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by Michael Farthing
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 14
Views: 978

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

And at the end of the day the "reliability" of an IQ test is simply how well it correlates with other IQ tests. All rather circular. In times past there was the well-known catch phrase that "IQ is a measure of how good people are at doing IQ tests". I'm not quite that cynical, but OTOH I'm not that ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

But some of us studied beyond Sunday School and consider all possiibiities: Unusually for one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Bible does not explain the etymology of Benjamin's name. Medieval commentator Rashi gives two different explanations, based on Midrashic sources. "Son of the south", with sou...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Well I always understood Benjamin meant "Son of my Age(dness)"
by Michael Farthing
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2019 grades......
Replies: 27
Views: 2472

Re: July 2019 grades......

Errr... Why should Board Numbers be entertained? What relevance has that to grading? And how exactly is any software expected to detect that a grader has entered a wrong date or a wrong colour? I accept that it would be nice to have specific dates rather than a job lot for a batch - but hey - this i...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: most pieces on the back rank late in the game?
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: most pieces on the back rank late in the game?

[Event "Irish Championship Major"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.07.29"] [Round "2"] [White "Crichton, M."] [Black "Buckley, M."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A25"] [WhiteElo "1934"] [BlackElo "1723"] [Annotator "Crichton,M"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. c4 Nc6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 B...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I've just been trawling through Tim Spanton's blog site in search of (what I believed was) a promised map of Ireland. I was getting really really puzzled. Can I suggest to Tim that his link goes into his signature so that those of us with little brain don't get confused. https://proxy.duckduckgo.com...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35404

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Does anyone know when Malcolm Pein last played at the British (would he be responsive to a personal enquiry)? Malcom tells me: You or anyone may reply on my behalf. The last time I played was 1997 I think. Played Ward Gallagher Speelman Conquest Bates Emms Sasikiran. Remember being smashed flat by ...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 1681

Re: Piece values

I always thought there was something fundamentally wrong with the Game.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11034

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Such a rule has a benefit of protecting against small-but-finite probability events that have no bearing on chess skill. Suppose a GM is playing a 1400 rated player. There is a small probability that the GM has a phone or watch that goes off or alternatively that the lower rated player is cheating ...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11034

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:15 am
But how often are blue moons?
Every 2 to three years - not as rare as people think. The next one is due on Halloween next year.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2806

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:11 am
Paul Buswell's memory is totally blank.
That's very harsh Stewart!
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: The word rook and Persia

Were we? How is it different from saying that we are confused in Europe because the English say 'yes' the French say 'oui' and the Germans say 'ja'? Though on the chess front we remain just as "confused" as ever. Take England and Germany: England Germany Pawn Farmer Knight Jumper Bishop Runner Rook ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS
Replies: 8
Views: 1457

Re: I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS

The essential feature is correct: the queen is on her own colour.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 3953

Re: Quit Stallin'

It seems to me manifestly an objective fact that Joey has admitted there are a scant few books that are really good and worth owning. It may, of course not be an objective fact I suppose: perhaps someone has impersonated Joey and made the admission vicariously without him knowing. But I doubt it.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2485

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

Ah! Quis sarcasmiet ipsos sarcasmes? Ecco videmus.