
Those Egyptian Brexiteers are everywhere.
by NickFaulks
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 261
Views: 38071

Re: Cheating in chess

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:59 pm
I believe that's where the device was stored.
So he played in a chess tournament with a tv remote control in his underpants. Come on, haven't we all done that?
by NickFaulks
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 261
Views: 38071

Re: Cheating in chess

https://ajedrezporandaluz.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/pata-negra-en-el-bali.html "but when asked about a suspicious lump in the crotch was put something more suspicious but he himself agreed to remove the device and show it by saying that it was the control of the TV." Is something lost in the translati...
by NickFaulks
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8396

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Interesting change for next year Press release
"The rest of the tour roster will be selected on the basis of URS ratings at January 1, 2018 and average classical FIDE ratings in 2017."

Whatever you think of URS ratings, what is the point of averaging FIDE ratings?
by NickFaulks
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8396

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:49 pm
A load of old garbage from Magnus but I do feel sorry for him. He must be more under the weather than we thought.
Yeah, right.
by NickFaulks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8396

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

It's looking like Magnus thinks he can play anything against Mickey and get away with it. Although it would be a privilege to play Magnus, I would find his habit of fiddling with discarded pieces an irritation. Sadky, Mickey losing looked a fairly safe bet from when he didn't nail down the draw on ...
by NickFaulks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 799

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

I will be surprised if any further contributions are published in the new week beginning Dec. 11th. It seems strange that these letters assert a view that I think we all ( aside from the Deep Mind team ) would have found completely reasonable until a week ago, but has now been shown to be quite wro...
by NickFaulks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8396

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Well, 1 f4 is an unusual Grinders’ Choice
Reverse Dutch is pretty solid, if you're confident that Black won't try 1...e5.
by NickFaulks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 799

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

Out of the opening computers do not access a database of every known game, they calculate and number crunch without the baggage humans have. Every middle game position is fresh to them. That is true for traditional programs, but for Alpha Zero it is precisely false. Without its memory, it has nothi...
by NickFaulks
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 799

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

Ian Thompson wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:04 am
We don't know (do we?) how it evaluates positions.
I think the simple version is that it sees how similar positions ( defining "similar" sounds like the tricky bit ) have turned out in previous experiments.
by NickFaulks
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 799

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?
Yes he is, except that I might disagree with his assumption that memory is not a skill.