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by AustinElliott
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez bag the Nobel Prize for Physics
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez bag the Nobel Prize for Physics

Yes, the Penrose joke could be that Roger may have the Nobel, but he isn't even the senior Professor of mathematical physics in the remarkable Penrose family - that honour belongs to brother Oliver, who is two years older. Fortunately (from a Nobel perspective) British theoretical physicists seem to...
by AustinElliott
Mon May 11, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 3467

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

Re. "How far apart?", there is, I fear, a bit more to it than that. Apart from the direct risk of sitting opposite your opponent for an extended period, and sharing the clock, there's the question of room air and ventilation, plus that bugbear of all chess venues, the sordid toilet - now potentially...
by AustinElliott
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 27222

Re: Worrying times

For those interested in the (ongoing) discussion of mask wearing, there is a very good article in The Atlantic by the excellent science writer Ed Yong which discusses what is, and isn't, currently known.
by AustinElliott
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 27222

Re: Worrying times

bit.ly/39t6PSg This is a video put out by the Czech Ministry of Health saying we should all wear face masks. I have to say that I believed the stories that only the proper ones do any good, but the Czechs don't think so and they seem to be doing quite well. Anyway, I'm going to make one and wear it...
by AustinElliott
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

The "mature' Keres feels more like an introvert/analyser type, though clearly in his pre-WW2 youth he played in a more swashbuckling style than in his latter years. Perhaps his experiences in surviving WW2 and the early post-WW2 Soviet years cured him of optimism. Or possibly just the famous 1941 ga...
by AustinElliott
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 2360

Re: Malta International Open

I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
by AustinElliott
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 18023

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

So that's Radjabov into the Candidates, an impressive comeback for him. I'd forgetten he was still quite so young. Given Ding seems quite likely to qualify for Yekaterinburg on rating, a win for Yu in the semi-final tie-break could likely mean two Chinese players in the Candidates. Though on current...
by AustinElliott
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 51520

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Anyone with any norm chances we should know about going into the final round?
by AustinElliott
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 4542

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

The Irish Chess Union features an interesting biography of James Mason by Jim Hayes... <snip> ...All of which is extremely well researched and argued but I did have a stray thought. It struck me that the name 'John Byrne' might be playfully referred to as "infernally Milesian" since the name "Byrne...
by AustinElliott
Thu May 23, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 3462

Re: Two handed castling

I was recently sat next to a game where a player picked up King and Rook (simultaneously) two-handed intending to castle, upon which his opponent correctly said this was an illegal move... but then insisted this meant the attempted-castle-r had to make a non-castling King move. The opponent, looking...
by AustinElliott
Sat May 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 6100

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

There is, as older forum-ites may recall, a famous chess precedent for breaking a tie with a game of chance . Of course, the feeling that that was rather unsatisfactory may ultimately have helped give us the current multi-stage rapid playoffs... Which in their turn now give us the decisive rapid-gam...
by AustinElliott
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 2477

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

There's also Chorlton's Ron Doney who had the misfortune to try and teach me Probability in 1983/4 A name from my past - he taught me in the 1970s. And, 50 years or so ago, a member of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club Ron was a maths Lecturer at Imperial College in the late 60s/early 70s before he ...
by AustinElliott
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 10238

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with poten...
by AustinElliott
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 5944

Re: Steve Berry

Those are two cracking tactical demolitions for a player with a 'natural positional style' (to quote Keith Arkell above). Though of course the two things aren't mutually exclusive. Both with the Black pieces too.
by AustinElliott
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 2217

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

My problem with today isn’t it was the 12th draw per se. It’s that the game just stopped. Some of the games have been really good. Yes, today's one was very weird - but then I thought: you see this in club/league chess all the time. A game gets complicated, the players are short of time and worried...