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by IanCalvert
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 4051

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I think chess is naturally described as a mind sport. The importance for public funding of "displaying physical skills" is I believe that historically physical skills were seen as healthy. This suggests , as a novel/desperate argument, that English chess advocates might argue that chess results in h...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

... when computer aided (database and engine) preparation for specific opponents is quickly possible? The effect of that is that pre-game preparation now extends down to players about ECF 150, if not lower. Those who spend time on preparation see their results improve and their grades go up. Those ...
by IanCalvert
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Team Board Orders & Grades

Do all leagues have team Board order rules related to grades? Doubtless there is often (always?) scope for subjective adjustment by team captains for under-rated juniors and others.What are the extreme examples of such adjustment rules? My question is do others think this practice of broadly grade d...
by IanCalvert
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12557

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Justin

Do you have any estimate of the start time for the 2018 Decider?{ Now just seen advice on Chess24}
by IanCalvert
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12557

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Anish after his draw seemed, in a post game interview , amazingly modest. Is he playing like Smyslov in 1982??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

Re: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th

I guess Gary has never read "How to cheat at Chess", what other English chess books might be appropriate??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to test one's chess level?
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: How to test one's chess level?

Arguably a stochastic view of chess level,would include a separation of quality of position after the opening on say a 7 point scale (+- to -+) and style of player on a four point , Boston matrix like scale . as described by Lars Bo Hansen in his Gambit books on strategy with an incorporation of an ...
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42222

Re: Cheating in chess

Nick

Public apologies for any inadvertent confusion caused by my paragraph "Maybe ...dynamic duo": I blame the technology .
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42222

Re: Cheating in chess

FIDE's anti cheating efforts need two targets. A point I made repeatedly when I was on the original Anti-Cheating Committee. Unfortunately, computer cheating was the hot topic about which FIDE felt they needed to look as if they were doing something, and there was no enthusiasm for anything else. T...
by IanCalvert
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 4176

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

Paul McKeown wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:59 am
A good friend and colleague of mine, a Romanian, was on the receiving end of this, two days ago

iMHO

Victims should be reassured by the majority AND perpetrators, whatever their networks, sanctioned publicly.
by IanCalvert
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 3985

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

I was once reliably informed that some Asian tiger countries see chess as a game for the young, honest. Maybe the answer is mainly CSC with a little help from plder players. clubs , ""counties" and the ECF?? Whatever happened to national chess day?
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1221

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Replace "without" with "with"
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1221

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Jonathan

Agreed , thanks.

My game was indeed an evening ( London) league match, I assume without generally much less opponent or opening preparation than is common in tournaments
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1221

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Doh, 218-171 = 47
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1221

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Thanks Jack and others. 500 FIDE rating points difference, with I guess an almost zero expected score, would have been better in my original post. The question followed a game on Thursday when I drew with a player rated 47( =217- 171) ECF points higher with astonishing ease. I had White, played 1.b3...