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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33554

Re: 4NCL Online

Thomas Rendle wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:29 am
I think this is easier to avoid with ECF events as players will know each other.
A couple of names of potential participants in the British Championship and Division one 4NCL have escaped. There may be more. What's the likely reaction to their future involvement?
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: Puzzle

The rook capture either wins a bishop or forces white to recapture with the f pawn, vacating a vital square for a pawn later to hem in the black king e5-e4 becomes possible if the white King wanders too far away trying to invade the King side. Thus some calculation needed to check variations. But s...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33554

Re: 4NCL Online

You can very definitely see why you need Ken's move quality data rather than 'raw' performance data to conclude anything. A lot of people badly unperformed vs their OTB strength. I think I saw a disclosure that the case in the 2018 Telford Minor showed off the scale values. It's a different sort of...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5759

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

(though I don't understand why match points are used over game points in all-play-all groups, but again that's just what I'm used to). English, Welsh and Scottish Leagues are usually run on a match point system. The internal Cambridge college league of fifty years ago ran on game points, but that's...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5759

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Several knock-out sides bore little resemblance to the sides that had come through the groups, so the first season in general wasn't as lopsided as it would appear from just looking at the final. Was there a good reason for the somewhat convoluted pairing schemes used as opposed to a team Swiss? Yo...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Postponement - official
Replies: 18
Views: 2153

Re: Postponement - official

The chances of the 4NCL resuming in August are IMHO negligible. If there's a second wave of coronavirus we can say goodbye till 2021 at the earliest. The latest NIC magazine has an advert for the Gibraltar Festival giving its January 2021 dates. It was reported elsewhere that Gibraltar had successf...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using a ball in chess
Replies: 14
Views: 856

Re: Using a ball in chess

But you don't often hear chess commentators saying "this is like a game of football" I believe I have heard a decisive move not infrequently described as "putting the ball in the back of the net". It didn't take long for "Game Over" to move sideways from the first generation of video games and beco...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 139
Views: 18926

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:24 pm
100 pound question
For "fastest finger", list these chess pieces in ascending/descending order of relative value, rook, pawn, queen, bishop.

Or you could do, starting from the White's left hand corner, arrange these pieces in order, bishop, knight, queen, rook.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 108
Views: 8777

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Government guidance in which Indoor gatherings are limited to members of any 2 households (or support bubbles); while outdoor gatherings are limited to members of any 2 households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most 6 people from any number of households. and 2d: Vulnerable people Certain g...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: The Chess Pit Podcast
Replies: 43
Views: 4534

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

If you found yourself paired against someone you know has been banned from an online server, how would you feel? A slightly different question if you aren't privy to all the detail gossip would be:- If you found yourself paired against someone you knew had been part of a squad one of whose members ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Don’t cancel your chess congress - hold it online!
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Don’t cancel your chess congress - hold it online!

I'm intrigued to learn the of the potential correlations between "unusual attire" and cheating ? Is this something you have noticed in any opponents or other players ? If someone is trying to consult a device during over the board play without it being noticed, I would have thought there were three...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Don’t cancel your chess congress - hold it online!
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Don’t cancel your chess congress - hold it online!

which, if I've understood it correctly, implies that using FIDE Anti Cheating software for online events is unreliable due to the lack of "something independent of the consideration of chess analysis and statistical matching to a computer." In over the board events there are such indicators as freq...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 108
Views: 8777

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:50 am
I'm not sure that I wish to see photos of chess being played in other countries.
Two tables, two sets, one clock.

I suppose your clock button is no further away than i8.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5759

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:11 pm
Yes. The 4NCL website shows the team rankings for season 2
Would new teams always come in at the bottom?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2391

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Wasn’t Hartston board 1 because he was British Champion though? I think that was the tradition back then. I could be wrong. Hartston did slightly edge ahead of Keene in the 1973-74 period. There was never any expectation that the British Champion would even be selected for the Olympiad team, let al...