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by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is sport!?
Replies: 16
Views: 1553

Re: Chess is sport!?

Wasn't Tony Banks (Minister of Sport in the 1st Blair government) just about to declare chess a sport when he was replaced by someone else?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9489

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

Would participants in this Portmeirion chess congress dream of being chased through the streets by large bouncing balls looking like the Covid19 virus?
by Mike Gunn
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 1915

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Pocket Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings by Jon Speelman (1981). This will be in my pocket when I set out on my daily walk in a few minutes time. There are lots of single volume (and some multi volume) guides which are not (and don't aim to be) encyclopaedic such as the 4 volumes by John Watson, the 2...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9653

Re: ECF Online County Championship

A chat room is a good idea.

Kevin, it's a bit like having a team full of Fred Mannings (in his later years).
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9653

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Kevin, it's much worse online. At least in the flesh you can count them and see them playing. You know the late ones are usually late and will probably turn up anyway. Online you wonder whether they all saw that last email or read the instructions properly ...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9653

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Speaking as a captain I found it approximately ten times more stressful and time consuming than organising a team and playing in an OTB county match. I really miss the social aspects, travelling, meeting people and so forth. But it is chess, although not as we know it (and we won our match by 1 poin...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1328
Views: 128482

Re: Cheating in chess

Thibault Duplessis (the founder of Lichess) has explained in a talk available on youtube that they don't actually ban cheaters, they don't allow them to play any more rated games and deliberately pair them against other cheaters. This talk was mentioned either higher up this thread or on another thr...
by Mike Gunn
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3705

Re: Harry Golombek games

Screw alignment: because this is the correct way to align one's knights on a chessboard?
by Mike Gunn
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 7912

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

As a university teacher I used to plot the distribution of exam marks and I very rarely got a normal distribution. My distributions more commonly resembled a two humped camel with maxima in the mark ranges 40-55 and 70-85. When we fed the marks into university marks system it would calculate mean ma...
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 30, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 7912

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

If you don’t want to wade your way through all of this I’m basically backing up OP Roger’s points that statistical inference may not work so well when applied to events resulting from human decisions. I wonder if anyone here has read any of the works of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Professor of Risk Engin...
by Mike Gunn
Tue May 26, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Re: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930

Danny Kiing's footnote 105: "'Sultan Khan won by out-playing the Spanish Champion in an endgame of bishop versus knight.'The Manchester Guardian 22 July 1930 -as quoted in Chess Olympiad Hamburg 1930, Gillam."
by Mike Gunn
Fri May 22, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 26
Views: 2219

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

Ah, but it's well known that grading systems don't work for lighthouse keepers!
by Mike Gunn
Thu May 21, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 26
Views: 2219

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

The Clarke grading system is 66 years old (born 1954) and it's being pensioned off!
by Mike Gunn
Sat May 16, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 2152

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I enjoyed the film too, despite the historical and technical errors (I nearly fell off the sofa with astonishment when one of them said "check"). Anyway my major quibble was portraying Fischer as believing in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy in 1972 - I thought this (and his mental illness) came later?...