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by Adam Ashton
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4247

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I think there's an obsession with accuracy now though. A lot of it stems from computers and all these websites like chessbomb. I said in a video I just filmed that accuracy is a bit of fallacy in chess, because the game is so complex. Look at the london classic fide open lots of horrible blunders g...
by Adam Ashton
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4247

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I'm guessing, by the way, that with the use of computers we could come to some kind of conclusion about the comparative strengths of players today and x years ago, but it'd involve the input and analysis of a very large number of games. The site Chessdb does a weaker form of this, by taking a, pres...
by Adam Ashton
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 7315

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I do think you need to err on the side of caution when it comes to accusations of cheating. False accusations are no small matter in my opinion and I imagine it's is best to report suspicions to arbiters and hope they are caught at some point. At some point though, when results exceed a certain (ext...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 2203

Re: Dominic Cummings

Publishing his losses for no particular reason seems rather bad form to me. I'm not a great admirer of the magazine and am yet to see the latest issue, but at least in principle I can see the point of publishing games of people currently in the public eye who we didn't previously know were players....
by Adam Ashton
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 2203

Re: Dominic Cummings

Lots of clever people like chess but will never dedicate enough time to it to become strong players. Publishing his losses for no particular reason seems rather bad form to me.

Might be a useful contact for the ECF if he retains an interest in the game, hope someone takes note.
by Adam Ashton
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 13605

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I wish you applied this level of scrutiny to your own tournaments rules and regulations. I'm still waiting for the grounds on which you refused to refund my wife the difference in entry fee when she changed from the open to the lower section at Northumberland, since you did not inform her of any su...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 13605

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I have received a reply from Non-Executive Chairman Julian Clissold today. It is breathtaking in its blatant misrepresentation of my complaint, and the way he ignores the Elephant in the Boardroom: That the directors who consider the complaint (or appoint a complaints panel) should not be the same ...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 13345

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Anybody remember this? Well, now Chess.com have picked on me. Why? I have, literally, not the slightest idea, not least because they do not say. I am really very angry about it. Do read about it, here . (And here , here , here and here .) All questions are welcomed. A pgn file is available on reque...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 9743

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Oh this actually starts tomorrow, not much rest for those who played IOM. Looking at the team lists there seem to be quite a few big names missing, could be as good a chance as England are going to get. Best of luck to those playing.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE title hierarchy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1750

Re: FIDE title hierarchy?

Ah yes, the mythical correspondance player who would be really good at otb chess really if he had time and inclination. Of course...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Schools Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2263

Re: European Schools Chess Championship 2019

Five coaches between twenty eight competitors does not strike me as an unreasonable ratio. That goes straight to the top of your five most ridiculous comments in this place The ratio of coaches to players is not, at this point, in question. It's the ratio of player performance to coach value-added ...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 6247

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If the point of the Armageddon is to influence the chess in the main tournament *in a positive way* then they’ve got it back to front. What they should have done is have the Armageddon only after games with a decisive result, a second opportunity for any defeated player, if you like. Eg. Players dr...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3183
Views: 350003

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:37 am
Also note the Shakespeare misquotation
Nit-picking aside, quite a decent article.
by Adam Ashton
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 719
Views: 85400

Re: Cheating in chess

There's no real point in redacting a name when it's patently obvious who it is from the publicly available information. Unless there are legal reasons I'm not at all sure I agree that they shouldn't be named in any case. Surely damage to reputation is a rather deserved consequence of cheating(and p...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 719
Views: 85400

Re: Cheating in chess

Here's another one. Ethics Commission has delivered a light punishment to a Russian GM who has made unsubstantiated accusations on the Internet against a young female player. He has received support from a group of GMs - mostly from Eastern Europe, of course, but it is disappointing to see Jacob Aa...