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by Paul McKeown
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Bandit website

Plastering this story all over their twitter feed and facebook page seems to have provoked some sort of response. I shall await developments.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Bandit website

And, of course, only one week's advance notice of the renewal, to make it really awkward to cancel.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Bandit website

Two emails and two voice messages left on their corporate telephone number (USA), no sign of a response. I fear they will just attempt to renew, without bothering to remove me from their subscribers. Easy money, no customer care necessary. I guess I will have to talk to my bank to see if there is an...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 115
Views: 15139

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Disgraceful treatment by chess.com of Justin Horton. Not just disgraceful, but also ridiculous, baffling and comical.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Bandit website

worldchess.com
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Bandit website

I paid for a subscription to the website for the last world championship. I assumed they were a normal type of web business, however, I just got an email saying they would renew my subscription for $25 on November 9th. There is no visible means to remove one's subscription, either in the email or on...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phone latest
Replies: 10
Views: 2501

Re: Mobile Phone latest

Most of this is paranoid drivel. Android is open source and anyone can inspect the source code, compile it and reinstall on their phone if they believe their phone is compromised. They are free to find any security flaws, write their own code to remove them and install their modified code, too. Ther...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 5949 moves : is this a maximum ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1313

Re: 5949 moves : is this a maximum ?

It assumes the 50 move rule as being automatically enforceable. That is, as we know, not correct. It is the 75 move rule that is a guillotine.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2707

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

You seem dissatisfied with Stewart's, above, response - perhaps because he refuses to cooperate, here, in trying to get the two systems to come closer together and kind of agree more with each other in a better/best possible fit? I would prefer it if you were not to put words into my mouth, as I ha...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2707

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:38 pm
Why does anyybody expect the ECF Grade to coincide precisely with a FIDE Rating and that to wrok wih different numbers?
And here we have a typical rhetorical device. Attack a strawman and do it to death.
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 2235

Re: Preferences for a weekender

John, you can always vote for multiple options, if there are several formats that appeal.

I would add "BankHol. Fri. - Mon. 7 rounds" if I knew how, but it doesn't seem possible to amend the poll options after initial declaration. Apologies for the ineptitude.
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 2235

Re: Preferences for a weekender

what kind of weekender do you primarily prefer I barely play these days at all. Too busy trying to organise. I'm trying to ascertain what active players themselves would like to see, rather than project my own ideas. (The idea of personally playing a standard play at the moment would terrify me! I ...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2707

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

Thanks, Roger, but isn't that just per the current formula (FIDE = 7.5 * ECF + 700), rounded to the nearest nice number? (It's also agrees exactly with the old formula, FIDE = 8 * ECF + 600, which held from the 1970s will into the 2000s...) Do you think 175 and 2000 are equivalent? (My impression is...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating/grading bounds correlations
Replies: 28
Views: 2707

Re: Rating/grading bounds correlations

Roger, rather a gnomic utterance. Pinning you down on a number is the devil's own job. Would you care to make an actual suggestion? (I'm trying to set fair cut-offs for grading prizes and section entries, not some abstruse "ranking" exercise.)
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 2235

Re: Preferences for a weekender

That's 240 minutes (4 hours) for each player. 8 hours elapsed time in total for two rounds. Add a third game and it's 12 hours. Roger, I think you mean it's 4 hours for the game, not for each player. Yes, 12 hours for 3 games, which is in accordance with the regulation: 3. Playing Time per Day 3.1 ...