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by Joseph Conlon
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is there a win here?
Replies: 4
Views: 1637

Re: Is there a win here?

Qh5 followed by Bd1?
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 5738

Re: Handshakes

Alex: I don't think so. Or to be more precise, I think there are plenty of circumstances where the act of initiating a handshake, by itself, would automatically denote either resignation or acceptance of a draw offer, whether or not accompanied by anything else. I also find it hard to think of circu...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 5738

Re: Handshakes

Is there ever a good reason for not shaking hands after the game? It is worth pointing out that a handshake on its own does not confirm the end of the game. It occasionally happens that a player suddenly realises that he/she hasn't been mated, lost significant material or whatever and wishes to con...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 21227

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 a...
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 1333

Re: GH Hardy

I'm writing a short article on Hardy which was the reason for the query. I know he played as there is e.g. a bet in the New College (where he was for a decade) betting book as to whether or not some other don had defeated Hardy at chess. I doubt he played in tournaments, but his enormous professiona...
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 1333

GH Hardy

The famous early 20th century mathematician GH Hardy played chess at least socially, and makes various references to it in some of his lectures or writings (e.g. comparing proof by contradiction (favourably) to gambits, saying that the chessplayer gambits a piece but the mathematician gambits the en...