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by John Foley
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Time Odds v Players' Ratings
Replies: 9
Views: 2916

Time Odds v Players' Ratings

I recall playing in a blitz tournament with time odds related to the players' ratings.
Does anybody know where I can find a handicap schedule?

More generally, has there been any analysis of playing strength v time control?
by John Foley
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: deferred draw acceptance
Replies: 30
Views: 10142

Re: deferred draw acceptance

Spectators and organisers prefer to see games as battles rather than as exercises in risk-minimisation. Hence the disappointment when players eschew the sporting encounter, particularly when there is plenty of play left in the game. To address this, the introduction of deferred draw acceptance has m...
by John Foley
Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Calibration of chess grades with respect to other activities
Replies: 19
Views: 2413

Re: Calibration of chess grades with respect to other activi

Chess ratings - Elo versus the Rest of the World

Here is a statistics competition that may be of interest to the more numerically oriented.

http://kaggle.com/component/taskmaster/ ... sk_id=2447
by John Foley
Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Board game
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: New Board game

Unimpressed. 0/10
by John Foley
Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess blogs
Replies: 17
Views: 3095

Re: Chess blogs

Rather than setting up a blog -which is a lot of effort to maintain - why not start by being a contributor to an existing blog / website? I am sure that Streatham and Brixton would welcome thoughtful articles, as indeed would any blogmeister. Even Kingston would welcome contributors.
by John Foley
Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: New Directors of Women's Chess
Replies: 75
Views: 8272

Re: New Directors of Women's Chess

Two directors? Fantastic! It's hard enough to get anyone to stand for anything. Best of luck to them.
by John Foley
Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32040

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Warren Kingston wrote:PPE?
Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

As studied also by a certain Steve Giddins of the British Chess Magazine.
by John Foley
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32040

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Didn't know the likes of Kant (and Fichte, Hegel, Schilling) were taught at Oxford. The English suspicion and antipathy towards architectonic German thought. Thought there was a bias toawards arid analytic philosophy. On the contrary, Kant is a giant much respected in Oxford. Philosophy 101. Histor...
by John Foley
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32040

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Out of idle curiosity, I wonder how many of the uni-bound chessplayers have opted for easy courses (journalism, PPE). PPE attracts a lot of high-achievers for an "easy" subject. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notable_people_with_PPE_degrees_from_Oxford plus Jonathan Rowson and Raaphy Persitz. Perhaps...
by John Foley
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs
Replies: 121
Views: 14783

Re: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs

This thread is at least ten years out of date. The music industry has already been through the phase of trying to turn back the tide of digital copying. The answer is to embrace the digital age and make the content widely available through a platform which recovers revenues from an advertising / sub...
by John Foley
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of British Junior Championships
Replies: 14
Views: 2171

Re: History of British Junior Championships

Ken Inwood is President of Kingston Chess Club. If somebody could clarify the issue to be resolved, I will raise it with him.
by John Foley
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Chess lovers dating site
Replies: 5
Views: 2166

Chess lovers dating site

I've seen some mating gambits in my time .. but this is star-cross'd.

http://www.chesslover.co.uk
by John Foley
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 18347

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

The chess café concept has been proved commercially unviable in modern times in London and Paris. It worked in days gone by because the world was so different. People could linger, they were not connected into a global communications network, and City centre retail costs were relatively lower. The ...
by John Foley
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Counties Abolished
Replies: 94
Views: 5335

Re: Counties Abolished

John Saunders wrote:
I live in Kingston-upon-Thames, which has a postal address with "Surrey" in it but isn't a part of Surrey administratively. Or something equally boring of that sort. I'm not a member of any Surrey club so am I eligible?
John, you are always welcome to play for Kingston Chess Club.
by John Foley
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arrived at Canterbury.
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Arrived at Canterbury.

Be careful climbing over the wall to the private swimming pool :-)