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by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 84
Views: 3993

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I think this is a linguistic issue: the government isn't using the virus directly, so much as exploiting the situation the virus has brought about.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 87
Views: 13771

Re: Minimum Grades

Clyst Vale Community College is in Devon, yes. It's in Broadclyst, a village near Exeter.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Online Club Championships
Replies: 9
Views: 897

Re: National Online Club Championships

The last DCCA team rapidplay had a Sidmouth team made up of four Bacons.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3582
Views: 390913

Re: Media comments on chess

Board games have all sorts of rules to determine who goes first. There are so many such rules, in fact, that it feels like some designers are playing a meta-game where the person who develops the wackiest Start Player rule goes first.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is your favourite film score?
Replies: 38
Views: 4323

Re: What is your favourite film score?

For a non-disney film I'd say Braveheart. But for Disney films I liked the following soundtracks the most: Lion King Pocahontus Tarzan Aladdin Beauty & the Beast Alan Menkin did all those. the last one on the list is probably the best. Surprised to see no Bernard Hermann or John Williams mentions f...
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

FM Nathan Alfred, rated 2209 and last grade 206, is a rabbi.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Disturbing king and queen position
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Disturbing king and queen position

I had a game against Mike Yeo in the 4NCL once that started 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.Qe2 Bf2+ 7.Kd1 Nxc3+ 8.bxc3 Bc5 9.d4 Be7 10.Qe1.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31876

Re: 4NCL Online

John Reyes wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:25 am
the 4ncl is the flagship of british chess
I think the British Championships might take issue with that description.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31876

Re: 4NCL Online

It is, yes. Good example.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31876

Re: 4NCL Online

Be careful with this analysis: five-round tournaments and nine-round tournaments will probably show significantly different numbers when it comes to variation around a TPR.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31876

Re: 4NCL Online

Sigma is the standard deviation of a distribution. If the distribution is Normal, roughly two-thirds of all results will fall within one sigma of the mean, and nineteen-twentieths of all results will fall within two sigmas of it.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter
Replies: 160
Views: 7399

Re: Black (Grandmaster) Lives Matter

That's partly a function of the scheduling of Paignton, mind - its being the first week of the school term results in very few junior entries (the only juniors who entered last year were from Malta).
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tal Combo
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Tal Combo

I think I saw that one in Snatched Opportunities On The Chessboard.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3045

Re: Sexism in chess

Can I politely request we not use females in these discussions? Women is a perfectly good word, let's use that.