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by Alistair Campbell
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Chess and Bees
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Chess and Bees

Neil Graham wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:41 am
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm
"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?
That's correct. All the Tracy brothers (Scott, Virgil, John,
Gordon and Alan) were named after U.S. astronauts.
The Mercury Seven. They featured heavily in the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff" and more tangentially in "Apollo 13"
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6666

Re: Pedants United

Another quibble - the difference between "league" and "division", particularly with regard to sporting competitions. As far as I am concerned, a league is made up of divisions. These divisions may be based on merit or geography (and possibly other criteria that I can't think of). I was comfortable w...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Hugh Flockhart
Replies: 2
Views: 1485

Re: Hugh Flockhart

This was also sad news. I attended Hugh’s funeral remotely back in May; I understand his neighbours came out to line the street as the hearse went by. Hugh was a maths teacher by profession and for many years a head teacher at Lasswade High School, just south of Edinburgh, but still had time to purs...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Derek Coope
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Re: Derek Coope

Many thanks Mark for this tribute – I hadn’t spotted it at the time or I would have replied much sooner. I first met Derek as an opponent from afar – we played a couple of correspondence games many years ago. I’ve a feeling he retired (from work) mid-game and his address changed. Certainly it was a ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020
Replies: 8
Views: 1564

Re: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020

I was also sorry to have heard of this. I played as a team-mate of Jim’s for several years, but didn’t know him well. He never lost his Barra accent but I’ve no idea how long he spent there – it was a surprise to find he had been born elsewhere. He was a keen player and I suspect one who prioritised...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Paul MacDonald
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Re: Paul MacDonald

I’m not alone in being sorry to have heard of this. I played alongside for Paul for a season in Edinburgh before he moved back west. I didn’t get to know him particularly well – I think he was a Celtic fan, but with a Liverpool accent. He was always a friendly face on the circuit – I played him a ha...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6666

Re: Pedants United

Another grammatical offence (one of which this website, or rather the supporting software, appears guilty): times, in particular noon and midnight. 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. (As an aside, I ...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6666

Re: Pedants United

Pronunciation is a different tea-pot of fish, as a German ex-colleague of mine once said, but surely both “d”s in Wednesday are pronounced?! (Note how I avoided the use of an apostrophe to denote a plural). Mismatch of plural nouns with singular verbs (and vice versa) provides fertile ground. MPs (s...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 221
Views: 6666

Re: Pedants United

Now, what about interviewees starting answers with 'So....' This is quite a recent phenomena... :evil: There must be literally millions of other examples. One development I've noticed is for a supposedly business email to start with the overly-friendly "Good morning Alistair" (or equivalent) which ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Superstitions in chess
Replies: 34
Views: 2218

Re: Superstitions in chess

We still toss for colours. I used to train for football on a monday night before chess at the club. 6 seasons with no change of shin pads. I'm tempted to ask if you also wore the shin-pads to the football... I can’t think of many superstitions in chess. A few people like a particular set, or a part...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2259

Re: Cheater or not - what do you think?

For example, I’m not sure what Mr Thomson is saying (with regard to engine matching). PGNSpy analysis is described here - https://github.com/MGleason1/PGN-Spy . With only two "Undecided Positions" (defined as positions where the player's advantage is less than 2 pawns by default) in 3 games, and no...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2259

Re: Cheater or not - what do you think?

if you define an inaccuracy as a move which is more than one 'pawn' worse than the best move (or whatever the definition is) An estimation Interesting. Am I to infer that if I were to drop a Q whilst playing K+Q+R v K then this would not even be classified as an inaccuracy as I would still be winni...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1666
Views: 146087

Re: Cheating in chess

It seems we have several questions here (the answers to which may be unclear despite the attempt of some of the finest minds on the planet to resolve) including: 1. What constitutes cheating? 2. How can cheating be detected? 3. How can such cheating be “proved”? 4. To what extent should the guilty b...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 39
Views: 3553

Re: www.chessgames.com

John can you help? I need to find what I posted in the thread: Garry Kasparov vs Stuart C Conquest (1983) (Stuart won - good game, uncharacteristic tactical blunder by Kasparov.) Sleepless quest No.623 is me looking for the Neil Dickinson position. (read on) It would have been something like; BCM M...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1666
Views: 146087

Re: Cheating in chess

Have any of these platforms tested their anti-cheating measures with in-house tournaments when certain "competitors" are given licence to cheat in one of a variety of ways, to see if they can be detected?