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by Richard Bates
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 108
Views: 8904

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

David Robertson wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:45 pm
Very correct. And totally impractical. Who'd want to undertake all this faff just for a game of chess? And it still doesn't eliminate the risks impacting on key at-risk groups. Good try, mes amis, but no cigar
The French, being the French will have a load of rules. And just ignore them.
by Richard Bates
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5782

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Nick Burrows wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:24 pm
Did Harikrishna already play a game? I missed that one
Played against us (Blackthorne Russia)
by Richard Bates
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Jackson
Replies: 6
Views: 1369

Re: Adrian Jackson

No info - but was he bald? Used to play the Benoni, about 200 strength? Recall playing him a fair bit in my teens.
by Richard Bates
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 913
Views: 106208

Re: Cheating in chess

I play games online like that all the time! Playing the role of you opponent. Just substitute the word "brain" for "engine"... Sure. But I would expect you to be able to play to a decent standard. And I would imagine you would have an online rating that would indicate you could play well when brain...
by Richard Bates
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 913
Views: 106208

Re: Cheating in chess

Chess.com writing articles saying they're wonderful doesn't count for much. It's a bit like some of the websites advertising nutritional supplements with great medical claims, endorsed by an "expert". When you search for the "expert", you find they have no science qualifications at all, and all the...
by Richard Bates
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: Jim Macrae 22/05/1936 - 25/05/2020

That’s sad. A regular fixture at the big British events throughout my international playing career from Hastings and (I think) Lloyd’s Bank in the early 90s. Until noticeable by his absence the last few years at Hastings. Of course to me he looked 80 when I was 13 and 80 when I was 38! (when you sta...
by Richard Bates
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 150
Views: 12810

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

It’s simple. Everyone brings their own board (er laptop) and games are played on lichess. At two metre distance.
by Richard Bates
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

So anyway, just to clarify re: Regan tool. If you are still within known theory you can cheat to your heart’s content?!
by Richard Bates
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Forum usage
Replies: 69
Views: 4106

Re: Forum usage

Personally I don’t see any reason why somebody shouldn’t spend time reading very old threads if they find that an interesting way to pass the time. However, if they find a subject that they would like to contribute to (whether “usefully” or otherwise), then I think they should start their own new th...
by Richard Bates
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 147
Views: 6838

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Is the implication of this that if you playing this and lose internet connection for a couple of minutes at any time (hardly an uncommon experience) that you will lose the game? I’m not sure that that makes it an attractive event to play in. Whilst such a situation is fine for casual blitz chess, it...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

We know that in the vast majority of cases the player will be guilty (we can tell that by the variance between online and OTB events) but that shouldn't stop us approaching the evidence with skepticism to give the accused the best possible defence. I dont believe it is in any circumstances a compar...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

I applaud the loyalty for teams who have raised protests where one of their players has been accused of cheating. I have more sympathy for players like Keith Arkell and Danny Gormally, who have been cheated against, where it is accepted to be proven, and where there has been no punishment. I wasn’t...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

Roger, You only get a ban if you play unnaturally well, better than anyone played in the whole of the OTB 4NCL. So the idea that a player could be banned because a parent accessed some analysis from the same IP address is total nonsense. I think that’s just demonstrably false. Please demonstrate th...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

This is what the captain were told at their meeting with a Ken a Regan and does indeed seem to be borne out by the evidence I have seen. Ok. So if we look at the games of any of the banned players, we should be able to see this, am I right? Yes and no. In some cases you will be able to see it, but ...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33736

Re: 4NCL Online

Richard, I mean the Regan method, but it looks like Lichess (and chess.com) very strongly follow the Regan methodology. Does it? Apologies, I perhaps shouldn’t really be engaging without researching a bit further on how exactly the Regan method works but, well, forum privilege. I had somehow got th...