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by Matt Fletcher
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening
Replies: 19
Views: 1324

Re: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening

Jonathan Bryant and I have played a couple of training games in the Caro-Kann recently. After the first, I looked up top-level games that followed the same line and found this one - by move 14, McShane's opponent had played 7...Qa5, 8...Qa6, 13...Qb6 and finally 14...Qd8 [Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"]...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 158
Views: 23211

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

James - we've never met in person, though from memory we've had a couple of friendly interactions on Twitter relating to my handle (wmiltti) and the coincidence that Jon mentioned up-thread. On your latest post, I don't really gamble, I certainly don't recall ever having a £100 bet with anyone about...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Blindfold endgame visualisation
Replies: 0
Views: 391

Blindfold endgame visualisation

A Twitter friend (Martin Justesen, otherwise known as @saychess1) has just released a book containing 50 endgame positions to solve blindfold. I’ve had a copy to review, he’s clearly spent a lot of time on it - the first few positions are very simple, others are much harder. It’s available on Kindle...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Local Online Leagues
Replies: 33
Views: 3427

Re: Local Online Leagues

Herts are playing a formal-ish 45+15 league on lichess - round 2 was last Tuesday.
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1814

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: 3748

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: 4213
Views: 458005

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: 4213
Views: 458005

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: 16346

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: 1712

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: 51123

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: 1281

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: 379
Views: 29612

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...