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by John McKenna
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 67
Views: 2642

Re: Brexit tea leaves

"I was not referring to parties with the word English in their title."

Neither was I, primarily.

Thanks for the clarification, John.

Keep up the good work - much appreciated whenever I peruse the fixture lists, etc, etc.
by John McKenna
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 67
Views: 2642

Re: Brexit tea leaves

This might be controversial but... Had all the English parties been openly Pro-Brexit (and, for the record, I'm not) then I wonder what would have been the outcome of the General Election ? SNIP What follows may also be controversial, but we're on the far side now so what the heck... You, also, don...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4511

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Phil N, you must be talking Skype. Andrew Z, if you think everyone who cheats at chess is only interested in winning money you fail to appreciate that some want to boost their egos more than their bank balance (though they prefer both if poss). Matt B, thanks for those facts, man. Daniel Gormally wr...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4511

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:29 pm
I think the other issue here that people are ignoring is the opponents- who are protecting them?
Are you suggesting that opponents of cheats are colluding in some way - by keeping quiet, for example?

[NB: In the case of players less than 18 y.o. it is better to proceed with kid gloves.]
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4511

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Right. That’s me told again. Let me edit that sentence out as well. I know I shouldn’t be saying anything further, but who in your wider circle is playing like this? I'm happy to learn more about players I may not have heard of. If you've ever attended a Super Blitz Open at the London Classic you'l...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4511

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Good takeback, Matt.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 114
Views: 4511

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Matt B>... I don’t know anybody who can play chess as well and as fast as Declan, and if this is a genuine, amazing, breakthrough talent it should of course be celebrated...<

That's either disingenuous or you need to mingle with a wider circle of chess players.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Go' master quits
Replies: 9
Views: 852

Re: 'Go' master quits

Korean World Champion Go player, Lee Sedol announced his retirement as he has encountered "an entity that cannot be defeated"!

I'm not sure about the translation into that statement and I'd hesitate to call AlphaGo an 'entity' in the complete sense of the word.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 886

Re: A Christmas Quiz

Next you'll be telling everyone that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

Then going on to reveal the secret identities of Superman, the Lone Ranger, Zorro, Spiderman, the Man in the Iron Mask, the Prisoner of Zenda....

Leave some stones unturned, please.
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Development News (ECF website)

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:24 am
Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:43 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:49 pm

You did understand, on posting, that... SNIP
I understand that entirely... SNIP

If you are unhappy with anything I have said please flag it... SNIP
I'm going to flag it to you, Andrew... SNIP
Andrew shoots from the lip, Justin from the hip. (Both are crackshots.)
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3056
Views: 137995

Re: The English Language

A material advantage can often come down (lead) to checkmate.

So just another way of saying the same thing.
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Psychological advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Psychological advice needed

Read this and don't weep -

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrano_ ... rac_(play)

(If you cannot read it then weep.)
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 113
Views: 5628

Re: World Youth Championships

Perhaps the interaction is meant to imply that to extrapolate, in some way or other, beyond FIDE rating performances in the direction of the detection of cheating is a fine exercise in rational statistics that may require the equivalent of a modern Sherlock Holmes ably assisted by Dr. Watson. (Not t...
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 13487

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

'Thus, Armageddon was the only resource left to put an end to the match. Vitiugov had the white pieces and saw how his opponent inexplicably gave away two pawns as early as move 9. The Russian had a winning position by move 17, but... " (Chessbase News) I'm not the only spectator to be confused by t...
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 13487

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Steven DuCharme wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:48 am
Go MVL & Yu
MVL got through then and Yu-Vitiugov going to Armageddon.