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by Matt Fletcher
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1307

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

It’s been done - a couple of years ago - by the Sesse supercomputer

Article

Sesse analysis spreadsheet
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2352

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

An idea that's well worth considering against the Winawer is 4. exd5. A kind of delayed Exchange. I've never played it. Why, as I was recommending the Exchange upthread? Because, in playing 3.Nc3, I need to be prepared for ...Nf6 and indeed dxe4, as well as the Winawer. And that's too much work. I’...
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407546

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes - me too. And this puzzle was more "approachable" than some of the others. Indeed - I find that if their video is 20 minutes or less I can usually solve the puzzle (thought not in 20 minutes!) - if it’s more than half an hour there’s usually no chance, though I have managed a couple of the hard...
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407546

Re: Media comments on chess

Don’t know if anyone else has watched the “Cracking the Cryptic” videos during lockdown - it’s a couple of crossword and Sudoku experts solving puzzles, I find it (surprisingly?) watchable. Their latest is entitled “The puzzle that Carlsen and Nakamura haven’t solved (yet)” ( link ) and it’s a Sudok...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 95
Views: 15132

Re: Minimum Grades

My club (Letchworth and Hitchin) have a member called Jon P Barnes. 20 miles away, playing in the same league, St Albans have Jon A Barnes - they have played each other at least once that I’m aware of, probably more. And they’re both currently graded 147!
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Online Club Championships
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Re: National Online Club Championships

With the event having just ended, I'd like to thank the organising team from Hull for all their hard work. Having organised one or two [smaller] events myself, I can testify to the considerable amount of time and effort involved. It has been really appreciated. Seconded, I really enjoyed the tourna...
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44304

Re: 4NCL Online

Any chance of anybody explaining sigma to the non-scientists Don’t know if I’m going to help or not but I’ll give it a go. As Jack mentioned, sigma refers to the standard deviation - this is basically just a measure of how much a given quantity varies from the average. Taking male height as an exam...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Mr Dodgy Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: Mr Dodgy Invitational

There’s an article (in Swedish) here
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 362
Views: 24631

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Appreciate it’s not exactly the main story right now but a few people have asked me why I’ve still got Nepo as a warm favourite even though MVL beat him in their individual game so wins the first tiebreak. The main difference is that Nepo has 4 Whites to come where MVL has 4 Blacks - the model makes...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 20
Views: 2501

Re: Is This A Record?

I'm by no means a CQL expert, but I have managed to run a search using CQL and a decent-sized database, looking for sequences with a piece other than the king of length 10+ starting before move 10 Most of them are pretty dull multiple repetitions. Of the ones that aren't, here's the best I found: 11...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 2403

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

The topic title reminds me of the old gag, usually told at the expense of actuaries / accountants:

Q: How do you tell the difference between an introvert and an extrovert chess player?

A: The extrovert looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you.
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 28991

Re: End of an era

O.G. Urcan wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:54 am
Another page about Raymond Keene is in the list of "Biographies" at the website of The Mother & Child Foundation: http://www.themotherandchildfoundation. ... iographies
There’s another on Outside In Pathways:
http://outsideinpathways.org/our-board/
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 2850

Re: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg

"Hamburg Grand Prix organisation recipe from @theworldchess: choose the most expensive and nice hotel and the most cheap and unsuitable playing venue. WorldChess making friends with their response ... (“Sorry you lost bro.”) And Nepo hitting back ... (“Fortunately, I’m not your bro, Mr. Golden Stan...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 16963

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:11 pm
He was supposed to be Black, by my reading of the regulations.
Yes, my reading was that he accepts that the colour is correct - his issue seems to be that he asked as he wasn’t sure, but was given the wrong information.
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 16963

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Johan-Sebastian Christiansen thought he was playing White today but actually played Black as he’s taken Wojtaszek’s place in the draw. He managed to get a draw but he’s not impressed with the information he was given...

https://twitter.com/gmjschr/status/1172 ... 74977?s=21