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by John Hodgson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3132
Views: 345089

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: 4739

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: 3132
Views: 345089

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: 4006

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: 4833

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: 1242

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: 8520

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. ...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16364

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

That, I think, is to do with the change in the calculation method brought in along with 6 month grading lists, confusingly at the same time as the regrading exercise. They now stop counting back when they get to 30 whereas previously they used all of your previous years results, weighted. That intr...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LONDON LEAGUE
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: LONDON LEAGUE

The AGM did vote to change the adjournment rules, as explained above. However, the new rules around nominations and board order are not as described. The AGM voted to make the board order discretion 15 grading points, and the team nomination discretion 10 grading points. I have confirmed this with t...
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2013 Final Stage
Replies: 425
Views: 32935

Re: 2013 Final Stage

Jonathan Rogers wrote:I should think the heat did affect the quality of play in the Open and Minor sections. Very hard to see a publishable game from the top ten boards from the Open.
I think you will just have to publish your own win then, notwithstanding the heat it was played under.
by John Hodgson
Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2013 Final Stage
Replies: 425
Views: 32935

Re: 2013 Final Stage

A much nicer venue, in general, so well done, although if it is used again I would like to assure the organisers that the Open and Minor teams are not too proud to slum it with the hoi polloi in the air-conditioned main room... :shock: In many ways the venue was very good. The problem was that the ...
by John Hodgson
Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Story
Replies: 107
Views: 17042

Re: My Story

In Britain there IS NO PLACE FOR FEMALE PLAYERS WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR PLACE and stick to a lowly status - success and endeavour is kicked in the teeth when women and young people attempt something new and fresh - the old boy network doesn't care for it. Nor in Australian politics. I'm still fuming ...
by John Hodgson
Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fide title devaluation
Replies: 50
Views: 6277

Re: Fide title devaluation

This has been partly covered in another thread. I see you post from Sweden. We have a problem with grade inflation in the UK, which is used by politicians to demonstrate how their policies are improving the education system. When I got my 1st in 1978 not so many students had one, now everyone has. P...
by John Hodgson
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Child Genius - the representation of chess
Replies: 113
Views: 14265

Re: Child Genius - the representation of chess

Although, Peter junior has done enough to show that he is extremely talented. I would like to see you and the Williams sort this out because I do think that Chess is an innocent bystander in this milking of the situation for lack of a better expression. Peter senior is a talented coach also. I'd li...
by John Hodgson
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players not thinking about the team
Replies: 17
Views: 2643

Re: Players not thinking about the team

Short draws can't damage both teams (can they?) Last year Essex played Leicestershire in the Minor Counties. I was playing Mark Hebden on Board 1 - and hence an almost certain loss - and the rest of the match was fairly balanced. I was losing and the rest of the team were taking draws such that at o...