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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun May 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lord Ebbisham and F St J Steadman
Replies: 16
Views: 3307

Re: Lord Ebbisham and F St J Steadman

Wow, many thanks for this Martin. That is amazing. Any chance of a photo of the grave? I wonder if there is a way to contact the Chris Steadman that posted in this thread back in May 2016? It was his only post here, and he may not have seen my reply at the time, and will almost certainly be unaware ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat May 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384006

Re: Media comments on chess

Simon, I also think 'Queen of Katwe' is well worth watching.

In a similar vein, there is the NZ film The Dark Horse, which I would also recommend:
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun May 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 18
Views: 2013

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Oh dear, my cover (pun intended) has been blown! Yes, I am a 'sagacious' drapery manager... :D By "worrying" I was trying (poorly) to articulate concern that simplistic newspaper reporting might stoke concern about the wrong things in the wrong area. Though maybe that is more due to the secrecy rath...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 18
Views: 2013

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

AlphaZero was the game-changer as it learned how to play by itself. How this was achieved is serious science and if there are applications in medicine as Kasparov claims, then it is unlikely to concern me. If enough of his thoughts are strung together then it ends up sounding like Sci-Fi. AI is alr...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 01, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384006

Re: Media comments on chess

The article is more pessimistic than that, Stewart. It is unclear what influence (if any) Demis has, or what role he has, though he is described as a 'full participant'. Hopefully his AI (medical data mining and analysis?) angle on things will help. I'll post more in another thread.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 01, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 39
Views: 2068

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Sounds like it would have mostly involved curtains and upholstery, rather than clothes fabrics, but maybe some published sources go into more detail? Might archives held by John Lewis have more for those curious about this?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 311
Views: 16201

Re: 4NCL Online

Quick question: I got an email about the online ECF ratings list, but am not on it as I've not played in any online ECF chess. So what is the deal with this and how does it relate to the "July grades" for those who are not likely to be playing any chess at the moment? (Also, are OTB and online chess...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 6339

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Some interesting points in the 'second' (or third?) life of this thread. Keith, is this the John Hawthorne you are referring to? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hawthorne If you compare that article with the one on Jonathan Rowson (putting aside for the moment any concerns about Wikipedia as a wh...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

Surely they can restart and produce and print imagazines n New Zealand if the demand is there? It is a bit silly, I agree. Does this impact any UK magazines? Does it impact any chess magazines? Are BCM and NiC and CHESS and others I forget still being printed?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21202

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Hmm. Wonder what Magnus Carlsen thinks of this (though right now, the chess world is grieving)? Would Carlsen prefer to face MVL or have the conclusion of this cycle delayed? Of course, the incumbent shouldn't have any influence, but as we have seen before their views can count for a lot.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: WIM Arianne Caoili
Replies: 7
Views: 1449

Re: WIM Arianne Caoili

Obituary from Chessbase has a bit more on her wide-ranging activities and achievements. Terribly tragic news. This was a romance the chess world watched blossom and it has been so cruelly cut short. RIP and condolences to Aronian and her family and friends.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21202

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

So are they all going to be able to get home, will their countries allow them back in?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

The technical terms, I think, are: Case Fatality Rate (CFR) and Infection Fatality Rate (IFR). Not sure what the term is for the adjusted mortality rates.

On the impact of lockdown across Europe, this is an interesting overview:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52025553
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 23921

Re: Worrying times

Interesting anecdotes from Geoff C. and Matt B. though difficult to tell until the antibody testing becomes more widely available (and even then, it will be difficult to be sure when the initial exposure was). I asked this elsewhere, but haven't had a clear answer yet - does anyone know why some peo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21202

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:24 pm
why would ding be a surprise winner?
Fair point. He wouldn't be. I started writing that by thinking that there might be a surprise winner, and then ended up tipping Ding Liren because, erm, he is a very good player! :D (Let's go with Alekseenko for a 'surprise' winner.)