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by Matthew Turner
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caplin Hastings All-Play-All
Replies: 36
Views: 2408

Caplin Hastings All-Play-All

It is the Caplin Hastings All-Play-All this weekend. Play starts at 1pm each day, with 6 rounds on Saturday and 5 rounds on Sunday. It is a great initiative and you can support it just by watching the games. Simon Williams and Jovanka Houska will be doing a great commentary here https://www.twitch.t...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions

Wadih, As an organiser you really decide how many rounds you are going to have, so having a lot more extra rounds is not normally an option. If you have a lot of players, should you have one big qualifier or split it up into smaller qualifying groups? This is really a question about what the players...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Tournament rankings: some statistical questions

Wadih, There are some interesting ideas here and you might well be able to apply this to tennis, but I think there are some significant problems when applying it to chess The most obvious problem is the impact of draws, but having a qualifier and championships is also hugely beneficial for online ev...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1573
Views: 85646

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Is the coronavirus vaccine for Covid like?

A) The vaccine for Polio
B) The coronavirus vaccine for Flu

My guess would be B
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 12879

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

There will need to be at least one more British Online Championships. The one definite sanction being imposed on those who have been found to be cheating is that they will be banned from the next British Online Championships. If there are no such Championships, there will be nothing from which to b...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

Re: Question about arbiters

Wadih, I attended a ECF Level Arbiters course alongside a participant with a similar profile to yourself. 1. The course is a couple of days 2. The cost is negligible 3. The idea is that this gives you a strong grounding and then you move up the levels through practical experience 4. I think you'll f...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Countdown?
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Countdown?

Matt Turner was on it, and did extremely well. Not long afterwards, he played in the Hastings Premier.The commentator, Chris Ward, suggested to the audience that they try to make words out of the abcdefgh along the sides of a board, with an a borrowed from the next board to make 9. I don't recall t...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2053
Views: 175880

Re: Cheating in chess

Things are obviously happening behind the scenes because there are less google search results about Maghsoodloo than there used to be :)
by Matthew Turner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Countdown?
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Countdown?

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:06 am
Did he enjoy it do you know? Viz often described Carol Vorderman as 'thinking man's crumpet', I wonder if she really was?
Absolutely tremendous experience, amazing repartee between contestants, presenters and audience
by Matthew Turner
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 12879

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

All in all, I think this was a very successful tournament, so a big thank you to everyone involved.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 12879

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Fortunately my computer didn't know you couldn't take Queens off with Bishops that are pinned, so I think I've dodged the anti-cheating protocols.

https://www.chess.com/live/game/6132596403
by Matthew Turner
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The dangers of dominoes!
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: The dangers of dominoes!

John Upham wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:11 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:07 pm
What on earth is happening to our country? Haven't the police got better things to do than this?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-55503852
I assumed I would be learning something about pizza restaurants : sadly disappointed.
Moved to the pedants' thread?
by Matthew Turner
Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2053
Views: 175880

Re: Cheating in chess

If the cheats knew how I was doing it, they can modify behaviours to stop me detecting meaning I have to develop more methods... Andy, Yes I do get that, at least in a limited way, but not here. I wonder whether the platform is saying that Parham is playing online blitz as well as Carlsen, to which...
by Matthew Turner
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 12879

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Breaking up three pairings and keeping all the colours the same we can have

Rabindra - Frostick

Conway - Wilmoth

Hill - Brusey

I'm not claiming that is better or worse, just an alternative.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2053
Views: 175880

Re: Cheating in chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:30 pm
Matthew Turner wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:23 pm
Yes they do - all titled player accounts are verified.
So what rating do you think they are using?
Those making the decision to close Maghsoodloo's account would be aware of all the ratings (online and OTB) that the player holds.
Any thoughts on the games?