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by MartinCarpenter
Wed May 26, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 22
Views: 1269

Re: Demis Hassabis

Or Brazil, or India (maybe!) or a few other places :(

Politics really did go very, very strange for a few years.
by MartinCarpenter
Thu May 20, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to play against engine-users on lichess
Replies: 39
Views: 1980

Re: How to play against engine-users on lichess

Especially if they were trying to recall some theory they'd looked at a while ago :) Can take a little while to work out if you can remember enough to feel like trying that sort of thing!
by MartinCarpenter
Tue May 18, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1448

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

b5 is just part of development, most often. Not if white has gone c4 of course. Then its a freeing break. The hedgehog positions from the Kan need quite careful handling. Read and digest Shipov's epic two book series on the hedgehog for some good answers.... (Actually read them anyway, they're genui...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon May 17, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 50
Views: 3052

Re: Chess clubs by size

Jack's observation about London makes sense, although I am surprised not to see more big clubs in other major cities. Perhaps the model we see in the sticks - many small clubs rather than a few big ones - is common in those areas too? How do you definite a city? I don't think of there being any cen...
by MartinCarpenter
Sun May 16, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 50
Views: 3052

Re: Chess clubs by size

Three C's for starters, I would think. Both strong in considerable depth and absolutely genuinely the product of a single club.

Harder to think otherwise without knowing precisely how tightly you want to define clubs (or enough about how it actually works down South/in London!).
by MartinCarpenter
Wed May 12, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Amusing miniature from Russian Premier League
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: Amusing miniature from Russian Premier League

I am puzzled as to why anyone would ever play 11...Kg7 instead of 11...Nge7, surely Black is fine after the latter, and just losing after the former? A miscalculation somewhere, either Ne8+ or something later on. The whole stranding the white knight on g7 thing isn't precisely intuitive! Kg7 is a v...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue May 04, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 92
Views: 5448

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

I was being careful not to put the name of the student in the public domain, but a quick Google search suggests that is not an issue! Like this for example https://bmos.ukmt.org.uk/home/imo-2020-pr.pdf Impressive :) Not sure she'll match Ramanujan but that's a frighteningly high standard of course....
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 53
Views: 5523

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

Interesting to see what happens. There's definitely a pragmatic case for sticking as close to the extant status quo as possible - any time the boundaries change significantly you lose established players, and they can be hard to replace even if you've got a theoretically large playing pool.
by MartinCarpenter
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 83
Views: 7976

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Interesting season so far, very productive one for White Rose! Does anyone have a clue about the long term future, or not, of the league? Iw as intrigued as to how well the current structure was stratifying things. Purely by average strength in the last round 1 through to 7: 2200, 1950, 1800, 1680, ...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 47
Views: 3070

Re: Takeback requests in online games

That (happily hypothetical!) would make me dream of the chess equivalent of procedural penalties in bridge :)
by MartinCarpenter
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 282
Views: 21565

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

You also have to remember all the time lags involved here. 3 weeks from jab to a vaccine doing anything, and a fair while from exposure to ending up in hospital. Looking at that second article, Chile basically got hit by a wave maybe two months before having enough vaccination to really control it. ...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2641
Views: 222918

Re: Cheating in chess

As to what is 'a reasonable suspicion', I believe that Mr Martynov has said that if the FPP considers the probability of cheating to have occurred to be 51% or higher then it should disqualify the player. I had heard that referenced before, but not from what I would call a reputable source. Are we ...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2641
Views: 222918

Re: Cheating in chess

Nick Ivell wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:37 am
I know very little about bridge, so can I please ask: what IS self-kibitzing?
Joining as a spectator to a table you're playing at so you can see all four hands.

Bridge Base Online can't ban spectators, and I guess its just hard to catch it when its all going through a website.
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2641
Views: 222918

Re: Cheating in chess

I have a question for those that know something about the statistical matching methods used to compare players' moves with engines' best n moves. Is there some allowance made for opening preparation being made in events which have moved from otb to online, particularly where long time controls have...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2641
Views: 222918

Re: Cheating in chess

I note Ali Mortazavi has tweeted yesterday about cheating in chess, if anyone is interested. Yes, shows no fear and openly names the player who allegedly cheated against him in the Bunratty Online Blitz. Ali wonders what’s the point if they aren’t real consequences for cheating? He suggests that th...