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by John McKenna
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

My thanks to Paul C for his informative reply. The exchange here between Paul C and JT Melsom is giving a welcome insight to online goings-on. Interesting that the old way of rustling up ECF memberships via the organisers is mooted. There could (already) be a number of players who have never played ...
by John McKenna
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV

Always good to see vigorous and meaningful debate on the forum. (I am serious about that.) Don't want to appear to take a side here so what folliws is not meant to be aimed at anyone in particular. "There are alternatives, finding a way to give organisers money for example." I don't quite get the sp...
by John McKenna
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Same position, different assessment

Whatever this thread purports to be it's not "science". Who has claimed that it is? Do you really not know? Nor even hazard a guess? In the interminable "Cheating in chess" thread the original poster in this thread has asked for Prof. Ken Regan's cheat-detection s/w to be subjected to standards of ...
by John McKenna
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Same position, different assessment

I've seen similar instances of this before, involving transpositions, but their occurring in this way makes it particularly easy to illustrate. If evidence of the Ken Regan and similar programs was ever to be subjected to a determined attempt in a court of law to discredit it, this inconsistency of...
by John McKenna
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Same position, different assessment

Whatever this thread purports to be it's not "science".
by John McKenna
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 11913

Re: Pedants United

Sunday night on her regular LBC Radio slot the stumbling (when it comes to public speaking) sister of the UK's mumbling Prime Minister came up with -

"People are waiting for Joe Biden to pull the cat out of the bag."

Have public schools and Oxbridge been dumbing down?
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 76
Views: 6751

Re: H.E.Atkins

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:52 pm
Is this the same Topic as the one which is at the top of the Chess History Category?
Don't think so.

This is an old General Chat thread originally titled "H.E.Atkins" and started 10th Jan. 2011.

The one in Chess History is a recent one - started 13th Jan. 2021 and titled "H E Atkins".
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 76
Views: 6751

Re: H.E.Atkins

In terms of natural ability and training a sub 4 mile must to this day be in the same ballpark of difficulty as becoming a GM. Maybe a bit higher than GM even, if we benchmark the best middle distance runner in 1954 to the best chess player, Smyslov. I did not remember this thread and am surprised ...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uzbekistan On The Rise?
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Uzbekistan On The Rise?

" I've heard of at least one intrepid English player who has played chess in Uzbekistan. I doubt that you meant me, but I did play in the 7th Agzamov Memorial in 2013. I had the name Yeo in the back of my mind, but could only recall Gareth Harley-Yeo. Apologies for that. Having accepted a draw in a...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Magnus Carlsen : 60 Memorable Games
Replies: 14
Views: 803

Re: Magnus Carlsen : 60 Memorable Games

May be relevant, spotted on Nigel Short's twitter feed: https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/status/1350497662651555841?s=20 Nigel Short @nigelshortchess 16 Jan Great game by @MagnusCarlsen ! Sod the computer evaluation. We are not automatons. Which game is he referring to, does anyone know? (Apolog...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uzbekistan On The Rise?
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Uzbekistan On The Rise?

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:15 pm
I saw FM Nodirbek Abdusattorov in action in Reykjavik a coupe of years ago (and Nihal Sarin.) They both seemed very promising players.
That masterly understatement deserved an emoticon, Kevin.

Nodirbek is now 17 years young and a GM with a 2600+ rating!

Nihal Sarin something similar I suppose.
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Miroslav Tosic
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: GM Miroslav Tosic

That's all more than good enough for me, Simon.
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uzbekistan On The Rise?
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Uzbekistan On The Rise?

"In addition, several annual chess competitions and events are established starting from the year 2021: International Chess Tournament for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent) Agzamov (the first Grandmaster from Uzbekistan) Memorial Tournament (Tashkent)..." (See above...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Miroslav Tosic
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: GM Miroslav Tosic

There was a lengthy article in The Telegraph in the UK on 18th March 2007 about Miroslav Tosic and how he met his wife over a chessboard in a simul.
It's titled " I looked into his eyes and he made his move."
(Simon Rogers)
by John McKenna
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88095

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"The 8 key upcoming dates in Britain's 2021 COVID battle..."

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/eight-key-dat ... 41055.html