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by E Michael White
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4147
Views: 448707

Re: Media comments on chess

I dislike, even to this day, doing puzzles from books and magazines with Black to play and have to solve them 'upside down.' In helpmate problems, it's conventional to have black move first, which means both sides make the same number of moves. It somehow seems more appropriate for a helpmate probl...
by E Michael White
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Same position, different assessment

I've seen similar instances of this before, involving transpositions, but their occurring in this way makes it particularly easy to illustrate. If evidence of the Ken Regan and similar programs was ever to be subjected to a determined attempt in a court of law to discredit it, this inconsistency of...
by E Michael White
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1135

Re: Question about arbiters

My earlier post was to offer a puzzler and point out that the Black move preceding the checkmate does not have to be a Bishop move it could be a king move but not in Roger's position.
by E Michael White
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1135

Re: Question about arbiters

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:13 am
The previous move must necessarily have been ....Bg8
not so generally but in Roger's position yes !
by E Michael White
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13052

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:36 pm
arbiting duties
Are English Arbiters self employed suppliers of services and are they affected by any EU rules post Brexit when working in the EU?
by E Michael White
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180359

Re: Cheating in chess

My only dispute with this characterisation is that, in my experience, after years of bolting bits onto a program there comes a point when even its creator may lose track of exactly how it works. In one of Ken's papers he speaks of 28,000 lines of C++ code, which professionals in the field tell me i...
by E Michael White
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

Whilst waiting for my cup of tea to cool, I looked at my database again and found several other James Sherwin opponents, born before 1900. The earliest born was - Lewis J I Isaacs, who was born in 1878. However we are unfortunate in that he was born on 21 Dec, meaning that the gap is more likely to ...
by E Michael White
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

Well I checked out James Sherwin to see if in his long chess career he has played two players born more than 120 years apart and came up with these 2 games. Firstly in 1951 according to my database in an event in Syracuse he played against Marcel Duchamp, the French artist and chess player. Duchamp ...
by E Michael White
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

I joined a club in South Manchester in about 1963. Some of the members were well into their eighties. At least 1 member said he fought in the second Boer war which was about 1900. He would have had to have been born 1882 or earlier. More recently I played a junior in a local Blitz, who was born in 2...
by E Michael White
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3414

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

In connection with the original thread title only, it might be worth looking at Tony Kosten's record. I don't have any games of his before Manchester 1981 but next time I looked in about 1990, at age approx 32, he was a GM. Relying on memory here so will check and repost if incorrect unless someone ...
by E Michael White
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 306
Views: 30724

Re: Arbitration question

What should an arbiter do if a player, instead of completing his K-side casting, just moves his king to g8 and press the clock? Treat it in the same way as they would any other illegal move. Tell the player the move was illegal, put the king back on e1/e8 and tell the player he has to play a legal ...
by E Michael White
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12166

Re: Pedants United

MJMcCready wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:59 am
Use of "trouser" as a singular noun is not unknown.
As in trouser leg.
by E Michael White
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 2595

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

Surprisingly, given the strength of the line-up, that's the first game score from the 1964 Southend Premier that I've seen. Hello John. If you want to punt some time tracking a few game scores down you could try looking in the relevant range of Shakmatny Bulletin. I used to take that mag between ab...
by E Michael White
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12166

Re: Pedants United

pseudo collective words -

A variety of arbiters was/were queuing outside the local curry house for their dinners. Is variety singular or plural ?
by E Michael White
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 2595

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

I played Norman in about 1970. His writing was very unclear and the letters variable making it difficult to read, which we had to, to check on the number of moves made. Still it was way better than mine though ! Much more likely to be Bobs.