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by Matt Fletcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Two annotated games
Replies: 10
Views: 526

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: 10
Views: 526

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: 2395
Views: 102043

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: 22342

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: 22342

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: 22342

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: 22342

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: 253
Views: 16715

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: 795

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: 9825

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...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2358
Views: 257578

Re: Media comments on chess

It was impressive that he was 11/11 on his "silly learning tasks" until he made the mistake of trying to learn chess! You wonder whether he practised against club players, That might have alerted him to a problem that if you lose a piece to a simple tactic just past the opening, your approach as to...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 14472

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

The World Chess Facebook page is indeed streaming the commentary today for free, so I'll stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. This is what World Chess had to say: @LennartOotes and everyone -- we will show first few days on Facebook live to promote the feature, and on Day 4 it will be a paid ...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2358
Views: 257578

Re: Media comments on chess

An odd tale in the Wall Street Journal and some seriously silly reporting - wasn't sure if it deserved its own thread: "Obsessive learner" spends a month learning chess, develops an algorithm, takes on Magnus Carlsen. Can the novice beat the World Champion? After eight moves, using his own limited c...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6076

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

Did anyone else notice that the scene where Fischer storms out because of Russian collusion (agreeing draws between themselves) was set at the Olympiad? I know there were other glaring inaccuracies, but for some reason that was the one that was the most jarring to me. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLe...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 2811

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

JustinHorton wrote:Isn't Black's 34th a capture, by the way?
I didn't think so - though I could potentially be persuaded.

I think it might just be possible to go a bit further with this (albeit with some speculative intermediate moves) as Black clearly promotes with check on move 49.