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by MartinCarpenter
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 28
Views: 1863

Re: Fat Fritz 2

Is it the case that if I let Stockfish NNUE analyse one of my games it will record something in its neural net in case the same positions, or themes, arise again? If it does, it's not obvious. Last weekend I analysed my most recent game with Stockfish with a small hash table that was often filling ...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98922

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I am a bit cautious about the autumn and winter. I don't share Nick Faulk's level of suspicion of government motives. But I can imagine things going wrong that would put pressure on the NHS. If anything is impacted, gatherings of vulnerable people in indoor venues seem to me likely to be disrupted....
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5287

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

4NCL is normally early November, then early January & February; it could be an idea to go October, November, then March, April, May, although Easter being a moveable feast is a difficulty Wouldn't that feel like a really weirdly long break? The other problem was moving dates is likely finding gaps ...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5287

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Am I really the only person who really doesn't like the idea of summer chess OTB?

Summer evening leagues always seem to have far fewer players than winter ones.
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How would a game against yourself go?
Replies: 15
Views: 936

Re: How would a game against yourself go?

Ha ha how embarrassing. I guess it's a demonstration of how often I've changed my openings, or at least particularly when it comes to queenside openings which are what I've played as White since the early and mid-Nineties. I might be wrong but I don't know that I've even reached (restricting myself...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5287

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Isn't doing anything over summer/early Autumn going to run into major issues with everyone being on holiday at once?

Less so in Div 1 I suppose, but I could imagine Div 3 having huge absences. Not sure where 2 falls :)
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1748

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

Were it anyone else, that represent a very clear case of an overdose of internet blitz :)

Hard to think what he might have missed, but presumably its rather closer to working than it looks.
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98922

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

good to hear and people safety is more important (hope by then most of the public will be vaccine by then) One vaccine by this August maybe. You do need two to have it done properly, and that's 3 months on + likely a few weeks post that to reach full protection. So everyone who gets their first vac...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 12177

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

I think that sum is going to get frightening, because he only gets the 2840 performance by hurting some other people on the way....
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185318

Re: Cheating in chess

Yes. iirc they might need a new email account but obviously no barrier at all.

IP Address isn't that hard to dodge, no. The gaming companies can at least insist on running stuff on your computer to get access. Gives them a few more options.
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185318

Re: Cheating in chess

[*] Move time is the advantage online providers have versus OtB. You can clearly see that someone moving in 4-6 seconds each move (average of 5 with a standard deviation of 1) in a 5+0 gme is more likely to be a cheat. This is I do wonder about - aren't most cheats manually reading moves off engine...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 204
Views: 15025

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I was thinking more about what it means for the roll-out of the vaccine rather than the specifics of the case itself. The comforting thing there is that, unlike everything else so far, a vaccine roll out is very hard to truly mess up. Yes it'll be a bit slower than the ideal for a bunch of reasons ...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 204
Views: 15025

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I saw this article on the BBC which I think is staggering, it is definitely worth a read https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-54906234 That looks like non intuitive but probably actually very sensible public health guidelines. The vaccines don't do any good if you're already infected and in...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John G Bycroft
Replies: 2
Views: 777

Re: John G Bycroft

Now that is very sad, and far too early.

I never really met him much because I started playing Woodhouse just before Hull pulled out but Hull really were enormously strong during the decade or two before that. Thirteen Yorkshire leagues in a row, iirc.
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 204
Views: 15025

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Maybe the film version? Denethor in the books is quite impressive overall, before he gives into tragic despair - which certainly isn't a state of mind Boris appears especially prone to!

What is more surprising in a way is that they can't seem to find a way to govern 'round' Boris either.