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by Matt Fletcher
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 220
Views: 9748

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: 576

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: 8911

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: 2159
Views: 230781

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: 13646

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: 2159
Views: 230781

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: 5777

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: 2097

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.
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 2097

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

So if you're right, that might give us 29 ... B-B5 30 K-Kt2 P-R4 31 K-R3 P-Kt4 32 K-Kt4 and then the bishop moves, but to where? Based on seeing some 7s and 8s, some possible knight moves and the pawn captures on move 38, I've got the following written down: 32...B-R3 33. Kt-Kt5 ??? 34. Kt-[Q6?] ??...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 2097

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

I was just about to post this which I think is the same as (at least, very similar to) John's analysis above. I'm pretty sure move 24-28 are right - nothing else fits with the length of the moves. Similarly to John, I'm not sure where the black Rook goes on move 22 - also where the black Bishop goes...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12989

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Karjarkin is still the youngest ever GM, at exactly 12 years 7 months. Praggnandhaa was born on 10 August 2005 which I think means he has until 10 March next year to get there - he has the 2500 rating but my understanding is that (if he achieves it) this would be his first norm. [EDIT for incorrect ...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2153
Views: 89499

Re: The English Language

Whaat does 'resspectively' refer to? Studies using clustering algorithms, similarity/dissimilarity measures, and evaluation criteria reviewed in Section 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, respectively , are as italicized. Does it coves just its clause or the whole sentence? It means that section 2.1 reviews studie...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 3001

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Is this grading record him or someone with the same name? http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?file=player&PlayerCode=295297L Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the somewhat unusual name, it is the same person: This was also the debut for former presenter of TV science programmes, Adam Hart-Davis, ...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 32
Views: 8013

Re: Re:

Tim Harding wrote: And in the case of ICCF correspondence tournaments, if the tablebase says there is a forced mate, it is adjudicated a win even if it would take more than 50 moves without pawn move or capture.
That's interesting - seems like TCEC are using the same rules.
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 32
Views: 8013

Re: Lomonosov tablebases

Nick Burrows wrote:Why wasn't it a 50 move draw?
I don't know for sure, but I suspect it's somewhere in the rules of the tournament - ie as soon as you get to a tablebase position, the result is whatever the outcome would be with best play, regardless of move limits.