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by JustinHorton
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 14
Views: 656

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

I think a lot of people who experienced it back then might suggest that racist abuse was common: its earning a clipped ear, less so.
by JustinHorton
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 14
Views: 656

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

Are the comments reported still visible? I can't find them myself, although I have located the account.
by JustinHorton
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

....and so it came to pass...
by JustinHorton
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

It's not the first time he's basically chucked a game away in frustration rather than reconcile himself to having squandered an advantage.

Nepo v MVL to be drawn at an early stage today, leaving Caruana to try and beat Mickey to catch up at the top?
by JustinHorton
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Does that put MVL back in the lead in the Tour?
by JustinHorton
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2122
Views: 227551

Re: Media comments on chess

The Spanish commentator on the Portuguese League game between Boavista and Sporting Lisbon informs me that I am watching "una partida de ajedrez".
by JustinHorton
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Thanks for the clarification, David. I'm glad I'm not a 'spectator on site'. I would not want to spend hundreds of pounds travelling down to the big smoke to watch this stodgy fare. I thought it was good chess yesterday, for what it's worth. (Had to break off for guests just when Carlsen and Adams ...
by JustinHorton
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Robots and chess: Letter to 'The Times' 8 Dec. 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 789

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

Also, pattern recognition may occasionally betray us but by and large it is an enormously important part of our chess strength.
by JustinHorton
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

0:00 in So-Aronian, but I wouldn't be at all surprised by a result.
by JustinHorton
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Oh as I recall there's very good reasons, it's to provide friendlier session times according to whether it's the weekend or the working week. Probably a good idea, to be honest: it just catches me out a bit because it's not the normal arrangement, and I have an irregular work pattern which means I d...
by JustinHorton
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 8002

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

I'm less bothered by the draws than I am about the kick-off time bouncing around.
by JustinHorton
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and cricket
Replies: 13
Views: 1332

Re: Chess and cricket

harrylamb wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:50 pm
I believe that he also played First team county cricket. I am not sure which county he played for but he was from Nottinghamshire. So he may well have played for them.
No record of that here
by JustinHorton
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2122
Views: 227551

Re: Media comments on chess

Tania Sachdev was on BBC Asian Netowrk today (towards the end of this show).
by JustinHorton
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 144
Views: 7726

Re: Computer Go

I trust people saw that one of the authors was Dharshan Kumaran?

I certainly think we should move the last chunk of this thread. I'm not sure I'd want to lose the Alpha Zero stuff among everything else on the thread: it has huge implications and perhaps should stand alone.
by JustinHorton
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 37
Views: 2889

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

He is reported to be an "avid chess fan", any more evidence for this than what is usually the case with public figures (ie fairly sparse)? This has come up before https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=8197 It's known that he attended St Pauls, a school that was big in chess in his era. Also in...