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by JustinHorton
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 54
Views: 3925

Re: Membership Renewal

I have renewed my membership - a slightly confusing business, as it happens, not least because the system doesn't accept my bank details until I change my location from Spain, where I am, to United Kingdom, where I am not. I've had fun with this kind of thing before. (Also, I find I have set up a di...
by JustinHorton
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 261
Views: 16674

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The metro in Prague does not go to the airport
by JustinHorton
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article
Replies: 17
Views: 812

Re: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article

IanCalvert wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:15 pm
I think the Holowczak piece deserves wide debate hence this comment.
I had some criticisms.

Tim Spanton wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:23 pm
You say 'cheats' - some on this forum might say 'honesty-challenged'
Nobody has, of course, or anything like it
by JustinHorton
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 261
Views: 16674

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Complaining about arbitrary numbers restrictions is like complaining about arbitrary speed limits. If the resources existed to properly police the restrictions and the measures weren't temporary and improvised, it would be different. But they're not, and it isn't.
by JustinHorton
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rupert van der Linden
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Rupert van der Linden

Roland Kensdale wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:55 pm

Also 3 of his drawings for New in Chess here towards bottom of page: https://kenyachessmasala.com/2015/05/th ... onias.html
There's some good stuff on that page
by JustinHorton
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Chess Junior Squad launches £500 Tournament
Replies: 100
Views: 3981

Re: World Chess Junior Squad launches £500 Tournament

Charlie Storey wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:39 am
Please do come and visit our Malta International Chess Centre due to open end of July!
So tomorrow's the big day, yes?
by JustinHorton
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 261
Views: 16674

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

What we certainly can't do is to open everything out at once. That's what I don't get. If people are allowed to go out at all, then they will go out. If their first choice is playing chess but that is banned, they will go to a pub or restaurant instead. I don't think this is true across the board. ...
by JustinHorton
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 261
Views: 16674

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I mean, "we-are-doomed fanatics". How crass do you have to be to write something like that and think it's funny?
by JustinHorton
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 261
Views: 16674

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Careful does it - favouring a (so-called) quick return to OTB chess is not a popular position with the we-are-doomed fanatics on this forum You could do with being a lot less flippant about human life and concern for human life than you are. The people who are dead were real people and are really d...
by JustinHorton
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 47
Views: 5822

Re: Health benefits of brain games

A more important question is should chess players pay any attention whatsoever to whatever finds its way into mass media, especially when the corporation in question has a proven track record of harbouring paedophiles for decades. Being an academic at heart, my natural reflex was to think someone's...
by JustinHorton
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117410

Re: Cheating in chess

On the Facebook posting I mentioned here , somebody called Wolff King Morrow comments as follows: I remember 10 years ago playing a game on chess-dot-com where I used an opening book (which was totally legal) in a cc game. As soon as my opponent broke book, he blundered on the spot and I jumped on i...
by JustinHorton
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117410

Re: Cheating in chess

Jacob Ward wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:22 am
- it's just an illustration that information available to the platforms other than the moves can be highly probative.
How sure are you of that
by JustinHorton
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117410

Re: Cheating in chess

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:47 pm
Roger,
Let me give a silly example,
You have a player who plays 60 moves in 2 games and 80% match stockfish' first choice
Would you flag them?
You'd absolutely need to see the moves before even thinking about it, wouldn't you?
by JustinHorton
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117410

Re: Cheating in chess

John, There is no cheat detection system (to my knowledge) which takes account of the opponent's rating. Lichess and Chess.com would not normally know your OTB rating so that wouldn't be a factor (except they would check out the OTB rating before banning a titled player). In short ratings are reall...
by JustinHorton
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117410

Re: Cheating in chess

The case of Sr. Palomar is indeed interesting and it does show that Lichess does on occasion reverse flagging. I am not clear in this case whether 1. Lichess got it wrong 2. Sr. Palmar made a big fuss and reinstating the account was the path of least resistance 3. Sr. Palmar provided evidence that ...