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by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

They think it's all over ...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

If Carlsen and Caruana draw all the remaining games (including the armageddon), could this be the only case where a new world champion wins the title without winning a single game in the final? (Answer: no - Karpov in 1975.)
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

We, 8 not 7.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Googling shows there is more than one Matthew Sadler/ Alpha Zero video (the one I saw was on games 1, 3, 5 and 7). I can’t wait to get home and watch the others.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Check out a great video by Matthew Sadler where he discloses Alpha Zero's evaluations of positions/ games from the WC match.
by Mike Gunn
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The players were asked about the noise in press conference after the match. Apparently they could hear voices and the indication is somebody pressed the wrong button so conversations from elsewhere were briefly broadcast into the playing room. Returning to the point about replays I think the point c...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

A slightly more practical version of Christopher's idea: let's suppose you have a prize fund of £100,000. The if the match is drawn 6-6 after 12 games (no tiebreak) you give the players £25,000 each and then later you have a full replay match of 12 games if that is drawn 6-6 the players get £12,500 ...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Alex M's point is a fair one, so you could reschedule the idea as 10 standard play games, 10 rapidplay games (only to be played if no decisive result from standardplay) then (if needed) 10 blitz games and then (finally, if needed) 5 armageddons.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 39
Views: 9305

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Demis H was interviewed yesterday on the official commentary. He said that the best information on Alpha Zero is on their website but there are more academic papers on it due to appear soon. I guess they will focus on the AI, rather than the chess aspects, though.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Although I prefer the longer format of 24 game matches I can see that it may be difficult to go back to that. My main objection to the current format is that the result of the match can revolve around who gets which colour in the Armageddon game. One way of reducing the random element is to play the...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Although I prefer the longer format of 24 game matches I can see that it may be difficult to go back to that. My main objection to the current format is that the result of the match can revolve around who gets which colour in the Armageddon game. One way of reducing the random element is to play the...
by Mike Gunn
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Here are a few comments based on my visit yesterday: the venue is called (confusingly) on the ticket: "the College, Southampton Row". You can find no such building on google maps, but the ticket does give a more complete address: 12-42, Southampton Row, WC18 4AP and specify the entrance is in Theoba...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I have just examined my ticket for tomorrow and there is no small print about limited access to the theatre. The website gives the imprreession that you have unlimited access to the theatre, commentary room and other places (cafe, shop, area to play against your mates) in the venue.
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48243

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

We've been spoiled by the excellent spectator conditions at Olympia, I think. Conditions at either the Savoy (Kasparov-Short) or the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith (Kasparov-Kramnik) were a bit cramped for spectators as I recall, (outside the theatre where the players were playing) although I do rec...
by Mike Gunn
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"

1. Simon Williams' youtube videos are great at explaining what is going on (about 20 or 25 minutes for each game). (Watch after the game is over.) 2. Chess24 live commentary with Svidler/ Grischuk/ Sopiko is very good on analysis and also entertaining, but probably you need some chess knowledge beyo...