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by MikeTasker
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kasparov and the machine -BBC documentary
Replies: 0
Views: 674

Kasparov and the machine -BBC documentary

Noticed this on the BBC Iplayer Some seasonal chess viewing (though it is up for nine months). Storyville - Kasparov and the Machine 'Man battles machine in the story of the chess master's controversial matches against IBM's Deep Blue computer. No one thought chess-playing computers would ever defea...
by MikeTasker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Angela Eagle games
Replies: 27
Views: 4847

Re: Angela Eagle games

The second game is from the same tournament (and section!) as Davids games,1978 Liverpool Congress Major btw.
by MikeTasker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Angela Eagle games
Replies: 27
Views: 4847

Re: Angela Eagle games

I have 3 games against Maria,but none against Angela. The 1st game I gave away a knight for no reason, not very interesting. The 2nd a sensible Colle [Event "Liverpool junior congress"] [Date "1978.3.??"] [Round "5"] [White "Eagle M"] [Black "Tasker M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 e6 3. Bd3 b...
by MikeTasker
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vaping
Replies: 31
Views: 3942

Re: Vaping

I'd agree with those statements,but saying 'vaping is harmful' alone is not too helpful. It can be argued that just about anything can be harmful even playing chess!
I agree vaping should not be allowed in the playing area.
by MikeTasker
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vaping
Replies: 31
Views: 3942

Re: Vaping

People think that because these things consist of vegetable oils they are safe. This is incorrect,the main component of the liquid used (eliquid) is either Proplylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycol(+nicotine and flavouring) which are technically alcohols.Both have been used for a long time in items suc...
by MikeTasker
Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16814

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

On sober reflection I suspect I'm talking nonsense about raising the absolute level of randomness. You can cluster a bad/nice set of results on the edge of your grading window whenever that falls :) You can use this effect to lock in a high grade. If you notice say your last 10 games from the previ...
by MikeTasker
Tue May 07, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 3 2012-13
Replies: 21
Views: 4264

Re: Division 3 2012-13

Perhaps another way to do the tie break for a swiss tournament, is to sum the opponents grades, or the average grade of the teams played. This seems to deal with one side playing stronger opponents.There is still the original question of what to do when some of the teams have withdrawn when calulati...
by MikeTasker
Tue May 07, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 3 2012-13
Replies: 21
Views: 4264

Re: Division 3 2012-13

OK, I assumed it was game points. Yes it is unclear what happens if a team(s) used to make the
sum of opponents match points has withdrawn, maybe the average of the opponents match points with the withdrawn teams removed, very confusing!
by MikeTasker
Mon May 06, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 3 2012-13
Replies: 21
Views: 4264

Re: Division 3 2012-13

Hackney have been playing for several years, but managed to keep a more stable side this year.
The table does not seem to be ordered by game points,according to it Guildford 3 have more GP
than Brown Jack and should come 4th and be promoted.
by MikeTasker
Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 34264

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Thor Heyerdahl, Roald Amundsen , Edvard Grieg, Tomas Munch, Gro Harlem Bruntland, Gro Harlem Bruntland can you hear me ? your boy took a hell of a beating!!! ;) any one remember that football commentator rubbing it in when Norway beat England? Joking apart what a topsy turvy days chess. best of Luc...
by MikeTasker
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 34264

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

I can understand the rigorous body checks before being allowed in the playing hall, but is it true that mobile phones (even switched off) are not allowed? I think phones and valuables are kept in some sort of store box in the cloakroom, but don't lose the key as I did, as they charge £5 for a repl...
by MikeTasker
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 34264

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Went along today and got good value for the £20 with all games being long fighting draws (exept Svidler-Gelfand maybe which could of gone on longer but was still interesting). The commentary area was surprisingly informal,almost like an analysis area at a weekend tournament. There are about 10 tabl...
by MikeTasker
Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 34264

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Gelfand struggling earlier today.
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by MikeTasker
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: That awkward moment at the chess board when...
Replies: 41
Views: 4575

Re: That awkward moment at the chess board when...

This reminds me of a story told by Jonathan Hawkins in an internet interview, which I can't find at the moment. Two club players reach the following position, [SetUp "1"] [FEN "1KR5/P5r1/1k6/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] White however has only a few seconds left to finish the game and promotes the pawn, as ...
by MikeTasker
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and vaping
Replies: 21
Views: 6188

Re: Chess and vaping

There was an item on "The One Show" last night about "vaping", where they got reaction to people "vaping" in a cafe. Many bystanders were agitated by it, the electronic cigarette glowed ocasionally and the users exhaled fumes, so it looked at first glance like an ordinary cigarette, except as one p...