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by David Robertson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 73
Views: 5802

Re: Candidates 2019

Muzychuk A - Muzychuk M just started

Predictions? :D
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Nice tweet here from Olimpiu Urcan showing the frustration (and disgust?) on Grischuk's face at the nonsense required of them in the Aronian - Grischuk Armageddon . Who hasn't been there in a local QPF or similar, losing on time amid random moves and chaos. At elite level, it's going to ruin the game
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Grischuk - So - Drawn in under ten minutes. Just taking the p!ss. One of the worst games you'll ever see. Utter farce!
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:36 am
Best way for organisers to generate “exciting” tournaments is in player selection
Exactly so (though not, exactly, So)
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:17 pm
I suspect it may be more to do with the organisers and broadcasters
Please don't mollify my rants
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:30 pm
David Robertson wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm
It incentivises quick draws
Given the scoring system, that is one thing it certainly does not do.
Yes, it does. Chess is an exercise in risk-aversion
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: Sid Kirby

RIP Sid

I never knew you
Though perhaps I did
In any club on lower boards
In lower divisions. You were
Always there, doing your best
Which was never very good -
But still, it was your best.
And now you are at rest.
Grade 24C
RIP
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

It's not clear to me what the Armageddon game is there to do It incentivises quick draws, or risk-free 'suck-it-and-see' play by White in the certain knowledge that you get a second bite in the slap-up of the Armageddon. Just rubbish. Typical bureaucratic, arbiter-nexus, admin non-chess-player solu...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Round 1 saw five draws and five armageddon games with white winning four of them.
My verdict (fwiw)?
Farce
by David Robertson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3082
Views: 337053

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:06 pm
Whatever these pieces are, £1m is still £1m.
And always check in your drawers, guys. You may find hidden treasures there
by David Robertson
Fri May 31, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Carlsen, Game Changer & AI - LRB article
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Re: Carlsen, Game Changer & AI - LRB article

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 9:06 pm
I'm not sure it is, as I had to use my login to read beyond the first few paragraphs
I didn't use my login initially; hence, discovered you get three 'free' articles/month. I assume this applies to non-regular users. Hope so
by David Robertson
Fri May 31, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Carlsen, Game Changer & AI - LRB article
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Carlsen, Game Changer & AI - LRB article

There's a long, thoughtful and nicely written piece in the current edition of the London Review of Books. It assesses two books - Game Changer, and a book I don't know on the last WC match.

Very well worth the read. LRB is paywalled, but this should be accessible in full to non-subscribers
by David Robertson
Sun May 26, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5371

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 4:51 am
It looks like a waste of time and money to me.
How silly. I'd have thought Carlsen - Karjakin in rd 5 was alone worth the admission price
by David Robertson
Fri May 24, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2019-20 Season
Replies: 24
Views: 4134

Re: 2019-20 Season

BREAKING.....

Weekend 5 (D1/2) - Back to Telford
by David Robertson
Thu May 23, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Psychology of Chess
Replies: 7
Views: 1837

Re: Psychology of Chess

I've read this now. It's short (114pp); intelligent; accessible to the general reader; covers the bases; and is appropriately measured in its treatment of evidence. There's a short but useful reading list-cum-bibliography at the end. Shortcomings? It's not meant to be an academic monograph, but all ...