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by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It’s hard at this point not to expect the present government to make a dog’s breakfast of this uniquely huge vaccination roll out. I'm going to keep trying, although yes :) In terms of a vaccine roll out in the UK, the Oxford vaccine still has a few questions marks. The news today is they haven't g...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

So Cornwall can have a little rule of 6 adult chess. Lol The chances of much of the country going into Tier 1 before the summer seems quite remote given that the vaccine roll out will likely be a longer process than some optimistic predictions suggest. Vaccinating 'everyone' (or enough for herd imm...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It is. Getting a venue that good in central York for basically nothing for decades was some form of minor miracle :)
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I'd definitely be somewhat wary of 'distorting' the winter league by finishing off several matches of it in summer. Maybe best to use 'points per game' to decide these leagues, as was done in football by EFL divisions 1&2 and NL. But perhaps it's still too early to be discussing this. That can get ...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Very unlikely to get the second - there'll be a fair few marginal venues who have shut for good, or at least until some brave soul tries to reopen them. For instance, York have lost the RI in York. Sold back to Network rail. That had, to be honest, been coming for a while - its bang in the city cent...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Are people really going to want to play the winter 2018/19 remanent in Summer 2021 and then immediately into a winter season? Especially since the restrictions on a variety of types of holiday are likely to be in place through Spring then gradually lift as we go further into the year. I'd definitely...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Have people started thinking of planning for Autumn 2021/22 yet? With the vaccine (and likely others as same targets etc) coming through, it looks to be a pretty good bet that we'll finally be clear in time to start a putative 21/22 league season on a roughly normal time scale. That will leave a lot...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155707

Re: Cheating in chess

If a 1500 player is consistently performing at 2500 then either the initial rating is very very wrong or they are cheating. How do you tell the difference, particularly for Juniors with out of date rapid ratings? Actually why not forget about ratings determined by results at all? Produce ratings by...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian White
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: Brian White

That's sad.

I'm hopeless with names but Darlington was definitely a nice little club when I was there a few years back.
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155707

Re: Cheating in chess

Yes, its just hard. I do find the idea of effectively setting out to catch only the casual cheats a bit 'off' somehow, but obvious practical reasons. As for Wifi? Most vs Ethernet on a landline I think. Some won't have good internet at all of course but they're already excluded by it being an online...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155707

Re: Cheating in chess

Potentially nearly impossible to have no electronics in its strictest sense I would think, especially if they're still living with their parents. (Not that I imagine many people would fully apply that.). I do wonder slightly how worthwhile it is. Even with all of this there's a variety of ways someo...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Interesting study
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: Interesting study

In SF's case its a purposeful choice to limit their search space to make them stronger in real games. There's probably some way to force it to do a more exhaustive search than usual which would let it solve the puzzle. (Really old engines definitely had this, no idea if it has survived.). Leela is f...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1329
Views: 68838

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The geography of this stuff does get a bit amusing. Warrington has apparently declared independence from all counties?!

Maybe at some point they'll manage to admit that Liverpool & Manchester & friends aren't that far off one conurbation :)
by MartinCarpenter
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155707

Re: Lichess criteria?

Having heard of another friend (of 200+ strength) being banned by Lichess is it possible to document the criteria Lichess use to ban people? Are the following possible? I'll try at least. 1. Having someone follow the same game using the same IP address? 2. Having another lichess window open and wat...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Heidelberg 2nd autumn 2020 tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: Heidelberg 2nd autumn 2020 tournament

I'd be very surprised if private testing did that - there's quite a large false negative rate on the current tests :(