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by Matt Fletcher
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30144

Re: Batumi Olympiad

It's been pointed out on Twitter that board 35 sees IBCA take on ICCD - has that pairing come up many times before? I'm also genuinely interested to know how it works logistically as presumably announcing moves wouldn't work particularly well? From Facebook: Alex Holowczak 1 hr · An Olympiad first ...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30144

Re: Batumi Olympiad

It's been pointed out on Twitter that board 35 sees IBCA take on ICCD - has that pairing come up many times before? I'm also genuinely interested to know how it works logistically as presumably announcing moves wouldn't work particularly well?
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30144

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Oh, 26...Bb1! (possibility in Howell's game). Threatening ...Rxf3 as well as promotion. Quelle computeresque. 26...Rxe6 27.Rxe6 Qxe6 was also possible and perhaps more human (28.Qxe6 Rae8 followed by Re1) EDIT: added position and variations [Event "Sutovsky-Howell"] [Result "*"] [Variant "From Posi...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30144

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Magnus wasn't impressed with 31.b4 in McShane's game, thought he should have played for two results with 31.Red1. (via Chess24 on Twitter)
Turned out well for Luke in the end though!
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

I had a couple of goes previously at working out a best (linear) fit converting actual ECF grades to FIDE ratings. In 2014, FIDE = 7.5xECF + 675 was (close to) the best fit In 2017, it was FIDE = 7.5xECF + 640 As you can see from the graph I put together in 2014, you do get oddities both ways, acros...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Two annotated games
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Two annotated games

And here's game 2: Here is the second game (following comments on Manx Liberty, possible new overlords): Their games are online, of course. Here is, perhaps, an important novelty from GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras, or so I thought, until I later discovered that it had recently been played elsewhere: R...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Two annotated games
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Two annotated games

Nice games! Here's game 1 with the position alongside the text - all you need to do is put the FEN for the relevant position inside <pos> tags (and you can get the FEN from the PGN by clicking on the b8 square) I have allowed myself to become distracted of late, writing on the 4NCL for CHESS. So muc...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu May 31, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2691
Views: 111925

Re: The English Language

Soheil Hooshdaran wrote: What does it mean for Black to rip open the White King ? It is not a normal chess term, but it probably means Black attacks the White King. To 'rip open' is also suggestive of the pawns in front of the King being taken away (perhaps, though not necessarily, via a sacrifice?...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 23055

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

There's lots of noisy places in London to choose from :lol: maybe St Pancras, Kings Cross or Waterloo would do it Funny you should mention that - the year I played in it (and presumably other years), the Times Schools final was held in Charing Cross Hotel which backs directly onto the station. The ...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 23055

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

From the chessbase coverage https://en.chessbase.com/post/candidates-opening-and-round-1-live Once again citing the specious YouGov survey data from 2012, as a basis for setting expectations of viewership, Merenzon says the goal is to reach 20-30 million people who will follow the Candidates in Ber...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 23055

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Also Karjarkin and Mamedyarov, to a question about the venue: Actually, I don't like almost anything in the organisation of the tournament. I don't like (the) hotel, I don't like (the) venue, and also it was a few times very noisy during the game I agree with Sergei half to half. I think the hotel i...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 23055

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Exciting games, but not a good start for the organisers - when I looked there were only around 300 watching the (free) official stream - I guess it may have picked up later on - followed by this from Grischuk in the post-match interview, when asked what he thought about the start of the tournament: ...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 254
Views: 18446

Re: Why did he did so?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:04 am
What would happen if Kg2?
Unlike the alternatives, Qh4 defends the d8 square. So I think you play 2...Re6 after 2.Kg2 - and there's no need to worry about Qd8+.
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Chess.com
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: Chess.com

Users at the various sites try to equate ratings every so often. This is the latest one I'm aware of from chess.com There's not huge amounts of data behind it (clicking through, it's based on responses from around 100 users) but it looks like a rule of thumb of chess.com rating = FIDE rating isn't m...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Computer Go
Replies: 152
Views: 10052

Re: Computer Go

Peter, I think it did start playing random moves, but I'm not convinced that this is drawish. Agree it would be interesting to see some early games if they're stored! I also think they do mention the number of games per step - the report says 'mini-batches of 4,096'. So if my maths is right, it self...