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by John Hodgson
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Books and openings
Replies: 19
Views: 1328

Re: Books and openings

“I consider it the author’s duty to examine and explain typical middlegame and endgame positions in as much (if not more) detail than the opening stage …This is difficult, because it can involve teaching chess generally rather than a particular opening.” (Jonathan Rowson, ‘Understanding the Grunfeld...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128422

Re: Cheating in chess

- Only those 2 games had a centipawn loss lower than 20. Are they really issuing bans on the evidence of just two games? The theory behind the mathematical statistics used to infer outside assistance from quality of play requires a reasonable amount of evidence to eliminate the alternative hypothes...
by John Hodgson
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128422

Re: Cheating in chess

Reply to John McKenna: Thank you for your comments. On reflection, I think I may have significantly underestimated the skill level of the White player (human or computer) in the game. I was misled because on their own there was nothing unfathomable about any of the White moves - unlike when I analys...
by John Hodgson
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128422

Re: Cheating in chess

"I will be fascinated to hear how in the following 4th round game he managed to achieve the following:- 12 moves of theory, followed by out of the remaining 39 moves, 36 moves are the 1st choice of Stockfish, 2 moves are the 2nd choice and 1 move is the 4th choice." (the comment on the kingrich3 gam...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128422

Re: Cheating in chess

One method of cheating that I have not seen discussed - though with the volume of posts I may have missed it - is cheating by moving the pieces on another board (at a longer time limit, of course). This would be difficult to detect because the moves would still be human rather than computer-generated.
by John Hodgson
Mon May 04, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9652

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

I've pointed out to the county that told me about it (today) that the online version is going to be run by chess.com. Of course the 4NCL is using lichess (as is a mini-league in Essex), and this event is going to use chess.com. For simplicity it would have been good to have had a single platform, b...
by John Hodgson
Mon May 04, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 25620

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Possibly this has been raised elsewhere, but I wondered about this. "Internet chess provider anti-cheating software will be in place, with provider sanctions and rights of appeal (if any) as set out in the provider’s terms and conditions; in the event that a player is banned by the provider any appe...
by John Hodgson
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 3483

Re: New grading conversions

Each ungraded player will be deemed to have drawn with an 1850 graded opponent as an extra result on initial grading. I'll take Brian's word for it that this works well for junior players new to the grading system, but what about (very) strong foreign players who enter the ECF grading system when t...
by John Hodgson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407828

Tinder and ELO Ratings

[It is suggested that] "users are given a 'desirability' rating that determines where they appear in the list of suitors that flashes up on users’ smartphones, with someone judged by Tinder’s algorithms to be highly desirable getting in before someone who is not. "Tinder admitted last week that it u...
by John Hodgson
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 5852

Re: Steve Berry

I also share the condolences expressed above. As my memory of Steve goes back longer than some I will briefly mention a few years in the 1970s (but I do not know the period before that). I first played Steve in Birmingham in the 1970s. At that time he was working for B.H.Wood at the 'Chess' magazine...
by John Hodgson
Wed May 28, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407828

Re: Media comments on chess

The plight of the LibDems was compared to zugzwang today by Sharon Bowles ex-MEP. Whatever move the LibDems play makes their position worse, she said (I was quite impressed by her knowledge). However, in true zugzwang you only lose if you have to make a move. But the LibDems lose even if they stand ...
by John Hodgson
Wed May 14, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League Mega Clash
Replies: 44
Views: 4169

Re: London League Mega Clash

I think that if I ran a London league club with a reasonably strong team that had grown 'organically' and then found we were always only aiming for second place each year I'd get bored, however often I got to play a GM. It may be boring to be competing for second or third place every year, but the ...
by John Hodgson
Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Board Orders
Replies: 58
Views: 5046

Re: Board Orders

And that (or the other way around) is and always been a vastly superior method to all normal rational people Enlighten an irrational grasshopper then, why is it 'vastly superior'? In a league match with even boards and no board-order tie break I don't really see the advantage. It may make opening p...
by John Hodgson
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question about pairing rules for title norm tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 1291

Re: A question about pairing rules for title norm tournament

LawrenceCooper wrote:Entries on the increase, so you should be okay.
Yes. I'm surprised that more players don't enter this tournament. I play every year, and have always found it friendly and well-run.
by John Hodgson
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidentally displacing a piece
Replies: 145
Views: 9030

Re: Accidentally displacing a piece

Giulio, other people's sob stories are boring, and yours is showing all the classic signs as to why this is the case. And - in the realms of mere emotion - I find your whole post tedious too. Why? Because the discussion has thrown up uncertainty about the rules, and the uncertainty is still there. ...