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by Francis Fields
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Contribution to chess
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Contribution to chess

Under sporting law a player can be deemed to have made a contribution. A professional chess player told me that this only applies to professionals in chess. I would like to know what other people think. A chess player can have published games, played for a long time or had enough results against pro...
by Francis Fields
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Until Alpha Zero, they also had to use the rules their programmers taught them. So they would calculate ahead and then check the resulting position against the evaluation, retaining only those lines that lead to positions thought worthy of further consideration. I think the thoughts are in the wron...
by Francis Fields
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3317

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

Having visited numerous libraries during my life, I will post the image of the book (with a chessboard) when I can remember and find it.
by Francis Fields
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Since the first chess algorithm was written by Alan Turing in the 1950's, the chess computers have relied on calculation to improve their strength as the computers got faster. AlphaZero was the game-changer as it learned how to play by itself. How this was achieved is serious science and if there ar...
by Francis Fields
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3317

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

The movie is mentioned in Lionel Burrell's biography 'The Waistcoat' that I found in a local library. I could not find it on Amazon after a brief look though the biography said that this movie helped to make Lionel Burrell as Charlie Chaplin who he co-starred with became so famous.
by Francis Fields
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Teaching chess ending
Replies: 4
Views: 1366

Re: Teaching chess ending

I once taught a junior 6 endgames in 30 minutes. 3 Kind and pawn(s) v King, two Rook and pawn v rook and a Bishop v Knight, where the Knight dominated. A small number of thoughts and ideas about the endgame is always useful to the improving chess player.
by Francis Fields
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3317

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

It was a mistake to say that it was King takes King Bishop two check. As it was the King's gambit it should have been Bishop takes etc. This is then the explanation for 'mate in 14 or ...'. Lionel Burrell starred alongside Charlie Chaplin in Midnight Express, Charlie Chaplin's first speaking film in...
by Francis Fields
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 3317

Lionel Burrell the chess player

Lionel Burrell an actor who appeared in 1920's silent movies and had speaking parts in the 1930's says in his biography that he was a chess player. " We use to meet in a café for a game of chess not far from Euston in London. My partner brought along the chess set, there was no clock, and we sipped ...
by Francis Fields
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2619

Re: The word rook and Persia

Since the first edition of the OED (edited by Sir James Murray, father of chess historian Harold Murray), began in the 1880s and was completed in 1928, and had 10 volumes, while the edition currently in preparation is the 3rd, I think we can assume you are thinking of some other dictionary entirely...
by Francis Fields
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 2359

Re: Piece values

A bishop is worth more than a knight in most positions and used to be called the minor exchange.
by Francis Fields
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 3699

Re: Chess in Newspapers

I had a look at the page but I only understood the picture!
by Francis Fields
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Right/wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 1518

Re: Right/wrong?

Does anyone think it is incorrect to have letters and numbers on a chess board that could aid the memory?
by Francis Fields
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2619

The word rook and Persia

According to the Oxford English Dictionary 1752, the first edition of which there were 27 volumes, the word rook means wind from a chariot. I have seen a chess book that says rook means chariot. In the 11th edition of the OED it says that rook simply means wind. The word rook is believed to come fro...
by Francis Fields
Wed May 22, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 4035

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Henry Bird a nineteenth century chess player who wrote the Times chess column for many years and played an e3/b3 setup long before Nimzovich or Larsen wrote in his 1893 book that the modern rules date from the 15th century. I have also heard that the 50 move was introduced in 1847. Previously: Pawns...
by Francis Fields
Thu May 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: Chess Matches

I have heard of the lost olympiad as it is mentioned in the olympiad book, though I have not seen the evidence.

I was referring to matches between countries and have heard it was in the 18th century though I find this difficult to believe.