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by ben.graff
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Fever
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Chess Fever

Mark Ozanne has written a great piece in Chess this month on his new book, Chess Fever . In the interests of full transparency, we share a publisher. That said, I loved this novel anyway. I wanted to post a short review in a personal capacity. Nobody asked me to do this. I just think Mark Ozanne is ...
by ben.graff
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: SCCU bulletin archive
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: SCCU bulletin archive

I very much enjoyed reading through this fascinating archive. Wonderful. I did smile at A.E.Hopkins editorial in the second bulletin - November 1958: "May I thank all those who have written in to express their appreciation of Chess Fare No.1. That it is being well received is gratifying but may I on...
by ben.graff
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Machines Like Me And People Like You by Ian McEwan
Replies: 1
Views: 1026

Re: Machines Like Me And People Like You by Ian McEwan

I read this recently. I would say "good" by McEwan standards, which still equates to "brilliant" relative to most other writers. There are some flaws. A robot that can't lie feels a bit quaint, and a lot turns on this somewhat cliched assumption. The setting in an alternative 1982, is alright but in...
by ben.graff
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 44
Views: 2737

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas. Best wishes to all on the Forum for 2020. I reviewed The Moves that Matter , for the January edition of Chess and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm happy to share the PDF with anyone who wants to upload it here - I tried and failed... For me, Jonathan’s personal ...
by ben.graff
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT
Replies: 11
Views: 1086

Re: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT

Getting back on topic... The report could not be clearer in its findings. Those who took the time to do such a thorough piece of work deserve our thanks. Carl’s own statement is also really helpful. What’s left to say? Perhaps only to wish Carl the best of luck. I know he will do a terrific job.
by ben.graff
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14109

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Given Tim has said he is going to appeal, I can well understand why Carl will want to respect the ongoing process, by not commenting at this time. However, I did want to highlight that seeing as the Complaints Panel has just concluded that there were no issues with the appointment process, that shou...
by ben.graff
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andy Price
Replies: 6
Views: 1410

Andy Price

Very sad news. I am sorry to have to inform the forum that Andy Price passed away on the 12th August, after a few days in hospital. Andy was a regular at Leamington Chess Club for over forty years, and was playing for Throw in the Tal in the 4NCL in recent seasons. He was in Torquay only a couple of...
by ben.graff
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Fritz 14
Replies: 2
Views: 2264

Re: Deep Fritz 14

Thanks Roger - I didn't know the guide was there. A combination of that and a helpful chat with London Chess and Bridge have got me going now.

I do think these things should be easier to use - but seem to have got there in the end.
by ben.graff
Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deep Fritz 14
Replies: 2
Views: 2264

Deep Fritz 14

Hi everyone, I've just got Deep Fritz 14 and am struggling. Two questions. (1) How do you download the manual? There doesn't seem to be any obvious link to it that I can see. (2) I've typed in a game to analyse. Within the analysis menu the main options are find position/ classify opening and let's ...
by ben.graff
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to the Polgar-Kasparov footage?
Replies: 21
Views: 7149

Re: Whatever happened to the Polgar-Kasparov footage?

I read somewhere (frustratingly I can't remember where) that an expert in these things measured the length of time that Kasparov had his hand off the Knight for. Apparently, it was so short a fraction that it's possible a human might not have been able to register it. Not totally conclusive (and of ...
by ben.graff
Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen strength v Kasparov at his peak...
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

Carlsen strength v Kasparov at his peak...

In other words, has Carlsen already done enough to be seen as the best player of all time?? The case for might go something like this... 1. Higher rating 2. Computers say he is more accurate 3. Level of dominance over peers (a stronger group than previous generations??) 4. More "complete" player (en...
by ben.graff
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Governance Review?
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: ECF Governance Review?

Dave, I did say "corporate," meaning a FTSE or something of that nature. That semantic point aside, I think it's really interesting to hear your experience that other sporting bodies face similar challenges, so I take the substance of your point. Perhaps this could be another strand to draw on in lo...
by ben.graff
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Governance Review?
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

ECF Governance Review?

I couldn't help but reflect that the ECF finds itself in a situation that just wouldn't be possible in "normal," Corporate Organisations. In most Organisations if the Chairman (President) or another senior figure fails a confidence vote, they stand down. (The semantics of exactly what form of vote t...
by ben.graff
Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Improvement possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 1846

Re: Is Improvement possible?

All really interesting. So we've established that improvement is possible. Why is it then that most players don't really improve? Where are they going wrong in their approach to development? (I include myself in this category.) Andy - whatever else we establish - try not to improve too much before o...
by ben.graff
Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Improvement possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 1846

Re: Is Improvement possible?

Wow Joey - that is amazing improvement.

What was your "secret?" Did you have a training plan/ strategy to improve?