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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and the Holocaust
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Chess and the Holocaust

Some chess pieces and boards feature in a 'Children in the Holocaust' exhibition: https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/children/index.asp#toys-games-books Summary page here for those and other chess artefacts: https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/bearing-witness/chess.asp Preserved in ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5346

Re: July 2020 grades

Brian says below that they: "expect to turn off the Clarke system database after publishing the August list". The grading database has lots of historical data that I suspect lots of people would want to still access or at least download a copy of. Is the intention to archive and/or keep the database...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5346

Re: July 2020 grades

I have managed a career best as well! Though 175E means that it is only based on a few games - to be precise, 16 games over the past three seasons (+6 =3 -7). Helped immensely by a win in my last game this season, on 13 February 2020 the month before lockdown started! I am wondering when I will get ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3624
Views: 397583

Re: Media comments on chess

Spotted in an advert, and wondered if anyone here is familiar with the salt and pepper mills from a company called Millstone Mills: https://millstonemills.com/product-category/products/mills-grinders/ As you can see, made in the shape of chess pieces. https://millstonemills.com/about-us/ In 1989 Mil...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun May 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lord Ebbisham and F St J Steadman
Replies: 16
Views: 3522

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: 3624
Views: 397583

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: 2246

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: 2246

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: 3624
Views: 397583

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: 40
Views: 2671

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: 825
Views: 37622

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: 7092

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: 25440

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: 356
Views: 23367

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: 1626

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.